Interior Design students have an exciting opportunity to pursue a concentrated year of study in interior design at FIDM in Los Angeles, California. The FIDM program provides intense training in the technical areas of interior design and a strong focus on commercial design. Students electing to participate in this program apply to FIDM during their junior year and attend during their senior year. Upon successful completion of both programs, students earn an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in interior design from FIDM and a BA degree from SPU. Students considering this option should seek advisement early in their academic careers in order to meet the requirements of both FIDM and SPU in a timely manner.
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Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising is nationally recognized in the fields of fashion and interior design and is incorporated under the laws of the State of California. Established in 1969, this privately sponsored college is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The purpose of this unique college, which is the largest of its kind in the Western United States, is to unite the personal and educational goals of the student and the needs of the industry. The curriculum is designed to provide students with marketable skills and specialized expertise.
The Associate of Arts program in Interior Design has been designed to provide students with an exposure to the basic elements of interior design as a profession; use innovative and creative approaches to design problem solving; provide a broad cultural background; and develop technicians competent as illustrators, specifiers, merchandisers, and drafts person. This program prepares paraprofessionals and is accredited by the Foundation of Interior Design Education and Research (FIDER).
The three-year Professional Designation Program provides the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the interior design field as a professional, as defined by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Upon completion of this program, graduates will have fulfilled the requirements for associate membership in ASID. The emphasis of this program is on advanced residential and commercial projects in relation to up-to-date socio-behavioral aspects in anthropometrics, ergonomics, and proxemics. The program also concentrates on the development of knowledge in historical preservation as it relates to interior design and on problems related to energy management in contemporary design.
Application Procedure at FIDM Admission is based on:
- An initial interview (in person or by telephone)
- An evaluation of transfer credits
- Recommendation from SPU faculty
- Provision of specific interior design portfolio
- Payment of a twenty-five dollar application fee
(This non-refundable fee is applied toward the registration fee at the time of enrollment.) A visit to the facility may be arranged or further information acquired by calling 1-800-421-0127.
Financial Aid at FIDM
Several types of financial aid are available through FIDM. There are both state and federal funds available in several categories - grants, low interest loans, or work study. Students need to apply through the financial aid office where counselors will assist in finding appropriate funding and provide forms for application. It is suggested that application be made at least six months prior to expected enrollment at FIDM.
Housing at FIDM
FIDM neither owns nor operates a dormitory, but can offer information on residence halls that provide a limited number of rooms within a short distance of each campus. Two of the residence facilities near the college are very secure residence which provide partial food service and a protective environment for students adapting to big city living. One facility is operated by the Salvation Army and the other by the Sisters of Bernadette.
Housing services include an orientation to find housing in advance of the quarter; lists of off-campus residences, apartments, and house rentals; a roommate listing board for students seeking roommates; information regarding tenant rights and responsibilities; and information, maps and schedules for the transit system.
Placement at FIDM
Undergraduate students are encourages to obtain part-time employment in positions related to their majors. Although jobs are neither mandatory or guaranteed, jobs are generally available through the Career Planning and Placement Center.
The Graduate Placement staff assists graduates in obtaining career positions. Individual sessions are held with an advisor to discuss career paths, review portfolios and write resumes. Group seminars focus on company selection, interviewing techniques and job search skills. Representatives from local and national firms visit the FIDM campuses throughout the year to interview and recruit students. In the past seven years, 96% of the graduates using the placement service found employment.