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Question about Apparel Industry Management [Jul. 8th, 2010|08:32 am]
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I'd like to know if anyone has been enrolled in this program? I'm thinking of enrolling as Professional Designation since I already have a college degree and only attend there for 1 year (which I prefer). I heard that the manufacturing facility downtown LA that they use to teach students is run down and scary. I have yet to see it with my own eyes. Anyone feel safe around FIDM campus in downtown LA? However, I used to live in LA before so it has been a while since I lived there. How're the classes and professors?
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[User Picture]From: sundancekat
2010-07-09 05:30 pm (UTC)
I can't speak about the manufacturing facility you mentioned as I don't know where it is, but I've never felt unsafe around FIDM's campus downtown. The blocks immediately surrounding the campus are always filled with people, security types and otherwise. Some other areas are sketchy and weird people abound, but I've never felt unsafe tromping around town by myself. (I stick to busy areas during the day, such as the Fashion District when all the shops are open.) The same rule holds true for downtown LA as it does for any downtown area in a major city, though: walk with confidence, go in a group/get a security escort if you don't feel safe or don't want to walk alone, don't make yourself a target, etc.

As for the classes and professors, every school's got professors who are both awesome and terrible, but sometimes that's entirely in the eye of the beholder. I've responded well to some professors that others have said are awful, and I've been driven up the wall by ones who others say are nice and caring, so your mileage may vary. I will say, though, that in some of my classes I've learned more in a single day than I did in an entire semester of similar classes at my previous university. The curriculum, at least the Fashion Design one (the only one I have experience with, of course), is geared more towards teaching you things you will need to know once you get a job. I feel like this time around, the degree I will hold in my hand will tell prospective employers "I know many useful things, give me a job so I can show you" rather than "I am capable of following instructions and being taught, give me a job so you can teach me things".
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[User Picture]From: designminded
2010-07-14 02:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your response. I appreciate it. It's good to know that this school is just like other schools -- sprinkled with good and bad professors. I had them when I went to uni. I like what you said about being taught and show the prospective employers what I'm capable of rather than ask them to teach me stuff. I've been in management for several years anyway so I have work experience under my belt even though it's not directly related to apparel industry. Apparel industry is where I'd like to be in anyway. Have a great day.
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