Hear how Fashion Club scholarships helped make her FIDM dreams come true!
California native Emma Higgins, who co-founded her high school’s Fashion Club, is thriving at FIDM. We recently caught up with the Graphic Design student to learn more!
How did you hear about FIDM? I originally heard about FIDM from a family friend. At the time I was looking up other art and design schools, but when I found FIDM, it really stuck out to me. I did the Career Quiz dozens of times, watched all the videos (especially DEBUT), and toured the San Diego campus during my freshman year of high school. Although the campus was beautiful, I didn’t want to have to move twice, so I looked at the L.A. campus and immediately fell in love. I loved how safe and creative the campus felt, and the staff was so nice, informative, and encouraging.
You received several scholarships to attend FIDM, right? The only way I was going to go to FIDM was if I had scholarships, and I was able to get quite a few. During my sophomore year of high school, I started a FIDM Fashion Club, and I was the president for three years. I received a scholarship for being president, and another one for being a member. I also applied to FIDM when I was a junior in high school, so I got another scholarship for early admission. My church also gave a scholarship to the pastors’ kids, and I also received the scholarship from the FIDM Scholarship Foundation during my B.A.
How did you become the Art Director of FIDM MODE? I was a nail artist for a story in the 12th issue. I was in the middle of my second year, and soon after the photo shoot was done, one of my teachers asked me if I’d be willing to be the Art Director. I didn’t have any confidence in myself so I almost turned it down, but my parents encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and try it. I work on the overall concept/theme, direction at photo shoots, photo selection/editing, as well as graphic design and layouts. I really love every step of the process because they’re all very different, but equally important.
Tell us about your internship with BrandingIron Worldwide (BIW). It was an amazing environment to learn about what a graphic designer’s workplace is actually like, and it helped solidify some things I now know I do and do not want to do in my career. I got to work on projects that would be presented to Netflix, Stage13, and Warner Bros.