FIDM Graphic Design Students Preparing for European Study Tour to Florence, London, Paris and Rome

As the Winter quarter comes to a close and FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Students are preparing to relax during a two-week break, a group of 19 FIDM Students, including four Graphic Design Students, are gearing up for their trip to Europe for the annual FIDM European Study Tour. Each year FIDM Students, escorted by instructors and administrators, have the opportunity to participate in specialized study tours to major cities known for fashion and design.

From March 24 through April 4, students will travel to Florence, London, Rome and Paris, visiting historical landmarks such as the Galleria dell’Accademia (which houses Michelangelo’s statue of David), the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and the Louvre, among other visits to specialty artisans and city tours.

elisabeth_headshotElisabeth Varela, originally from San Diego and one of the Graphic Design Students attending the European Study Tour, says she is excited to get out of her comfort zone, and about the opportunity to experience another culture and lifestyle.

“I think as designers we need to be pushed into different directions and experience new ways of life, and I hope to come home extremely inspired,” says Elisabeth. “I am also very exited about getting to see some of the most famous works of art we learn about in classes.”

Elisabeth has completed her second quarter of FIDM’s two-year Graphic Design program, and says she was drawn to the program because she loves to create.

“I fell in love with the possibilities of Photoshop® and it grew into [the desire] to design logos, brochures, flyers, CD covers, wine labels, magazine spreads, and more,” she says. “I think graphic designers [have] one of the coolest jobs in the world, which is creating media that everyone will see, and possible be affected by, whether it be a magazine article or a billboard.”

Check back for more updates during FIDM’s 2011 European Study Tour!

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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