Recommended Computer Software
Specifications by Department

What you'll need

Associate of Arts Degree and Associate of Arts Professional Designation Degree Programs

Every new and continuing student will receive a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud and be able to download and install the Adobe Creative Cloud applications that are appropriate for their major.

 

Automate Your Business Plan 2011 (PC Only)+

AutoCAD 2014*

Autodesk® 3ds Max 2014 (PC Only)*

Microsoft Office 2013/2011(PC or Mac)

Rhino

Apparel Industry Management

X     X  

Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing

      X  

Digital Media

Contact Gene LeBrock for more information 213.624.1200 x 2550

         

Fashion Design

      X  

Fashion Knitwear Design

      X  

Graphic Design

      X  

Interior Design*

  X X X  

Jewelry Design

      X X

Merchandise Marketing

      X  

Merchandise Product Development

      X  

Textile Design

      X  

Visual Communications

      X  

All majors can use PCs or Macs with the exception of Graphic Design and Digital Media, where access to a Mac is strongly suggested.

+ Students enrolled in Apparel Industry Management receive this as part of their books and supplies.

* Students enrolled in Interior Design and have an Intel-based Mac are recommended to have Parallels or Bootcamp installed in order to run Windows for use with AutoCAD 2014 or Autodesk® 3ds Max 2014. In these cases, students will need to purchase a current version of Microsoft Windows operating system separately. As an alternative, the newly released AutoCAD for Mac is now available as well, though not recommended

* Students who are required to use 3ds Max and have a Mac will need to purchase Windows as mentioned above since this software is not available for the Mac operating system. Three-year educational trials of AutoCAD 2014, AutoCad 2014 for Mac, and 3ds Max 2014 products are available online via the Autodesk® Educational Community at http://students.autodesk.com.

For up-to-date information, visit the FIDM Portal at http://myfidm.fidm.edu. Recommended computer specifications by department can be found under the FIDM Resources tab.


Recommended Computer Software Specifications by Department

Advanced Study Degree and Bachelor of Science Degree Programs

Every new and continuing student will receive a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud and be able to download and install the Adobe Creative Cloud applications that are appropriate for their major.

 

Microsoft Office 2013/2011 (PC or MAC)

Beauty Industry Management

X

Bachelor of Science Degree
Business Management

X

Entertainment Set Design & Decoration

X

Advanced Fashion Design

X

Film & TV Costume Design

X

Footwear Design

X

International Manufacturing & Product Development

X

Menswear

X

Textile Production & Development

X

Theatre Costume Design

X

All majors can use PCs or Macs with the exception of Graphic Design and Digital Media, where access to a Mac is strongly suggested.

For up-to-date information, visit the FIDM Portal at http://myfidm.fidm.edu. Recommended computer specifications by department can be found under the Resources tab.



Recommended Computer Hardware Specifications for Students

Required for All:
  • Antivirus/Antispyware software (Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security Premium (includes Antivirus, Antispyware, and Antiphishing- recommended)
  • Cable/DSL Connection
PC Compatible (e.g., IBM, Dell, Sony, etc., with Windows XP or higher)
  • Desktops: Intel Quad Core (minimum), Intel i7 processor (recommended)
  • Windows 7 64-bit edition highly recommended for Adobe Creative Suite software
  • Laptops: Intel Quad Core or AMD Dual Core (minimum), Intel i7 processor (recommended)
  • Desktops: 19” monitor or larger
  • Laptops: 15” screen (minimum), 17" screen (recommended)
  • 4GB Memory (minimum), 8GB (recommended)
  • 320GB hard drive (minimum), 500GB hard drive (recommended)
  • 512MB (minimum), 1 GB (recommended) of video RAM (must be OpenGL compatible)*
  • 802.11 n wireless networking capability
  • DVD-R Optical Drive
Apple® (Intel-based processor required)

Desktop (minimum) 21.5-inch iMac
  • Mac OS X v10.7 Lion
  • 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
  • 8GB (two 4GB) memory
  • 1TB hard drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT
    640M with 512MB
  • One 18x SuperDrive
  • Apple® Mouse
  • Apple® Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
Desktop (recommended) 27-inch iMac
  • Mac OS X v10.7 Lion
  • 2.9GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
  • 8GB (two 4GB) memory
  • 1TB Serial ATA Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX with 1 GB
  • One 18x SuperDrive
  • Apple® Mouse
  • Apple® Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
Laptop (recommended) 15-inch: 2.6GHz MacBook Pro with Retina display
  • 2.4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 8GB RAM Memory
  • 512GB flash storage
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650m with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
  • 18x SuperDrive
Additional Peripherals (Recommended)
  • USB Jump Drive (4 GB minimum, 16 GB recommended)
  • USB Printer/Scanner all-in-one
  • USB or Thunderbolt External Storage, 1TB (minimum) or 2 TB (recommended)
Discounts for Software
  • • For special educational pricing on Apple® hardware, please visit the Apple website at http://store.apple.comand click on Education Store under "More Stores"
  • For special educational pricing on Apple® software, please visit The FIDM Store located on the Los Angeles Campus. (213) 624-1200 ext. 4160, http://www.fidmstore.com
  • For software not available at The FIDM Store, visit http://www.journeyed.com


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