General Information

Helpful Things to Know About FIDM

Here you'll find general information about all things FIDM, from getting around, to shopping, to safety and taking care of your health. You can find out more in-depth information in our Campus Life section.

From Tutors to Personal Counselors, FIDM has a dedicated staff of professionals working to make your experience at FIDM the very best it can be. We look forward to helping you succeed while you're at FIDM and beyond.

Personal Safety & Crime Prevention on Campus

FIDM is dedicated to providing a working and learning environment that is attractive and safe. While Campus Security plays a role in ensuring that our campuses remain as safe as possible, the responsibility for crime prevention and personal safety rests with each individual. Therefore, each of us must take personal responsibility for our own safety, as well as for the safety of those around us. FIDM also strives to provide timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that pose an ongoing threat to students and employees as well as providing 24-hour security. Working together, we will continue to make FIDM one of the safest urban colleges in the country.

Preparing Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

To ensure the safety and well‐being of our campus community and in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (1990), FIDM publishes and distributes the Annual Security Report disclosing campus security policies and three years' worth of specified Clery Act crimes and arrest statistics and schedules seminars on crime prevention, substance abuse prevention, and campus safety on all campuses. Campus crime reports and surveys are made readily available to the general public on our website fidm.edu. The reports include statistical information about criminal offenses, hate offenses, disciplinary actions/judicial referrals, and arrests-whether reported by local and state police or occurring on‐campus, at non-campus buildings, or on public property. The preparation of the Annual Security Report is an ongoing process. The Coordinator of Student Affairs makes every effort to ensure that the report is complete and accurate. The process includes gathering crime statistics from Campus Security Authorities and local law enforcement agencies, as well as verifying current policies for Federal compliance with the Department of Education. After collecting crime statistics from all sources, the Coordinator of Student Affairs reconciles them to ensure no incident has been double counted and that the report is accurate. Upon completion of the Annual Security Report the crime statistics are submitted to the Department of Education Campus Crime and Security website and can be viewed by the public at:www.surveys.ope.ed.gov/security. FIDM will provide a paper copy of campus crime report information upon request. Each year, an email notification is made to all enrolled students, current staff, and faculty who provide web addresses to access the full report.

 

Download or view the Annual Security Report for all campuses (PDF).

Daily Crime Log

The Daily Crime Log records all alleged crimes reported to a campus security authority on each campus. It is organized by the date of the report and includes the date of the crime, in addition to the nature, location, and disposition of each crime. Each campus has the Daily Crime Log available at the front desk of San Francisco, Orange County, and San Diego; and the Security Desk at the Los Angeles campus. The crime log for the most recent 60‐day period is open for public inspection, upon request, during normal business hours. Any portion of the log that is older than 60 days must be made available within two business days of a request for public inspection. Crime logs must be kept for three years following the publication of the last annual security report to which they apply (in effect, seven years).

Transportation

All FIDM campuses are located in key cities with many public transportation options available to meet students' needs. For information on selective transportation schedules, student discounts on public transportation, and directions, students should contact the Student Activities Office on their campus.

Parking Information

Parking is not guaranteed and fees may be subject to change.  Students should contact the Student Activities Office or see the FIDM Portal for parking information for their campus and surrounding community.

 

The FIDM Store

The FIDM Store stocks college-related reference books, supplies, notebooks, art materials, stationery, cards, and gifts. The store also sells FIDM-branded clothing, accessories, tote bags, and gifts made especially for FIDM.  The store hours are posted on each campus. The website is www.thefidmstore.com.

The FIDM Scholarship Store

Located on the corner of 9th Street and Grand Avenue on the Los Angeles campus, the FIDM Scholarship Store offers an ever-changing variety of merchandise donated by top fashion companies, many of which employ FIDM Alumni.  The store carries men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing; shoes, jewelry, accessories, fabric and trim, mannequins, and dress forms.  All merchandise is priced at or below wholesale.  The proceeds from the Scholarship Store provide scholarships for FIDM Students.  Become a friend of the FIDM Scholarship Store on Facebook and visit our website fidmscholarshipfoundation.org.
 

FIDM Tote Bag

The FIDM tote bag will be provided to students during the first quarter of each academic year. Tote bag distribution days and hours are posted quarterly. Additional FIDM tote bags may be purchased in the FIDM Store.

FIDM Museum & Galleries

The FIDM Museum & Galleries was organized as a nonprofit in 1978 to provide a research facility of garments and visual materials that would serve the needs of students, scholars, designers, and the public. Housed within the Los Angeles campus, the 15,000 piece collection represents over 250 years of fashion history, including haute couture and ready-to-wear, non-western dress, film costumes, accessories, jewelry, textiles, fragrance, and ephemera. Two major archives—Rudi Gernreich and Gianni Versace Menswear—are the only collections of their kind. The Annette Green Fragrance Collection is housed and displayed on the second floor. On permanent loan is the Hollywood Costume Collection from the Department of Recreation & Parks, City of Los Angeles.  

The Museum Collections are split into two major parts: the Permanent Collection, used for exhibition and research; and the Study Collection, used by students for hands-on inspection. The Study Collection is divided among the four FIDM campuses: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Orange County. The collections are constantly researched, exhibited, and published nationally and internationally.

The Galleries offer 8,000 square feet of exhibition space. The FIDM Museum mounts two major exhibitions each year, in addition to smaller installations and conferences. At the entrance to the galleries is the popular Museum Shop, with an online site: FIDMmuseumshop.org. The volunteer FIDM Museum Fashion Council supports educational endeavors through fundraising and outreach. The FIDM Museum & Galleries is committed to the development of exhibitions that explore the limitless relationships of fashion with the arts, history, society, and technology. Additional satellite galleries are located on the San Francisco and Orange County campuses.  FIDMmuseum.org

  

The FIDM Museum Shop

The FIDM Museum Shop, located next to the FIDM Museum & Galleries on the Parkside, features unique jewelry, accessories, home décor, and books. Many of these distinctive pieces are designed by FIDM Faculty, Alumni, and L.A. designers. Contact the Los Angeles Campus for shop hours. Check the FIDM Museum website fidmmuseum.org for upcoming book signings and guest speakers. Shop online at fidmmuseumshop.org.

First Aid & Health Information

Each campus provides minor first-aid supplies, as well as non-FIDM student health insurance options, even though FIDM does not have a health office or a nurse's center. Students should see their campus receptionist for the specific location of the minor first-aid supplies. Links to health insurance options are available on the FIDM Portal. Students may also see the Student Activities Office for non-FIDM health insurance brochures and other health information.

Student Lounge

Each FIDM campus has a Student Lounge. This is a place to eat lunch, catch up on homework, get information, participate in campus events and activities, or to just relax. Microwaves and vending machines are also available for student use.

Student Newsletter

The FIDM Student Newsletter is published weekly at all campuses and is available in the Student Activities lounge, Student Lounge on each campus, or online through the FIDM Portal. All FIDM departments make important announcements for students using the Newsletter.

Student Photo Identification Cards

Every current student must have the FIDM Student Photo ID card and must wear it while on campus. This card is required for access to any FIDM campus, and it also allows students to check out books in the Library, pick up books and supplies, purchase California attraction tickets, and facilitate getting student discounts around town.

Lost & Found

Each campus has a Lost & Found. Students should see the receptionist on their campus.

Earthquake Preparedness

In an earthquake, falling objects pose the greatest danger.  Students should get under a sturdy desk or table if possible.  Kneel down and cover the head with the arms. Duck, cover and hold. If evacuation is necessary, students should follow arrows marked on maps to the nearest exit.
 

Emergency Alert Notification Procedure

In the event of an emergency, FIDM will communicate via cell phone, email, and text messaging. It is the student’s responsibility to provide current contact information quarterly through the FIDM Portal to be sure he/she receives timely communications. To ensure the optimal level of performance in an emergency, occasionally the college will conduct a test of the emergency alert notification system. Phone calls and text messages are subject to the conditions and rates of the student's particular calling plan. FIDM will not be held responsible for any charges billed by cell phone providers in efforts to relay information.

Evacuation Procedures

Emergency evacuation procedures are located on the back of the classroom doors.  

Fire Procedures

It is important that students familiarize themselves with fire evacuation procedures.  If the fire alarm rings, students must evacuate the building. Follow arrows marked on the maps to the nearest exit..