Within the Classroom

What you need to know

Here you'll find information on the class hours, textbook and supply distribution, as well as online resources for eLearning and web-enabled classes, and places to get tutoring assistance outside of the classroom.

  • Within the Classroom
    Class Hours for the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego Campuses

    3-Unit Classes

    Class Begins Class Breaks Class Ends
    8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 11:15 a.m.
    12:00 p.m. 1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.
    3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m.
    *6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. 8:45 p.m.


    6-Unit Classes (or 3-Unit / 6-Hour Classes)

    Class Begins Class Breaks Class Ends
    8:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. 2:30 p.m.
      11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
    12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
      3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  

    *Evening  classes are offered at the Los Angeles and San Francisco campuses.

    Class Hours for the Orange County Campus
    3-Unit Classes                                                                                                                 
    Class Begins Class Breaks Class Ends
    9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 12:15 p.m.
    1:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
    4:15 p.m. 5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
    FIDM eLearning System

    The FIDM eLearning System is a course management system which allows learning to take place in a virtual environment, beyond the traditional classroom setting.  The eLearning system offers two types of online learning: fully online courses and web-enabled courses. Online courses are classes that take place in a virtual classroom, where students can review lectures, participate in classroom discussion, work on projects, and access exams.  Students don’t need to be in a specific physical location to take part in an online course.  Web-enabled courses are held in a traditional on-campus classroom.  Instructors in these courses have the opportunity to provide supplementary course materials online via the eLearning system, such as syllabi, lecture notes, and handouts.

    To log in to the eLearning System:
    1. Go to elearning.fidm.edu
    2. Enter your FIDM Portal username in the User ID field
    3. Enter your Password in the Password field
    4. Click the Log in button.
    Additional training information is available in the FIDM Portal in the Technology Training section.

    To ensure success in taking an online course, students should:
    • Use the FIDM Portal to keep their email address current so that the eLearning Team can communicate directly with students about eLearning class login, technical issues, and anything related to an online class.
    • Confirm that they have a computer that meets the technical requirements for the FIDM eLearning Program.
    • Be sure they have all of the required books and supplies for their eLearning course.  Some classes require headsets for web meetings.
    • Read the eLearning Student Help Guide before their class begins so they know what to do if they encounter a technical issue.
    There are academic requirements and prerequisites for taking an eLearning course, so students should check with an advisor to see if it is right for them.


    Labs provide students with an environment for planned, structured, and directed analytical exploration and experimentation. Three hours in duration, labs immediately follow formal classroom instruction in designated courses. Courses with labs are noted on the Program of Study sheets for each major.


    Studios assist students with assignments and projects, giving them an avenue to explore and express creativity. Expert advice and constructive critiquing appropriate to the subject matter are provided. Each campus posts studio schedules quarterly on the FIDM Portal.


    Workshops are concise educational programs for groups of students focusing on techniques and skills in a particular subject area. Workshop information is announced on the FIDM Portal. 

    Class Size and Scheduling

    The college has an obligation to provide the optimum scheduling and faculty staffing for the programs offered.  Should changes of any sort be necessary, they will not affect the student's ability to fulfill all requirements. Every effort is made to maintain course limits based on the subject matter and nature of activity in the course.

    Textbooks & Supplies

    Books and supplies are distributed during the first class meeting of each quarter to all registered students and to students holding an approved Class Change Form or Late Registration Form through the last day of week three. A current FIDM Student Photo ID is required to pick up books and supplies.  Students sign a class roster, confirming receipt of books and supplies for each registered class.  Students determine that all items are in perfect condition before leaving the first class session. Any defective book or supply must be exchanged in the Bookroom by the last day of week two. Students who are absent when books and supplies are initially distributed are responsible for obtaining them from the Bookroom during posted Bookroom hours. Beginning in week four, students must be officially registered in a class before picking up current quarter books and supplies. The deadline for picking up current quarter books and supplies is the last day of the quarter.

    Students who drop a class submit a signed Class Change Form to the Registrar.  All unused books and/or supplies for each dropped class must be returned in perfect condition to the College Services Department by the last day of week six of the quarter.  Note: For five-week/Saturday classes and four-week/electives, books and supplies must be returned the Monday after the third class meeting. Students are charged for books and supplies that are not returned.  Bookroom hours are posted at each campus and on the FIDM Portal.

    Field Trips
    Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from field trips.