Student Policies

Student Policies

Here you'll find everything you need to know about FIDM's student policies.

Grade Appeal

Students may appeal a final grade during the subsequent quarter and not beyond such time. The student schedules a meeting with the instructor to discuss how the final grade was determined. If no resolution is achieved, the student may go to the Education Department to fill out the Grade Appeal Petition form. The appeal will be reviewed, and they will be notified of the petition results within two weeks. 

Student Grievance

The student grievance process aims to provide a prompt and equitable resolution for any student who believes a college decision or action was unfair or has adversely affected his/her status, rights, or privileges.  The student must make a reasonable effort to resolve the issues on an informal basis.  Within 30 days, the student must meet with the Department Chairperson or the Education Department and may be required to complete a written statement about the grievance. 

Student Housing Grievance

The student housing grievance process aims to provide a prompt and equitable resolution for any student who believes a decision or action by FIDM Housing has adversely affected their status, rights, or privileges.  The student must make a reasonable effort to resolve the issues on an informal basis with the Resident Advisor.  If there is no satisfactory resolution, the student(s) should provide a written statement about the grievance to the LA Housing staff (see FIDM Portal Staff Directory). The FIDM Housing staff may arrange a meeting with the student(s) for further investigation of grievances filed. Should a student concern remain unresolved, the student then forwards the written complaint to the Executive Director of Admissions (LA Campus) who will consult with the FIDM Housing Committee and provide final resolution.  

Student Work

FIDM is proud of the work produced by its students and reserves the right to photograph, publish, display, or retain work done by students and alumni. Final projects must be picked up no later than the first two weeks of the next quarter. After that time, the projects become the property of FIDM.

Students' Education Records (Non-Directory Information)

Student files reside on the system database indefinitely. Transcripts are generated on demand.

All FIDM student records are kept private in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Schools are permitted to disclose education records without the students' consent in some circumstances, for example:

  • When the student has violated a federal, state, or local law; or the school's policies governing substance abuse
  • When the information is needed to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals
  • When there is a legitimate educational interest, student education records may be shared between departments within FIDM

Regulations also allow for disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII), without student or parent consent, where institutions have contracted with organizations to conduct studies or audits of the effectiveness of education programs.

Written consent from the student is required for release of records to outside parties, except for those agencies authorized by law. Signing FIDM’s enrollment agreement provides written consent authorizing FIDM to release information from the agreement to individuals and entities necessary to secure payment of any obligation arising from the enrollment agreement. FIDM keeps a record of the disclosure and provides it upon request to students who wish to know if their parents or an outside party has been notified. Under this act, students may:

  • Review their educational records
  • Challenge information (not including grades) they believe to be inaccurate, misleading, or not in accord with their right to privacy
  • Contact the U.S. Department of Education if they feel that the FERPA policy is not being administered correctly
  • Exercise limited right to refuse

Questions about this policy should be directed to the Vice President of Education at the Los Angeles campus.

Consumer Information

Any questions or unresolved problems concerning the college or its faculty and staff should be forwarded in writing to the Dean of Academic Development at 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Directory Information

FIDM may release directory information, including the student's name, address(es), telephone number(s), major, current enrollment status, dates of attendance, degrees (including date and level of distinction), details about participation in officially recognized activities, and name of the most recent school attended by the student. This information may be released to prospective employers, in media releases, in announcements of scholarships and awards, and for similar purposes approved by the college administration. The student may request that directory information be withheld by notifying the Vice President of Education in writing.

Rights of Expression

Students are expected to acknowledge the existence of different opinions and to respect the right of others to hold those views, specifically:

  • To hear, discuss, and study any issue related to the academic content of the class in an atmosphere conducive to learning.
  • To have easy access to all academic information.
  • To receive competent instruction in an atmosphere of respect, free from favoritism, prejudice, discrimination, and harassment.
  • To form and express opinions on issues without  jeopardizing his or her relationship with the instructor.
  • To be evaluated in accord with academic merit and performance and not on matters irrelevant to that performance.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its regulations, protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. Sexual misconduct of or by students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited by Title IX.

FIDM‘s Title IX Coordinator oversees the centralized review, investigation, and resolution of reports of discrimination and sexual misconduct. The Title IX Coordinator ensures the college’s compliance and fulfillment of its obligations with regards to policies, procedures, and relevant state and federal laws, inclusive of VAWA, The Clery Act, Campus SaVE Act, and California SB 967 (Affirmative Consent). Refer to Affirmative Consent under FIDM’s Student Conduct Policies.

Further information regarding Title IX and college policies are found in the Annual Security http://fidm.edu/en/about/policies+disclosures/Title+IX/ and http://fidm.edu/en/about/policies+disclosures/General+Information/ the FIDM Portal, or by contacting the Title IX Coordinator:Julie Ann Otteson, Executive Director, Human Resources 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015, jotteson@fidm.edu, 213-624-1200, extension 3530.

Accreditation

Students may review letters of accreditation. Students seeking such a review should contact the college Vice President of Education. Additional information is available from FIDM’s institutional accreditor, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission, at https://www.wscuc.org/institutions/fidmfashion-institute-design-merchandising and from its design program accreditor, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, at https://nasad.arts-accredit.org/directory-lists/accredited-institutions/search/?id=I1312

Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education

Any questions a student may have regarding the catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833 or P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818, www.bppe.ca.gov, toll-free telephone number 888-370-7589 or by fax 916-263-1897.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling 888-370-7589 toll-free or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau's internet web site www.bppe.ca.gov.

Enrollment Agreement and Performance Fact Sheet

Prospective students are encouraged to review the catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. Prospective students are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to them prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

Required Consumer Disclosures

College Information as reported to the U.S. Department of Education may be accessed at the College Navigator site at http://nces.ed.gov/COLLEGENAVIGATOR/. The site has a large amount of statistical information about expenses, financial aid, enrollment, admissions, retention rates and much more.  The site allows consumers to compare information from different colleges.

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

Class Hours: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego Campuses

 

1, 2, 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.
3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 6:15 p.m.
7:00 p.m.* 8:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. 9:45 p.m.

*Evening classes are offered at the Los Angeles campus.

 

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.
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2:45 p.m.
12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
6:15 p.m.
3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
9:45 p.m.

Class Hours for the Orange County Campus

Class Hours: 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.
1:00 p.m. 2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 3:45 p.m.
4:30 p.m. 5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 7:15 p.m.

 

3-Unit/6-Hour Classes
Class Begins Class Breaks Class Ends
9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
12:15 p.m.
1:00 p.m. 2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
7:15 p.m.

FIDM eLearning System

The eLearning System is composed of three parts: web-enabled courses, online (distance learning) courses, and collaborative sites (used by FIDM Faculty).

Web-Enabled Courses

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 (distance learning) courses and web-enabled courses. Web-enabled courses are on-campus course sites in the eLearning system. The site is a supplement to an on-campus course; it does not replace the traditional in-class meeting/interactions.

Online Courses

Online courses are distance learning 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. 

For student communication, questions, and requests for information, online instructors must respond to students within 24 hours.  For feedback on submitted work: papers, projects, and other course assignments, the online instructor must review student work and post grades within a week after the student has posted their work online.

Labs

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

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

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 do 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.

Book and Supplies

In order to best meet the educational requirements of its programs, FIDM provides the books and supplies necessary for each course for which the student is enrolled. Book and supply charges are included in total charges for the period of the Enrollment Agreement. Required books and supplies are distributed to each student at the first class meeting of each quarter.

By providing course books and supplies, FIDM ensures that the student can be prepared with the most current books and professional industry-related supplies needed to succeed in the classroom. It also protects the student from any price increases or changes in curriculum through the period of the Enrollment Agreement. Required supplies often include specific, difficult to obtain items and industry standard equipment to perform at the demanding level of FIDM.

Book & Supply Distribution:

Students present their FIDM Student photo ID at the designated distribution station to pick up books and supplies. Students who are absent at the initial book and supply distribution are responsible for obtaining them from the Bookroom during scheduled late distribution hours.

Book & Supply Returns:

Students who drop a class may return the complete course kit of books and supplies received from the current quarter class no later than the last day of week six of the quarter. The returned books and supplies must be unused and in perfect condition. When a complete course kit is returned, the student will be eligible to pick up a new course kit in a future quarter.

Opt-Out of FIDM’s Method of Book & Supply Distribution

Students electing to Opt-Out of FIDM’s Method of Book & Supply Distribution accept the responsibility to locate and purchase all required books and supplies and be prepared for class. Students electing this option will have their student account credited for charges associated with books and supplies not yet distributed during the period of the Enrollment Agreement. However, the student would no longer be protected from increases in prices or changes in books and supplies not yet distributed during the period of the Enrollment Agreement.

Students who have previously Opted Out and want to opt back in to FIDM’s Method of Book & Supply Distribution will need to do so on a quarterly basis for each Enrollment Agreement for which the student has Opted Out.

Field Trips

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

Alcohol & Substance Free-Environment

FIDM is committed to providing a workplace and school environment free of alcohol, marijuana, illicit drugs, non-prescribed prescription drugs, paraphernalia used for these substances, and substance abuse. Violation of this policy may result in immediate dismissal from academic programs or college-related employment. All FIDM campuses are smoke-free environments. Smoking includes, but is not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, smokeless tobacco, nicotine, nicotine-delivering devices, chemicals or devices that produce the same flavor or physical effect of nicotine substances; and any other tobacco innovation. Information on substance abuse programs, prevention awareness, and all other counseling services is available upon request and accessible on the FIDM Portal.

Download or view the Annual Safety & Security Report (PDF)

Smoking Policy

All FIDM campuses are smoke-free environments. Smoking includes, but is not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smoking tobacco, smokeless tobacco, nicotine, nicotine-delivering devices, chemicals or devices that produce the same flavor or physical effect of nicotine substances; and any other tobacco innovation.

Academic Honesty

All academic work submitted by a student must be original work. Cheating or academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, all forms of giving or getting unauthorized help or using unauthorized materials on examinations and projects. Plagiarism, a form of cheating, involves obtaining or attempting to obtain academic credit by copying the words or ideas of another (from a book, magazine article, or website, for example) and passing them off as one’s own without documentation — that is, without acknowledging the source with quotation marks, footnotes, and lists of works cited.  Claiming credit for artistic work done by someone else, such as an artwork, photos, a painting, drawing, or design is considered plagiarism.  Cheating and plagiarism are cause for formal counseling. Students who cheat or plagiarize will receive a zero “0” on the assignment and may be subject to further disciplinary action. Violations of the academic honesty policy are reported to the Department Chair designate in Los Angeles or the Education Department (SF, OC, SD).

Conduct

FIDM is committed to a collegiate environment in which respect for others and proper conduct is demonstrated. Hateful language—including profanity, racial, gender, or religious slurs—is unlawful and in direct opposition to an education environment. FIDM promotes a professional environment free from hostility and will not tolerate harassing, bullying, intimidating, or threatening behavior or communication. Any violation will result in disciplinary action including suspension of services, and/ or privileges, or dismissal. Students are responsible for conducting themselves as professionals while in the classroom, on campus, or using any online or offline platform to complete FIDM coursework. Eating and drinking are not permitted in FIDM’s classrooms, computer labs, halls, Library, or elevators. Excessive talking, rudeness or disruption of class will not be tolerated. Electronic devices (mp3 players, cellular phones, etc.) are considered disruptive and must be turned off during class time and in any environment in which other students are studying, researching, or gathering for educational purposes, unless permitted by an instructor or designated staff member. In addition, FIDM respects the student’s right to individual expression through dress and appearance; however, we ask that they exercise discretion in regard to their choices to reflect a professional college student that does not cause undue attention or interfere with the educational process.

Non-Discrimination Policy

FIDM in compliance with Civil Rights Legislation does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment practices on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, or any other characteristic or condition protected by federal or state law. These practices include, but are not limited to, hiring, employment promotion and transfer, admissions policies, the administration of its scholarship and loan programs and participation in the benefits and services of educational programs or related activities sponsored by the College. This policy is in accordance to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, California SB-195 Equity in Higher Education Act, and any other applicable federal, state, and local law. Inquiries concerning FIDM’s policy may be directed to the Office of Human Resources.

Campus Safety & Access

FIDM is committed to the safety of its students, faculty, and staff. Students are prohibited from bringing firearms onto any FIDM campus. Illegal weapons or threatening gestures with an object that can be used as a weapon will lead to immediate dismissal.  Students are required to wear their valid FIDM Student Photo Identification cards where visible while on FIDM premises.  FIDM Student Photo ID cards may not be altered, copied, or forged and are non-transferable.  If a student is discovered loaning or altering a FIDM Student Photo ID card, that card will be confiscated and the student will face a mandatory appointment with the Coordinator of Student Affairs (LA), or Director of Education (SF, OC, SD).  Campus access is restricted to posted hours of operation. Please see FIDM Portal for hours of operation. Only registered students are permitted in the classroom. Authorized guests/visitors are not allowed on campus with prior approval and notification to Security from FIDM Staff for college business purposes (i.e., guest presenter, authorized vendor, campus meeting, etc.). All authorized visitors are required to check-in with the Security desk (LA)/Building Security (SF)/front desk (OC, SD) to obtain a guest/visitor pass. Students and faculty are not permitted to bring family, friends, or business acquaintances on campus.

Defacing FIDM Property

Any student who defaces, vandalizes, or destroys FIDM property (including but not limited to library materials, computers, elevators, restrooms, parking structure, etc.) will be dismissed from the college. All types of spray mount adhesive and spray paint are prohibited from being used on all FIDM campuses.

Solicitation/Distribution

The solicitation and distribution to students of non-FIDM materials and the use of the college facility for non-FIDM business purposes is prohibited.  Posting flyers, pamphlets, posters, or other means of advertising on the walls or bulletin boards and selling products on campus is not allowed.

Harassment & Sexual Misconduct Policy

FIDM is committed to providing a work and school environment free of unlawful harassment, sexual violence or discrimination. FIDM policy prohibits harassment or discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other basis protected by the federal, state or local law. In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, FIDM prohibits discrimination based on sex, which includes gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence (collectively referred to as “sexual misconduct”) and FIDM has jurisdiction over Title IX complaints.

This policy applies to all FIDM community members, including students, faculty, administrators, staff, and third parties conducting business or having any official capacity with the college or on college property. FIDM is prepared to take prompt action to prevent and correct such behavior of individuals who engage in sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct, as well as any other unlawful harassment based on factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or age. Violation of this harassment and sexual misconduct policy will not be tolerated and corrective action up to and including disqualification or termination may be taken.

If you believe that you have experienced or witnessed harassment or discrimination on the basis of a protected category other than sex, please contact the Dean of Education or the Office of Human Resources.

We encourage all students to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. FIDM is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in a report of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence. Throughout the process of investigation of a report of harassment and sexual misconduct, every effort will be made to protect the privacy interests of all individuals, and respect and safeguard private information, to the extent possible consistent with the legal obligations of FIDM to investigate and respond effectively. Retaliation against a person who properly reports, complains about, or participates in the investigation of such harassment is strictly prohibited. FIDM’s harassment and sexual misconduct policy and procedures are available in full on the FIDM Portal (under College Policies FAQs). Reports of sexual misconduct and inquiries concerning FIDM’s policy may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator:Julie Ann Otteson, Executive Director, Human Resources 919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015, jotteson@fidm.edu, 213.624.1200, extension 3530.

Sexual Misconduct (Title IX) Policy (PDF)
Reporting Options & Resources for Sexual Misconduct (Including Sexual Violence) (PDF)
Sexual Assault Risk Reduction Tips (PDF)

Copyright

File sharing at FIDM

File sharing of copyrighted works, such as commercial music and videos, is illegal. Students should review FIDM’s Student Technology Use Policy, which can be found in FIDM’s College Catalog. Additional information about student use of technology use may be found in FIDM’s Student Handbook & Planner, Faculty channel on the ePortal, and at the FIDM Portal at http://myfidm.fidm.edu.

Penalties for sharing copyrighted files

There are civil and criminal penalties for violation of federal copyright laws, which may be summarized as follows:

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, at its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/.

How to Avoid Penalties
  • Do not use file sharing software, (also known as peer-to-peer or p2p software) to download copyrighted media. Students MUST have the copyright owner's permission or the download is considered infringing and illegal.
  • Most programs that let you download songs and movies without payment will share recipient's computer's files and personal information to the Internet by default.
  • Popular file sharing programs used to distribute and obtain media illegally include: DropBox, BitTorrent, Gnutella, Warez P2P and many others. While these sites are not illegal, they are used for illegal activities.
  • Use legal downloading or subscription streaming services, such as Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Netflix, to view media.
  • Do not share media you obtained legally, except as the copyright holder permits (iTunes streaming, etc.). Most file sharing software, by default, finds, advertises and shares all music and movies on receipient's computer regardless of whether or not they have the right to share/upload these files.
  • Protect a computer from malicious software, by not installing file sharing software. While malware rarely installs file sharing software, that software is routinely exploited by criminals to provide a distribution channel for 'free' files that let them steal your information. Make sure virus scanning and malware detection software is obtained above and beyond what Windows provides by default.
Laws Governing Illegal File sharing

Preparation & Study

FIDM values the importance of learning, preparation, and study. It is the responsibility of the student to keep up with the assigned readings and homework and to manage his/her time. A minimum of two hours preparation for each hour in class is recommended for research and study time outside of class.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

FIDM requires students attending the college to make reasonable progress toward the completion of their educational objective. All students are expected to maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average and complete a specified minimum number of units each quarter. Students who fail to meet FIDM’s Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements may lose their eligibility for financial aid and/or veterans benefits.

Updating Contact Information

It is the students' responsibility to provide current contact information to the college. Students can make the following changes:

  • Cell Phone and Email - can be updated on the FIDM Portal.
  • Address and Home Phone Number - can be updated by the following: Student Advisement Office, Financial Services Department, and the Education Department (SF, OC, SD).
  • Name Change - can be updated in the Financial Services Department by presenting a current California Driver License, a State Identification Card, or a Passport.

Institutional Governance Participation

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Board of Administration formally approves institutional policies. FIDM’s approved policies are available in print and/or on the ePortal. FIDM has maintained a practice of policy review by the Board of Administration for over thirty years. Policy changes generally result from regulatory action at the city, county, state, or federal level. In addition, changes may result from suggestions from within the FIDM community; or be a response to issues that arise on one of the campuses or actions taken by the Faculty Council. These policies are presented to the Board of Administration for review by the Office of Human Resources. If the policy is approved, it is then implemented and presented to supervisors. All FIDM policies and the procedures for implementing the policies are reviewed annually or as needed.

FIDM Student Travel Policy

The Study Abroad Department requires that students who participate in college-related travel to submit a passport or driver's license/ID card upon enrollment.  International students may need a visa to travel.  Students are responsible for determining their status and obtaining a visa if necessary prior to their trip.  If the travel is less than 100 miles from campus, students must provide proof of medical insurance.  Without existing medical coverage, the student is required to purchase short-term medical insurance in order to participate.  Additional travel documents must be completed prior to departure.

Policies & Services for Students with Disabilities

FIDM complies with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 amended in 2008 (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act at 29 U. S. C. § 794 (Section 504), and any other federal, state and local law regarding students and applicants with disabilities.  It is college policy that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability, shall, solely by reason of disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the college.

Each FIDM Campus has staff representatives designated to assist students with academic accommodations.  Students are required to provide verification of a disability and consult with the campus representative to develop a plan of reasonable accommodations upon matriculation to FIDM.

In order to receive reasonable accommodations, students diagnosed with learning, psychological, medical (including pregnancy), or physical impairment are required to meet with the campus representative to verify the disability.  Examples of documentation accepted by FIDM for a learning,  psychological, medical or physical disability are an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), a 504 Plan, a psycho-educational evaluation,  a psychological evaluation, or a medical letter.  Documentation remains confidential for a period of seven years with the designated staff representative and is only released with the student’s signed consent.

Accommodations cannot be provided unless verification is provided directly to the campus representative.  Students requesting accommodations receive the Services for Students with Disabilities form from the campus representative.  Once verification is established, the student and the campus representative discuss options for reasonable accommodations and complete the Student Academic Accommodations & Instructor Guidelines form.  The student then distributes the form to their instructor(s).  Questions concerning FIDM’s policy, procedure, and accommodations should be forwarded to the campus representative.

Career Center

From the first day of class, students begin to integrate into a network of industry leaders, FIDM Faculty and influential FIDM Graduates. The Career Center works with FIDM Students and Graduates one-on-one to ensure a targeted and efficient job search.

The Career Center believes that what is learned in the FIDM classroom, combined with the experience gained from working alongside industry professionals, enhances career growth post-graduation. Career Center staff provides students and graduates with the best resources to help them hone the skills they have learned at FIDM and effectively apply them to the working world.

Some of those services include:

  • Career Network: 24/7 access to connect directly to the Career Center; resources, documents, employment opportunities, industry job links, and appointment scheduling
  • One-on-one individual career advising and planning
  • Resume and portfolio review
  • Interviewing and networking assistance
  • Internship assistance
  • Part-time and full-time employment opportunities through Career Network
  • Academic and paid internships through Career Network
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Career Center events: Career Connections, Industry Partnership, Industry Expo, Open Portfolio Day, On-campus Recruitment, and Job Fairs

Internships are opportunities for students to combine academic training with employment in fields related to their course of study. Students who are interested in gaining this type of “real life” experience should meet with a Career Advisor. To qualify, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, have proof of medical insurance, and be in their second-to- last or last quarter of their program.

Industry Relations

Career Center staff constantly works to build and maintain relationships with employers to find quality industry jobs and internship leads within all the FIDM majors. Through on-campus recruitment, site visits, and job/internship postings, the Career Center stays in tune with the latest industry career trends. Jobs opportunities are posted daily in the Career Center employer database. Students and Alumni have full access to job leads, internship leads, resume builder, and employer company history through Career Network, which is accessible from the FIDM Portal.

College Services

College Services provides books, supplies, and course-related resources to students electing FIDM’s Method of Book & Supply Distribution to enable their full participation in coursework leading to the successful completion of their degree program.

Housing

The Housing Department is committed to assisting students with finding the residential plan that best suits their needs. FIDM does not own or operate any dormitory or apartment facilities. The FIDM Housing Department offers third-party apartment rentals through FIDM (FIDM Student Housing) as well as independent housing referrals. FIDM Student Housing consists of privately owned and operated apartment complexes with locations in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. Numerous units in these apartment buildings have been reserved for FIDM Students only. This popular option creates an exciting community of FIDM Students in each location with FIDM Housing Staff on-site or easily accessible. Space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. All apartments are two bedroom/two bathroom units. FIDM LA Housing options are within walking distance of the campus. The current quarterly cost for FIDM Housing consists of a one-time, non-refundable, initial placement fee of $350 along with one quarter of rent ($3,600* for a shared bedroom or $7,200* for a private bedroom) *Subject to change annually.

Currently, FIDM Housing in San Francisco handles independent housing options and works closely with students to assist with their housing needs.

Independent Housing listings are available through the FIDM Portal and provide students on all campuses with apartment and roommate referrals. Students are responsible to contact the different apartment complexes and potential roommates directly, as FIDM Housing does not verify any listing. Independent referrals come from current FIDM Students, FIDM Alumni, and students from other local colleges. Referral housing location distances range from less than a mile to a 17-mile radius of the campus. Prices vary from $600 to $1,200 monthly to share a room, and $850 to $1,500 to rent a private room. Please visit the properties website for the most up-to-date rates. The properties that are used by FIDM Student Housing are also available to students independently; however, the leasing packages and rates may vary.

Individual Development & Educational Assistance (IDEA Center)

The IDEA Center at all campuses provides students with assistance in the areas of writing, math, reading comprehension, study, research, time management, Photoshop, Illustrator, sketching, and more.

Library

The FIDM Library provides a variety of resources and services focused on meeting the unique information and research needs of the FIDM community. There are four FIDM campus libraries, each staffed by a team of librarians and specialists that provide instruction, reference, and other research support services. One collection type that sets the FIDM Libraries apart from other libraries is its collection of trend forecasting reports. These exclusive reports offer market intelligence for designers and product development professionals across many creative industries including fashion, interior design, and visual communication. The resources and services at each campus are curated to support the program majors offered at that campus. The Los Angeles campus library maintains the largest, most diverse collections including a Textile & Design Research Room where students can explore and gain experience with materials and tools used in the various design industries. In addition, students can also access the renowned Material ConneXion Library® and database, and an extensive collection of fabric swatches, trims, and findings for projects. Special Collections includes rare and unique items reflecting the design aesthetic of the mid-19th and 20th centuries. The Library’s electronic resources collection includes research databases and ebooks that are accessible on and off-campus, as well as on mobile devices. No matter where students are located, the Library’s resources are always available and accessible to inform and inspire.

Personal Counseling

The Personal Counseling Department provides counseling support for all students who self-refer or are referred in by staff or faculty to address emotional, social, and academic issues pertaining to their personal and professional goals. The counseling session focuses on basic counseling needs such as problem solving, conflict resolution, goal setting, communication improvement, time management and stress management related to academic and personal issues, as well as crisis counseling. Mental health related referrals for licensed therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists, as well as clinics and agencies, are provided to all students who are seeking mental health and healthcare support while attending FIDM. All counseling sessions are held in a supportive, safe, and confidential environment. In the event of any emotional situation or crisis, students should contact a personal counselor for an appointment immediately. If the student has an urgent need to speak with a counselor and the counselor is not immediately available, please contact the Front Desk. FIDM will make every attempt to reach a Personal Counselor, a family member or friend, or they will call 911.

Registrar

The Registrar’s Office manages student records, produces strategic reports, and supports the college’s mission by facilitating students timely program completion. The Registrar’s Office (LA, SF) and Education Department (OC, SD) provide the following services:

  • Provides Veterans Administration Enrollment Certification*
  • Processes FIDM transcript requests
  • Issues Late Registration Forms
  • Supplies Advisement Sheets listing the quarterly sequence of courses for each program/major
  • Provides registration materials and the Schedule of Classes prior to web registration for each quarter (also available online on the FIDM Portal)
  • Processes grades submitted by instructors

(Note: Questions regarding a specific grade should be directed to the instructor or the Education Department)

*Students should contact the VA Education Benefits Coordinator at the Los Angeles campus.

Internships

Students combine academic training, theory, and practice at internships within their industry and course of study. In addition, students apply classroom principles to “real life” situations and explore various career options while in their program.

In order to qualify, students must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average, have proof of medical insurance, and be in their second-to-last or last quarter of their program. Internships must be secured and paperwork completed prior to the end of the quarter preceding the internship’s start date. In addition, all students must follow current federal and/or state guidelines.

Students who are interested must see a Career Advisor the quarter prior to their desired internship quarter.

Student Advisement

The Student Advisement Office assists with the advancement and completion of a student’s academic program by providing direction and support for all aspects of the FIDM educational experience.

Withdrawal and Leave of Absence

Each academic program is considered an uninterrupted sequence. If it becomes necessary for a student to withdraw or take a leave from the college, a Leave of Absence/Withdrawal Form must be completed with the Student Advisement Office. An Approved Leave of Absence may be taken for only one full quarter. Any student taking an Unapproved Leave of Absence or withdrawing from the college after the sixth week of classes may incur repeat fees, course-related resource fees and be responsible for purchasing books and supplies that are changed in repeated classes in subsequent quarters. Students on a Leave of Absence are required to continue their schedule of payments and are eligible to receive assistance from the Career Center. Students receiving a Cal Grant award must also notify the California Student Aid Commission of their Leave of Absence or they will lose their award.

Regarding a refund: A refund will be calculated when a student either withdraws from all classes or takes an Unapproved Leave of Absence. Students are reminded that when a refund is calculated based upon a student’s Leave of Absence, it is the student’s responsibility to reapply for all financial aid prior to returning to the college.

Tuition

As a supplement to the catalog, a current tuition schedule is available from the Admissions Office.

Fees

Fee Purpose
$9.00 FIDM Transcript – A written request must be sent to the Registrar’s Office with the correct fee. Allow a minimum of five working days for processing transcripts.
$25.00 Late Registration fee (if form is returned late)
$15.00 Additional/Replacement diploma fee
Variable Additional 3-unit class
$350.00 CARE challenge fee (per 3 units)
$25.00 Non-sufficient funds check charge
$850.00 Developmental Writing, plus books & supplies
Variable Repeating a failing course*
 
  • 1 unit – repeat fee $500.00
  • 2 units – repeat fee $1000.00
  • 3 units – repeat fee $1500.00
  • 6 units – repeat fee $3000.00
*Does not include books and supplies

Three (3)-hour, zero (0)-unit courses such as GNST 0400 Writing Skills or GNST 0450 Math Skills are subject to a repeat fee of $1500.00.

Scholarship Information

  • Visit your Student Advisor
  • Utilize the FIDM Scholarship Foundation, Inc. website fidmscholarshipfoundation.org

Graduation Commencement Exercises

Graduates of the summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters are encouraged to attend the formal graduation ceremony held in June in Los Angeles and San Francisco. With the exception of the Bachelor's degree programs, a $250.00 non-refundable cap and gown and graduation fee is applicable upon matriculation regardless of whether a student participates in the ceremony or not.

Graduation Check

Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego campuses

Prior to registering for the last quarter, students are responsible for completing the "Apply for Degree" request. This link is found on the FIDM Portal. A final graduation check is done to ensure that all course requirements have been met. A tentative graduation list is posted, based upon applications that are received. A 2.0 grade point average is required for graduation. Students are encouraged to complete the Graduation Checklist found on the FIDM Portal prior to leaving campus.

Commencement Honors

Any student receiving a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average graduates cum laude, a 3.8 or higher cumulative grade point average graduates magna cum laude, and a 3.95 or higher cumulative grade point average graduates summa cum laude. This is noted on the student's diploma.

Diplomas

Final degrees are not awarded at the commencement ceremony. Diplomas are mailed to all graduates six months after their graduation date if the student is financially cleared. It is the graduate's responsibility to complete the online application for their degree in order for their diploma to be sent to the appropriate address.

Valedictorian

Students from each graduating class who have achieved a 3.98 cumulative grade point average or above are eligible for consideration as Class Valedictorian. Candidates are asked to submit a written valedictory speech. The submitted speeches are reviewed by a panel of college staff and faculty. One speech is chosen to represent the class based on an oral and written presentation of the proposed speech.

Graduation Awards FIDM Los Angeles & San Diego

APPAREL INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT AWARD

The Apparel Industry Management Award is presented to a graduate for outstanding achievement in the Apparel Industry Management program. The recipient is chosen by the Apparel Industry Management faculty based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or above, professional attitude, creativity, leadership capabilities, managerial skills, industry experience, and community involvement.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DESIGN AWARD

The Design Award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a graduate in the Bachelor of Arts Design program who has applied outstanding innovative and critical approach to the creative and technical processes of design. The Bachelor of Arts in Design faculty select the recipient based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or above, professionalism, creativity, and technical skills. Finalists submit a website or electronic portfolio for faculty review.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DIGITAL CINEMA AWARD

The Digital Cinema Award recognizes an outstanding graduate in the Bachelor of Arts degree program. The award is presented for outstanding achievement, and is chosen by the faculty and chairperson based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, demonstrated creativity, a strong work ethic, and exceptional technical skills. Other characteristics represented by the award recipient include leadership, professionalism, and a strong passion for the industry.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN AWARD

The Graphic Design Award recognizes an outstanding graduate in the Bachelor of Arts degree program. The recipient is selected by the Graphic Design faculty and the chairperson based upon a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or above, professionalism, creativity, and technical skills.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN INTERIOR DESIGN AWARD

The Interior Design Award is presented to a graduate for outstanding achievement in the Bachelor of Arts, Interior Design program.  The recipient is selected by the Interior Design faculty based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or above, exceptional technical skills, demonstrated creativity, and professionalism. 

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PROFESSIONAL STUDIES AWARD

The Professional Studies Award recognizes an outstanding graduate in the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies program.  The recipient is selected by the faculty based upon a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher, with demonstrated skills in research, critical thinking, and professionalism.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN APPAREL TECHNICAL DESIGN AWARD

The Apparel Technical Design Award recognizes an outstanding  graduate in the Bachelor of Science degree program. The recipient is selected by the faculty and the chairperson based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, exceptional technical skills, professionalism, leadership capabilities, and industry involvement.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AWARD

The Business Management Award recognizes an outstanding graduate in the Bachelor of Science degree program. Candidates are determined based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or above and a faculty nomination.  Final candidates are interviewed by an industry panel who selects the recipient based on aptitude for understanding management concepts  along with professional and personal leadership behaviors.

BEAUTY MARKETING & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AWARD

The Beauty Marketing & Product Development Award is presented to a graduate for outstanding achievement in the Beauty Marketing & Product Development program. Faculty choose the recipient, using criteria based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or above, professionalism, leadership capabilities, industry experience, and creativity.

DIGITAL MEDIA AWARD

The Digital Media Award is presented to a graduate for outstanding achievement in Digital Media. Instructors select the recipient based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above, dedication, creativity, excellent technical skills, and a strong passion for the industry.

FASHION DESIGN AWARD

The Fashion Design Award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a graduate in the Fashion Design program who has exhibited a strong understanding of the creative and technical process of producing apparel. The Fashion Design faculty select nominees based on graduates who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or above. Finalists submit a portfolio and are interviewed by a panel composed of faculty and fashion design industry professionals.

GRAPHIC DESIGN AWARD

The Graphic Design Award is presented to a graduate for outstanding achievement in the Graphic Design program. The Graphic Design faculty chooses a recipient based on a cumulative grade point average of  3.7 or above, professionalism, creativity, and technical skills.

INTERIOR DESIGN AWARD

The Interior Design Award honors a graduate for outstanding achievement in the Interior Design program. The recipient is selected by the Interior Design faculty and the chairperson.  Criteria for the award is based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or above, excellent technical skills, design aesthetic, professionalism, and industry involvement.

JEWELRY DESIGN AWARD

The Jewelry Design Award recognizes the graduate who exhibits an understanding of the creative and technical process of designing jewelry. The Jewelry Design faculty determine the recipient from graduates who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above.

MERCHANDISING & MARKETING AWARD

The Merchandising & Marketing Award is presented to a graduate for outstanding achievement in the Merchandising & Marketing program. The Merchandising & Marketing faculty select the recipient based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or above, leadership capabilities, professionalism, and industry experience.

MERCHANDISE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AWARD

The Merchandise Product Development Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the Merchandise Product Development program. Faculty select the recipient based on a 3.8 or above cumulative grade point average, leadership capabilities, professionalism, and industry involvement.

SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD

The Social Media Award is presented to a graduate for outstanding achievement in the Social Media program. Faculty choose the recipient based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or above including the criteria of professional attitude, leadership capabilities, creativity, industry experience, and involvement.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS AWARD

The Visual Communications Award recognizes the graduate who has made an exceptional and sustained effort to achieve excellence in the art of visual communication. Faculty select the recipient based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or above, creativity, craftsmanship skills, professional attitude, and industry involvement.

Graduation Awards FIDM San Francisco

Bachelor or Arts in Design Award

The Design Award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a graduate in the Bachelor of Arts Design program who has demonstrated an innovative and critical approach to the creative and technical processes of design. The Bachelor of Arts in Design faculty select a recipient based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or above, professionalism, creativity, and technical skills. Finalists submit a website or electronic portfolio for faculty review.

Bachelor of Science in Business Management Award

The Business Management Award recognizes an outstanding graduate in this Bachelor of Science program. Candidates are determined based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or above and a faculty nomination. Final candidates are interviewed by an industry panel who selects the recipient based on aptitude for understanding management concepts along with professional and personal leadership behaviors.

Cyril Magnin Award

The Cyril Magnin Award is given to a Merchandising & Marketing graduate who demonstrates outstanding promise in the field of merchandising and marketing, and best exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit of one of FIDM’s founding Advisory Board members, Mr. Cyril Magnin. Nominees are selected based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or above in conjunction with a nomination by department faculty. Ellen Magnin interviews the finalists and selects the winner.

Graphic Design Award

The Graphic Design Award is awarded to one graduate for outstanding achievement in the field of Graphic Design. Graduates qualify for the award by achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or above. A panel of graphic design faculty and industry professionals interview candidates. The award recipient is determined based on presentation of professional skills relating to creativity and craftsmanship skills.

Henry Adams Award

The Henry Adams Award is awarded to an outstanding Interior Design graduate who exhibits exceptional design creativity and imagination, combined with exemplary technical skills and dedication to the pursuit of excellence in interior design. Nominees are selected based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or above and are voted by the department faculty. Candidates are interviewed and a winner selected by a panel of industry professionals.

Levi Strauss Award

The Levi Strauss Award is presented for outstanding achievement in Fashion Design. This award recognizes a student who exhibits an exceptional understanding of the creative and practical process of developing and producing an apparel collection. The Fashion Design faculty, from a circulated list of graduates who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or above, select the finalists. A panel of industry professionals interviews all finalists and selects the award recipient.

Robert J. Mahoney Award

The Robert J. Mahoney Award recognizes the achievements of an outstanding Visual Communications graduate who exhibits exceptional creativity and technical skills from concept to project execution in the area of visual presentation. Nominees are selected based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or above and are voted on by the department faculty. The award recipient is selected following interviews with San Francisco visual communications professionals.

Wilkes Bashford Award

The Wilkes Bashford Award is awarded to a Merchandise Product Development graduate for excellence in the field. Nominees who have attained a 3.7 or above cumulative grade point average, are voted on by the department faculty. The award recognizes a graduate who possesses exceptional skills in understanding the product cycle as well as demonstrates expertise in the technical aspects of product development. Nominees are interviewed by executives from the Wilkes Bashford store who select the recipient.

Graduation Celebration

All graduates are invited to attend a graduation celebration on their respective campuses. This is a rewarding experience where students can bid farewell to good friends and instructors, network with FIDM Alumni, and celebrate their achievements. This celebration is free of charge to students. An invitation will be mailed to September, December, March, and potential June graduates.