General Information

General Information

Here you'll find general information about all things FIDM, from getting around, to shopping, to safety and taking care of your health. 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.

To report a crime or emergency:

Off-campus: Report any crime to your local police. For emergencies, please call 911.

On-campus: Report any crime, emergency, and/or suspicious or potentially criminal activity immediately to the Campus Security.

  • Los Angeles Campus: 213-624-1200 x2020
  • Orange County Campus: 949-851-6200
  • San Francisco Campus: 415-675-5200

Preparing Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics

To maintain compliance with Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”) and related Higher Education Act (“HEA”) requirements, and in an effort to continuously promote and improve safety and security measures on campus, FIDM collects and publishes information regarding its current safety and security policies, victim services and crime statistics. Once collected, the information is presented in this Annual Safety and Security Report (“Report”) to prospective and current students, faculty, staff and the public. FIDM's most current Report is available via the link below, and a paper copy is available upon request. Any questions about this Report should be directed to the Campus Security Survey Administrator, Lisa Davis at 213.624.1200 x3017 or

Download or view the Annual Safety & 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, and Orange County; 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).


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. The FIDM Shuttle provides free transportation for students to/from the Los Angeles main campus, FIDM Housing, and 7th Street Metro Center station on a continual basis when school is in session. See the FIDM Portal, Student Activities Office or the Security Desk (Rotunda) for the shuttle schedule.

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 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

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

FIDM Tote Bag

The FIDM tote bag will be provided to students during the first quarter of each contracted program.  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 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, 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 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.

The FIDM Museum Shop

The FIDM Museum Shop, located on the Los Angeles campus, 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 for upcoming book signings and guest speakers. Shop online at

First Aid & Health Information

Each campus provides minor first-aid supplies, as well as information about 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. FIDM does not require vaccinations of staff or students. Students needing information regarding vaccinations should contact a health care professional.  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 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 display their FIDM Student Photo ID along with their valid quarter sticker while on campus. This card is required for access to any FIDM campus, and it allows students to check out books in the Library, pick up books and supplies from the Bookroom, and receive student discounts around town. The fee for a lost FIDM Student Photo ID is $10.

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 students' responsibility to provide current contact information quarterly through the FIDM Portal to be sure they 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. It is important that students reply to this alert to confirm that FIDM has their correct contact information and they are able to receive an alert in a real emergency. 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..  


Color and black/white printing and copying is available to students using printers and multi-function copiers in the Library and computer labs. Use of the FIDM Student Photo ID card is required in order to print or copy. There is a fee for using multi-function copiers in the libraries. Students can add funds to their FIDMPrints account online with a credit card or by using the cash-only pay stations located in the FIDM Library on all campuses. FIDMPrints balances on student accounts are non-refundable.

Recommended Computer Specifications for All Majors

Please contact the Digital Media/Cinema department for specific computer specs.

If your major is not listed, students can purchase either a PC or a Mac with the minimum requirements outlined below.

Software (free or via educational discount)

  • Adobe Creative Cloud 2021 - All enrolled students receive a subscription to the latest version of the Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Office 365 Online - view and edit Office documents for free in your web browser or download the apps to your device (full version - up to two computers) with your Office 365 Outlook student email. MS Office 2019 (one-time purchase) can be purchased at an education discount rate.
  • SketchUp Make (Design, Interior Design, Visual Communications, Entertainment Set Design & Decoration majors)
  • Rhino 7 (Design major) — 90 Day free trial
  • Revit 2021 (Interior Design majors)
  • Autodesk software (AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Revit, & more) -
  • Vectorworks (Visual Communications and Entertainment Set Design & Decoration majors)

NOTE: Apparel Industry Management, Apparel Technical Design, Fashion Design, and Menswear majors are required to purchase a PC computer (with Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 32 or 64 bit OR Enterprise edition).

Interior Design, Merchandise Product Development, and Merchandising & Marketing majors are required to purchase a PC computer.

Windows PC Laptop/Desktop (e.g., HP, Lenovo, Dell, etc.)

  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 64-bit OS is required
  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
  • Intel® i7 processor (recommended)
  • At least a 15" display, capable of 1920x1080 resolution
  • Dedicated graphics card with at least 2 GB of VRAM memory (e.g. NVIDIA)
  • 500GB (7200 rpm) hard drive and/or solid-state hard drive, with an additional external drive - 2 TB for back-up and storage

Apple MacBook Pro laptop or desktop (iMac, Mac Pro, or Mac Mini)

  • 15-16" MacBook Pro (recommended) or 13" MacBook Pro (minimum)
  • macOS Mojave 10.14 (minimum)
  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
  • Intel Core i5 processor (minimum); Intel Core i7 or i9 processor (recommended)
  • AMD Radeon 5500M (for MacBook Pro) recommended - (most MacBooks have an Intel integrated graphics card)
  • 256 GB (512 GB recommended) SSD hard drive, with an additional external drive - 2 TB for Time Machine/back-up storage

Please note that tablets (i.e.: iPads or Android tablets) or Chromebooks are not suitable replacements for recommended computers.


  • Antivirus, Anti-spyware, Anti-malware software (e.g. Sophos Home or McAfee)
  • Broadband internet connection (cable, fiber, or DSL) highly recommended for accessing the FIDM eLearning System and online services
  • Webcam
  • Computer mouse (USB or wireless)

Additional Peripherals (Recommended)

  • Microphone/headset
  • WACOM Tablet (recommended for Textile Design and Graphic Design)
  • Printer
  • USB Flash Drive (64 GB recommended)

Discounts for Hardware/Software/Products