The academic experience is completely unique at FIDM. It isn't your typical college routine, where you sit in a class of 1000 students and take lecture notes three times a week. At FIDM, the academic structure includes all four quarters in a year; however, a student must only complete three to finish an academic year, unless his or her program suggests otherwise. A student has each class once a week for three hours, and the scheduling is blocked. Classes are offered at 8:30 a.m.,12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.
As far as the actual workload, be prepared. A lot of people generalize or assume just because there is the word "fashion" in FIDM's name that the school magically doesn't require homework. FIDM's workload is intense! You have at least one hour of out of class work for each hour in class—if not more.