The academic flexibility is great at FIDM, with classes on a block schedule within the 10-week quarters. Classes are offered Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. Each class is three hours long and meets once a week. There are also some accelerated classes that a student could meet for; these classes are six hours for five Saturdays. This makes a student's schedule very flexible if one wants to work part-time, carry an internship, or even do both while going to school part- or full-time.
With the programs, a student can choose to draw out academic timelines with a lighter load of classes each quarter or shorten academic timelines by taking a heavier load each quarter. It is up to the student and what he or she wants. Usually students are really eager to get out into their careers, so they'll take the recommended number of courses each quarter—sometimes even more to finish sooner. The main thing is to talk with your advisor about what your options are.