For Digital Arts Educators: Resources from FIDM – First Edition

First Edition (Spring/Summer 2015)

Welcome to the FIDM Digital Arts section just for educators.

Here you’ll find tutorials, projects, discussion topics and assignments and other resources like education grants and scholarship opportunities from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. This section is updated on a monthly basis, so be sure to sign up for our educator email list to get notified when new content is published.

With four California campuses located in the heart of the fashion and entertainment industries, FIDM is a leading, accredited college offering specialized Associate of Arts and Bachelor’s of Arts degrees. FIDM has been educating students with creative and leadership skills for the global industries of fashion, visual arts, interior design, and entertainment for more than 45 years. Learn more about FIDM’s Digital Media Degree Program here and FIDM’s Graphic Design Degree Program here.

Classroom Projects


We’ve shared some of the basic fundamentals of poster design and provided free downloadable assets for your classroom to use. Students may then submit their completed work to be displayed on the featured gallery for our readers to see. Click here to learn more.


We’ve shared some of the basic fundamentals of video editing and provided free downloadable video for your classroom to use. Students may then submit their completed work to be displayed on the featured gallery for our readers to see. Click here to learn more.


One of the strongest and most common places to house inspiration is right on a computer’s desktop. Every month we challenge our readers to design a new desktop wallpaper around a given theme to help inspire others. We invite you to challenge your class to do the same. Click here to learn more.

Classroom Discussion Topics


Will.I.Am Just Threw His Proverbial Hat into the Wearable Tech Ring

Vying against tech industry powerhouses Apple and Samsung over control of the next alleged “big thing” in wearable technology, musician, entrepreneur, and FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Alumnus Will.I.Am took the stage at tech conference Dreamforce in San Francisco last week to unveil his own take on the wearable tech market with his high tech, high-fashion wearable smartband device, The Puls.


10 Subscription Brands that Will Make You Rethink the Cardboard Package

Subscription box service brands are on the rise according to Forbes, offering delivery services for consumers of varied of interests– from foodies, to beauty mavens, to dog lovers. These brands are also (much to our delight) rethinking the basic design of cardboard packaging, incorporating beautiful typography, graphic elements and other motifs.

Looking for more discussions topics? Click here to browse.



How To: Create a Pop Art Inspired Vector Self Portrait

Steve Reaves, the director of the Graphic Design program at FIDM created this fun, informative, and easy-to-follow tutorial that will teach your class how to create a pop art inspired vector self portrait using Adobe Illustrator CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CS6.


How To: Create Color Palettes Using Your Favorite Images

One of our favorite and most successful ways to develop new color palettes is to create them using inspirational images. This easy-to-follow tutorial will teach this skill to your class.

Looking for more tutorials? Click here to browse.

Grant & Scholarship Opportunities


Earn grants for your school.

FIDM offers grants to aid educators in making classrooms a vibrant place of learning and providing opportunities for students to explore career information and post-secondary education.

  • High School Teacher Grant – This grant provides funds to create and sustain classroom projects and programs.
  • FIDM Field Trip Grant – This grant provides funds to enable teachers and students to visit FIDM by helping to cover the costs of a bus and substitute teacher.

Click here to learn more about available grants.


FIDM offers dozens of scholarship opportunities.

These FIDM Scholarships are an investment in the future of our students, the next generation of solution-oriented creative leaders, entrepreneurs, and trendsetters.

Click here to learn more about available scholarship opportunities.

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