• For the second year in a row, Otis will be hosting the Community Works Institute - Summer West. This is a five day professional development program for K-16 teachers focused on place based education, service learning and sustainability. There is a discounted rate for Otis faculty, staff, students and alumni to participate. Contact the Artists Community Teaching program for more info:

  • Classes End.

  • I Know What You Did This Summer is a series of bi-weekly gatherings in the Bolsky Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design organized around informal slideshow presentations by curators, artists, writers and producers in the Los Angeles area. Taking the form of a personal travelogue, presenters will share places, experiences, and encounters during summer travel near and far. I Know What You Did This Summer is an occasion to enjoy drinks and conversation among friends, colleagues and our community.

    July 7: Anna Sew Hoy / Jesse Stecklow


Orientation (O-week)

Student Orientation

O-Week / New Student Orientation is scheduled for August 22–27, 2016. Events take place both on and off campus.

O-WEEK is a series of programs and events focused on the importance of welcoming new first year students to the Otis Community. Events take place at the start of the fall semester and a condensed version of the same activities is provided to students entering in the spring semester. The cost of events is included in the student’s tuition and registration fees. Students do not incur out-of pocket expenses.

Tentative Schedule Fall 2016

August 20th

Residence Hall Move In

More details to come from the Office of Student Housing

August 21st

Residential Student Day

More details to come.

August 22nd

Family Day and Orientation for New and Transfer Foundation Students Only / In-person Registration
Friends and Family Day

Locations to be announced

8:00 am Student Check-in
8:30 am Writing Proficiency Assessment
9:00 am All Student Check-In
9:45 am Foundation Students/Family Welcome
9:50 am Orientation Leader Welcome
10:00 am Academic Expectations
11:00 am Pathways to Student Success
12:00 pm Lunch, Vendor Fair (Students)
12:00 pm Parent Engagement (Parents) with Lunch
1:30 pm E-Portfolio Learning
Mandatory to receive parking pass/Student ID
4:00 pm End of the Day

Register for Friends and Family Day

August 23rd

Sophomore and Junior Transfer Student Orientation and In-person Registration
Transfer Student Orientation

Locations to be announced

8:00 am Student Check-in
8:30 am Writing Proficiency Assessment
9:00 am All Transfer Student Check-In
9:45 am Transfer Student Welcome
10:00 am Pathways to Student Success
11:00 am O Space – Tell Your Story
12:00 pm Lunch, Vendor Fair
1:30 pm Registration
Sophomore and Junior transfer students only
2:00-5:00 pm ID photos, Parking permits

August 24th

Whale Watching Trip

Whale Watching Trip

Newport Landing

Register for whale watching at Newport Beach Landing

August 25th

International Student Orientation (BFA and MFA)

International Student Orientation

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

More details to be announced later.

Graduate Student Orientation Day (MFA)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dinner and Comedy Night on Campus

Dinner and Comedy Night

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Register for dinner and a comedy night

August 26th


Beach day

8:15 am – 8:00 pm

Register for O-Beach 2016

August 27th

Day out to Disneyland


100 spots available

This event will be offered on a first come first-served basis.

Register for day out to Disneyland

Questions? Contact the office of student activities at or call (310) 846-2595 Monday through Friday from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm