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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Matthew Brandt, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Kerry Tribe, an artist working primarily in film, video, and installation. Read more about her here
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • You are invited to a Movies that Matter Special Screening of the powerful new film shaping the debate about rape on college campuses, The Hunting Ground, on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:15 PM in the Otis Forum.  The Hunting Ground is a startling exposé of sexual assaults on U.S. colleges, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on the victims and their families from the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering.
  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by 

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Hassan Khan, an artist who lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Read more about him here.


    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.


Orientation (O-week)

Student Orientation 2015

For a complete schedule, see the Fall 1025 O Week Brochure.

O Week/New Student Orientation is scheduled for August 24–29, 2015. 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.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Family and Friends Day

English Placement Exam

8:45 am, Ahmanson Hall 315 (Goldsmith Campus)
Students previously scheduled to take this exam need to attend.

New Student Arrival
Otis Family Day

All New Foundation Students are expected to attend.

11:00 am, Westchester Park Assembly Area (across from Goldsmith Campus).

Students meet the President and/or Provost of the college, the VP of Student Success/Dean of Student Affairs, the entire Student Affairs Staff, and student leaders including Student Voice Association members, the Campus Activities Board, and the student led New Student Orientation leader team. A full lunch is served and the opportunity for students to mix and mingle is provided. There will also be a host of local vendors present such as banks, restaraunts, student clubs and organizations present to introduce themslves and invite new students to participate in campus life programs.  All new foundation students foundation transfer students at Otis are expected to attend. Graduate level students are welcomed and also encouraged to participate.

RSVP for Family and Friends Day

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Registration and Student ID’s

Otis ID

8:35 am to 5:30 pm, Ahmanson Hall 4th Floor (Goldsmith Campus)

Academic Advisors and select faculty members involved in the First Year student experience are available to assist with preparing students first year class scheduling. New students are expected to attend registration day to not only create their class schedule, but to obtain information on how to create an E-Portfolio account and use O SPACE, a necessary tool to succeed in classes.

Please note that select students will attend an earlier registration day in July 2015, as directed by the Otis Office of Admissions.

Student ID’s

11:15 am Ahmanson Hall B02 (Goldsmith Campus)

New students will also take Student ID photos and can inquire about parking permits on campus.  Student ID photos are taken on the lower level of Ahmanson Hall B02.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

International Students and Hollywood Tour

International Student Orientation
International Student Orientation

Attending ISO is required of all incoming international students.

8:30 am to 12:00 pm, Westchester Park Assembly area (across from Goldsmith Campus)

Otis College of Art & Design provides an International Student Orientation (ISO) for all incoming international students. This orientation will familiarize new students with U.S. immigration requirements, Otis programs and services, adjusting to life in the U.S. and Los Angeles, and learn about the culture at Otis from current students.

 For more information please email international@otis.edu

Grand Hollywood Tour
All-day outing

Buses leave from Goldsmith Campus at 12:45 pm and return at 6:00 pm.

The Office of Student Activities hosts a half day outing in the greater Los Angeles area. Grand Hollywood tour providing students a sight-seeing extravaganza on a Hollywood double-decker bus. This activity has limited space and is offered on a first-come first served basis to 50–75 students.

RSVP for Hollywood Grand Tour

The Grand Hollywood Tour is currently booked to capacity. You may still register for this activity. However as of 7/14/2015 names will be placed on a wait list)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Transfer Students

Transfer Student Orientation
Transfer Student Orientation

11:00 am to 3:45 pm, Ahmanson Hall A–102 (Goldsmith Campus)
Schedule subject to revision—please check back.

The Office of Student Affairs in conjunction with the Office of Student Activities realizes the unique needs of the transfer student population. A special New Student Orientation Program will be held for ALL Transfer Students on Thursday, August 27, between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. A light breakfast and full-lunch will be included. Please stay tuned for more complete details in mid to late June which will include a link to register for the event.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Beach Day

Beach day

8:15 am to 8:00 pm, Dockweiler Youth Center, El Segundo, CA

Buses leave Otis at 8:30 am and return to Goldsmith Campus at 8:30 pm

O BEACH (formerly known as O CAMP) is a traditional event for ALL new first year students that is facilitated by the Office of Student Affairs and Student Activities. Current Otis students who serve as Orientation Leaders also assist with the planning and execution of O BEACH. All new first year Otis Owls are encouraged to spend an afternoon on a Los Angeles Beach! Two amazing key note speakers have been invited, and students will be able to spend a good part of the day at the beach!


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Disneyland Day

New Student Disneyland Outing

10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Disneyland.

Buses leave Goldsmith Campus at 10:00 am and return to Goldsmith Campus by 8:30 pm

Open to new first-year students arriving Fall 2015. Space is limited. 

The New Student Disneyland Outing is currently booked to capacity. You may still register for this activity. However as of 7/14/2015, names will be placed on a wait list)

RSVP for New Student Disneyland Outing

Questions? Contact the office of student activities at studentactivities@otis.edu or call 310–846–2595 Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm