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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


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