• Public-Library is a cross-disciplinary design studio in Los Angeles. They construct identities, concepts and experiences for brands through the practice of reduction using fundamental typographic theory and experimentation with space and form.

    Ramón Coronado and Marshall Rake met as design students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After studying, working, and exhibiting independently for many years—both stateside and internationally—their design philosophy and approach brought them back together as Public-Library in 2011.

  • Sandra Lim

    Mar 29| Lectures

    Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness, winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Glück. Her work is also included in the anthologies Gurlesque, The Racial Imaginary, and Among Margins: An Anthology on Aesthetics. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute.

  • Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • A limited number of tickets are available to FUN HOME, an emotionally charged and poignant family drama, inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, in which she explores her coming out and the suicide of her domineering father Bruce. Sign up in the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Life Center Room 150E.

  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture REDUX.5 by Michiel Riedijk at MOCA.


    Michiel Riedijk regularly lectures at universities, cultural institutions and symposia worldwide. His theories and writings on architecture have gained international recognition from fellow architects and scholars. The work of Neutelings Riedijk Architects has received worldwide appreciation through numerous publications, international awards and exhibitions around the world. - Neutelings Riedijk Architects


Tips and Recommendations

Though the area surrounding Otis is relatively safe, please be cautious and aware of your surroundings.

 Safety tips:
  • There is safety in numbers. Walk in groups or use the buddy system, especially after dark.
  • Walk briskly and know your destination. If you see anyone who looks suspicious, change your path and cross the street. 
  • Walk in well-lighted and well-trafficked areas. Avoid shortcuts  through alleys, past heavy foliage or near other places where someone might be hiding. 
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash or wear expensive jewelry that draws attention to you. Carry bags, purses, or valuable equipment such as cameras and computers close to your body or out of sight.

Vehicles parked on the street can present an easy opportunity for thieves and vandals. Keep valuables out of sight in a locked trunk or leave them at home.

Establish a file that will help you if you are the victim of a crime, including:

  • Credit card numbers and email/phone numbers to report lost or stolen cards.
  • telephone number/email of your insurance agent
  • Your license plate and vehicle identification numbers
  • Your driver's license number
  • An extra set of keys
  • Your bank account numbers and the customer service phone number for your bank

For more information regarding Health, Safety, & Emergency Response, please view the Student Handbook "The HOOT" or download a PDF  here.

Earthquake Preparedness

Earthquakes are a fact of life in Southern California.The following basic behaviors should become a routine part of a student's life:

  • Maintain a three-day supply of non-perishable food, such as peanut butter, canned tuna, granola bars, and dried fruit.
  • Keep three gallons of bottled water per person in your home.
  • Make arrangements with your family or significant others for an out-of-state contact person. It may be impossible to email/text/phone people in California, but possible to contact those in other states.
  • Have a flashlight and a pair of sturdy shoes under your bed.
  • Do not place your bed directly under a window, and do not hang heavy items such as pictures/bookshelf over your bed.

Emergency Contacts

Otis Security Desk: (310) 665-6965
Police and Medical: 911
Natural Disaster/Campus Information: (888) 751-7523
Student Counseling Services: (310) 665-6968
Student Affairs: (310) 665-6960

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