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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.


Continuing Education Policies

Refund Policy

Full refunds of tuition and fees are granted if:

  1. A course is canceled by the Continuing Education Division.
  2. Course day or time is changed and the individual student cannot attend.
  3. A course is filled before receipt of your registration form. Refunds are not given to students who notify the College of their withdrawal after the second class meeting.

After you have registered for a course, and you do not attend the first or second meeting, it is your responsibility to notify the Registration Office at registration@otis.edu to request a partial refund.

If a student withdrawal or drop causes the course to be subsequently cancelled, the Withdrawal Refund Policy and not the Cancellation Refund Policy applies to that student. Registration and Student Insurance Fees are non-refundable. Tuition refunds are granted for official drop and withdrawal procedures based on the following:

No Refund

Registration, insurance, and lab fees are not refundable in the case of withdrawal or drop. Parking fees are not refundable after the first class meeting. Refunds are not available to student who do not attend class and who do not officially drop or withdraw from their course. Refer to Drop and Withdrawal section, below. Absolutely no refunds after the start of the second class meeting.

Full Tuition Refund (Insurance and Registration fees non-refundable)

100% refund of tuition, lab, parking, and certificate fees to students who notify the Registrar of their drop or withdrawal prior to the first class session. Insurance and registration fees are non-refundable

Partial Tuition Refund (fees non-refundable)

Partial refunds are given only to students who drop or withdraw before the start of the second class meeting and are pro-rated as follows:

  • Lab, insurance, parking and registration fees are non-refundable.
  • 10% of tuition is charged for each session to students who withdraw from a course that is scheduled to meet 11 or more sessions.
  • 15% of tuition is charged for each session to students who withdraw from a course that is scheduled to meet 6-10 sessions.
  • 30% of tuition is charged for each session to students who withdraw from a course that is scheduled to meet for 3-5 sessions.

No refunds are issued to students who withdraw after the first meeting of a course that is scheduled to meet one or two sessions. Please refer to the catalog course listing section for meeting times and number of class sessions.


To appeal for a refund, which falls outside the policy outlined above, students must submit a written appeal to the Refund Committee. The appeal must outline specific reasons for the refund request.

Refund Processing

Once the information is received by the Office of Registration and Records, tuition refunds require a minimum of four weeks to process.

Drop Policy

Students must officially drop a class through the Office of Registration and Records. Students who for any reason find it impossible to complete the course in which they are enrolled should inform the Office of Registration and Records by email immediately. Students who drop a course before the start of the second class meeting are eligible for a partial tuition refund based on the refund policy.

Withdrawal Policy

Students taking courses at certificate credit level:
After the drop deadline, a student may officially withdraw from a class by contacting the Office Registration and Records at registration@otis.edu. A grade of "W" is assigned. The grade of "W" has no effect upon the grade point average. Failure to complete a course does not constitute official withdrawal, nor does notifying the instructor. Students who do not meet the withdrawal requirements receive a failing grade.

Otis College of Art and Design reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to deny any person’s registration or enrollment in, or admittance to, any Continuing Education or Pre-College course.