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  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  




    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.


    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.


    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.


Local & Regional Field Trip Policy


The Local and Regional Field Trip Policy covers local field trips, local overnight field trips, and short regional overnight field trips in the U.S.  This policy also applies to courses with regular off-campus meetings at museums, field sites, or other destinations.  Student Affairs outings are exempt from this policy.


In order to ensure that field trips fall within the scope of a course’s and the College’s mission and that student safety issues are fully addressed, field trips must be authorized in advance and be fully documented through the on-time submission of the forms listed below.  All field trips must be led by a faculty or staff member, and student participants must adhere to field trip guidelines.  Leader responsibilities and guidelines for students are described below. The entire policy PDF version can be download.


All originals should be submitted to the Department for safekeeping and held for three years. For all overnight trips, submit a copy of the Field Trip Roster to the Provost Office prior to trip departure.



Field Trip



Field Trip

Regional Overnight

Field Trip

Submit to Academic Department by This Date

Local & Regional Field Trip Policy

Download Policy (docx)





Field Trip Request Form

Download Form (docx)



Chair/Director approval required



Chair/Director & Provost approval required



Chair/Director & Provost approval required

Local Field Trip: 7 business days

Local Overnight Field Trip: 8 weeks

Regional Overnight Field Trip: 4 months

Field Trip Waiver & General Release Form

Download Waiver (PDF)






48 hours in advance of trip

Field Trip Roster

Download Roster (docx)








48 hours in advance of trip

6 weeks in advance when trip cost is to be posted to students accounts 

Emergency Contact Form

Download Form (docx)








7 business days in advance of trip

Travel Expense Form

If relevant

If relevant

If relevant

Two weeks after the end of your program (Submit to Business Office)



A field trip is defined as any academic activity that requires student travel, serves educational purposes, and/or occurs off-campus, where the “campus” is defined as any Otis locations, including the Goldsmith Campus, CalMart, the 18th Street Art Center, and the Culver City Studios.  For the purposes of this policy, there are three types of field trips:

  • Local Field Trip – Non-overnight domestic travel normally within 100 miles of an Otis location
  • Local Overnight Field Trip – Domestic travel normally within 100 miles of an Otis location with up to three nights’ stay
  • Regional Overnight Field Trip – Domestic travel within 1400 miles of an Otis location and up to four nights’ stay

Travel Study Programs, which involve international travel or domestic travel beyond the parameters of a field trip as described above, are covered under other policies, click here.  Please contact the Center for International Education at International@otis.edu or (310) 665-6994 for more information about Travel Study Programs.



The responsibilities of the Leader on a field trip will vary by location and activity but may include the following:

  1. Leader: Either the faculty member or some other responsible College official designated by the faculty member must accompany all field trips. Non-faculty “Trip Leaders” must be approved by the Provost’s Office. While Teaching Assistants or similarly designated College employees may participate in field trips, a Teaching Assistant is not an appropriate Leader for such a trip. 

  2. Site Visit: Whenever practical, the site of the field trip should be visited in advance by the Leader or an appropriate College official to evaluate and, through planning, to minimize potential risks. The site visit can be bypassed if the Leader can demonstrate and document sufficient knowledge of the field trip site. This could be accomplished by reviewing online, published materials, or contacting the site to discuss the visit.

  3. Students with Disabilities, & Title IX: Any student who is enrolled in a field trip may potentially need special accommodations.  Such students should speak as soon as possible with Dr. Carol Branch, Director, Student Resources Center (SRC) & Title IX Coordinator, for information and assistance. Students addressing sexual harassment/sexual violence concerns should seek assistance from our Title IX Coordinator. The SRC is located on the first floor of Ahmanson Hall.  Contact information is cbranch@otis.edu or (310) 846-2554.

  4. Student Preparation: Students must be thoughtfully and thoroughly prepared before departure. The Leader must convene students in order to:

  • Review conduct rules.
  • Ensure that students know when and where they are to meet upon arrival and throughout the trip.
  • Review the detailed day-to-day instructional agenda, which should include a general itinerary associated with the trip. One copy of the itinerary should be sent to the Department responsible for the course.
  • Inform participants of field trip costs, including deposit amount and payment deadlines.
  • Discuss with the students the nature of the activities during the field trip, including any inherent hazards, strenuous activity, or unusual activity that might take place. Account for and provide for an alternate assignment for students unwilling to accept the risk of participation in a field trip or an activity scheduled on the agenda for said trip.
  • Collect Emergency Contact Forms from students.
  1. Emergency Guidelines:
  • Keep the Otis Safety numbers with you at all times.  http://www.otis.edu/emergency-information
  • When leading group trips, Leaders must carry emergency contact information and the authorization for emergency medical treatment (language in the Waiver of Liability) for each participant.
  • Carry a charged cell phone for the duration of the trip or provide a detailed list of how and when you can be reached.
  • Be the contact person for students, Otis staff, and parents. 
  • Monitor travel conditions. 
  • Manage student behavior issues.
  • In case of an accident: Immediately phone 911 in all cases involving serious injury or death, multiple injuries, or extensive property damage. Your first priority is to care for any injured individuals.

 6. Otis Driver Policy: If you are planning to drive a vehicle to transport students on your field trip you must obtain permission from the Environmental Health & Saftey Manager, Peter Zaretskiy. Contact information, 310-846-2609. The  approval process will take approximately four weeks. All necessary forms needed for approval can be found at the bottom of this page.



  1. Students participating in field trips are expected to adhere to the same standards of behavior as published in The Hoot and in the Travel Study Behavior Code of Conduct. Any violation of the regulations or local, state, or federal laws may result in disciplinary action or sanctions by the College.
  2. Students, who choose to travel to the site of a field trip early, or remain at the site after the planned activity is completed, or who separate from the group, do so at their own risk.
  3. Students are responsible for carrying their own personal medication while on a field trip.



Course Catalog/Student Handbook (The Hoot - Registration and Records)

Emergency Information

Incident report involving a student, Incident report involving an employee (Human Resources)

Travel Policy (Business Office)

European Travel Agency Procedures (Business Office) Utilize this link to assist in planning transportation, and acommodation, etc.


Leader's Seeking to Drive and Transport Otis Students Must Complete and Submit the Following Forms to PETER ZARETSKY, Environmental Health & Safety Manager, 310-846-2609

Approved Driver Acknowledgement Form

Motor Vehicle Records Form

Cellular Phone and Texting Agreement

CA DMV INF 1101 Form