• Margo Victor

    Sep 29| Lectures

    Margo Victor lives and works in Los Angeles, California and received her BFA at the California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Happy Lion in Chinatown, Los Angeles, California; Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles; Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York.

  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures

    Shila Khatami has had solo exhibitions at:
    Autocenter in Berlin, Kunstverein Dillingen, 
    Galerie Samy Abraham in Paris, 
    Galerie Susanna Kulli in Zurich, 
    Clages in Cologne and Treize in Paris.
    Group exhibitions include:
    “00ooOO - holes, dots, balls“ with Davide Bertocchi at Hopstreet, Brussels ; 
    “Punkt-Systeme,Vom Pointilismus zum Pixel“ at the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen; 
    „BYOB“ at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; 
    “Dorothea“ at Ancient & Modern, London; 
    “Ambigu“ at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen.

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures

    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures

    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.



Orientation (O-week)

Student Orientation

O-Week / New Student Orientation is scheduled for August 20–27, 2016. 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 College 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.

Tentative Schedule Fall 2016

Saturday, August 20th

Residence Hall Move In

Sunday, August 21st

Residential Programming

Monday, August 22nd, 8 am – 2:30 pm

Family Day / Foundation Student Orientation and Registration
Friends and Family Day
8:00 am Writing Placement Assessment Check-in  
  The Commons
8:30 am Writing Placement Assessment  
9:00 am All Student Check-In  
  The Commons
9:45 am Foundation Students/Family Welcome Bruce Ferguson, President
  Westchester Park
9:50 am O Leader Welcome Mike Luna and O Leaders
10:00 am Academic Expectations Debra Ballard and Joanne Mitchell
11:00 am Pathways to Student Success Lara Kiralla and Nick Negrete
  Westchester Park
  One Stop Center
Library and Student Learning Center (SLC)
Student Health and Wellness Center
Counselling Services
Career Services
Advising at Otis
Technology and You
Safety and Security on Campus
Travel Study Information
12:00 pm Lunch and Vendor Fair (Students)  
  The Commons
12:00 pm Parent Engagement (Parents)  
  Westchester Park
1:30 pm E-Portfolio Learning Jean-Marie Venturini
2:30 pm Student ID Photos and Parking Permits  
  Student Life Center Room 150E

Register for Friends and Family Day

Tuesday, August 23rd, 8 am – 4 pm

Foundation Student Registration

For unregistered students

Tuesday, August 23rd, 8 am – 2:30 pm

Transfer Student Orientation
Transfer Student Orientation
8:00 am Student Check-in  
  The Commons
8:30 am Writing Placement Assessment  
9:00 am All Transfer Student Check-In  
  The Commons
9:45 am Transfer Student Welcome Randy Lavender, Provost
  Westchester Park
10:00 am Pathways to Student Success Laura Kiralla and Nick Negrete
  Westchester Park
  One Stop Center
Library and Student Learning Center (SLC)
Student Health and Wellness Center
Counselling Services
Career Services
Advising at Otis
Technology and You
Safety and Security on Campus
Travel Study Information
11:00 am O Space — Tell Your Story Jean-Marie Venturini
12:00 pm Lunch, Vendor Fair  
  The Commons
1:30 pm Meet and Greet Academic Department Chairs
  The Commons
2:30 pm Sudent ID photos, Parking permits  
  Student Life Center Room 150E

Wednesday, August 24th

Off-Campus Student Experience
Whale Watching Trip
10:00 am Whale Watching Day / Cruise to Newport Beach  
  Meet in front of Ahmanson Hall
Buses depart at 10:00 am
Register for whale watching at Newport Beach Landing

Thursday, August 25th, 8:30 am – 1 pm

International Student Orientation (BFA and MFA)
International Student Orientation
8:00 am Breakfast  
  Galef 105 Lighing Studio
8:30 am Check-in  
9:00 am Welcome & Icebreaker Susan Hatchett and TSOs
(Team International Student Outreach)
9:35 am F-1 Visa Presentation &
Overview of the Handbook and Website
Alia Saeed and Darren Grosch
10:45 am Break  
10:55 am Resource Roundup Various Presenters
12:15 pm TISO Presentation Susan Hatchett and TSOs
12:30 pm Lunch  

Thursday, August 25th, 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Orientation Day (MFA)
12:00 pm Check-in  
12:30 pm Lunch Galef 111
  Introductions / Group Activity
O Space
Title IX
Student Affairs Student Activities
2:20 pm Campus Tour  
3:30 pm –
4:30 pm
Advising and Registration  
  Student ID Cards — Student Life Center
Room 150E

Thursday, August 25th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Dinner and Comedy Night on Campus
Dinner and Comedy Night

Open to all students
Bobrow Thomas Green

Register for dinner and a comedy night

Friday, August 26th, 8:15 am – 8:00 pm

Beach day

Register for O-Beach 2016

8:15 am Board the Busses O Leaders
  Meet in front of Ahmanson Hall
8:40 am Buses Depart from Otis College  
9:00 am Arrive at Dockweiler Youth Center  
9:15 am Welcome Remarks and Breakfast Randy Lavender, Provost
9:30 am Morning Keynot Presentation Linda Hudson,
Foundation Faculty
10:45 am Short Break  
11:00 am Title IX Presentation Carol Branch
12:00 pm Lunch and Beach Time  
  Indoor Games/Activities throughout the day
4:50 pm Return to Dockweiler Youth Center  
5:00 pm Dinner  
6:00 pm Evening Keynote Speaker Justin Jones
7:00 pm Bonfires on the Beach  
8:00 pm Return to Otis College  

Saturday, August 27th, 9:15 am &ndash 8:30 pm

Day out to Disneyland

100 spots available

This event will be offered on a first come first-served basis.

Register for day out to Disneyland

9:15 am Students Arrive  
  Meet in front of Ahmanson Hall
10:00 am Buses Depart from Otis College  
11:15 am Arrive at Disneyland  
7:00 pm Buses Depart Disneyland for Otis College  
8:15 pm Return to Otis College  

Questions? Contact the office of student activities at or call (310) 846-2595 Monday through Friday from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm