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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • 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.


Orientation (O-week)

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.

O Week/New Student Orientation takes place both on and off campus and is scheduled for August 24–29, 2015.

The components of O Week are as follows:

Day 1, Monday, August 24, 2015 - Goldsmith Campus

  • Arrive 8:45 am if you are scheduled by the Office of Admissions to take the EPA exam.
  • All other new students arrive to Otis at 11:00am  - Assemble accross the street from the Otis main campus next to Westchester Park.
All New Foundation Students are expected to attend:

Otis Family Day

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.



Day 2, Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 8:30 - 4:30pm - Goldsmith Campus


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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.  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 room B02. Please note that select students will attend an earlier registration day in July 2015, as directed by the Otis Office of Admissions.

Day 3, Wednesday August 26, 2015 - Grand Hollywood Tour - Buses leave Otis at 12:45PM and return to Otis at 6:00PM


All-day outing

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.



Day 3, Wednesday August 26, 2015 - International Student Orientation - 9:00am - 12:15:PM-  Goldsmith Campus.

 For more information please email  international@otis.edu

International Student Orientation

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.

Attending ISO is required of all incoming international students.



Day 4, Thursday, August 27, Transfer Stuent Orientation - 11:00am-4:00pm - Ahmanson Hall, RM A-102, Goldsmith Campus 

(Schedule subject to revision - please check back)


Transfer Student Orientation

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 9:00am and 2:00pm. 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.


Day 5, Friday August 28, "O BEACH" - 8:00AM to 8:00PM - Dockweiler Youth Center, El Segundo, CA - Buses leave Otis at 8:30AM and return to Otis at 8:30PM


Beach day

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!



Day 6, New Student Disneyland Outing SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH 10:00AM - 7:00PM - Buses leave Otis at 10:00AM and return to Otis by 8:30PM



QUESTIONS? CONTACT THE OFFICE OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES AT studentactivities@otis.edu or call 310-846-2595 Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 6:00pm