Events
  • LA Portfolio Day

    Jan 15| Special Event
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    Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to host the Los Angeles Portfolio Day on January 15, 2017 from 12-4pm!

    Bring your portfolio for an informal review by representatives from art and design schools, and learn about their programs of study. Portfolio Day events are held across the country, high school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.

  • James Hannaham

    Jan 25| Lectures
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    James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods, which won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, and God Says No, a Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

  • Tuning the Room

    Jan 28| Exhibition
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    Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room

    January 28 - April 16, 2017

    Ben Maltz Gallery

  • Opening Reception

    Jan 28| Special Event
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    In acoustical engineering, “tuning the room” is a technique for measuring the specific sound properties of an enclosed space and then adapting the environment to improve its acoustic reflections. New York-based artist Anna Craycroft applies this technique both literally and metaphorically to the Ben Maltz Gallery for her exhibition Tuning the Room. Craycroft’s exhibition asks that we consider how the specific characteristics of an environment shape our experience within it, and how we become attuned in return.

  • Robin Coste Lewis won the National Book Award for Voyage of the Sable Venus. Her writing has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition: Women in Literary Arts, VIDA, Phantom Limb, and Lambda Literary Review. She has taught at Wheaton, Hunter, Hampshire, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Lewis is a fellow of Cave Canem and of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, as well as a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at USC.

  • Solmaz Sharif

    Mar 01| Lectures
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    Solmaz Sharif’s first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press and is a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her poetry has appeared in the New Republic, Granta, Poetry, and other journals. Her first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press. A former Stegner Fellow, she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Paul Lisicky

    Mar 08| Lectures
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    Paul Lisicky’s memoirs include The Narrow Door, a New York Times Editors' Choice, and Famous Builder. He is the author of a collection of short prose entitled Unbuilt Projects, and the novels The Burning House, and Lawnboy.

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Commencement

Commencement takes place once a year at the end of the spring semester. Undergraduate and graduate students must complete all degree requirements by the end of the spring semester to be eligible to participate in Commencement. A student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 at the end of the previous fall semester, as well as a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the major.

An exception may be made for undergraduate students who will be missing no more than 6 credits by the end of the spring semester. An Application for Inclusion in Commencement must be completed by the student and approved by the Liberal Arts and Sciences department chair, the studio department chair and the Registrar for the student to be eligible to participate in Commencement.

If you completed your degree requirements during the previous fall semester, you are eligible to participate in Commencement. Contact the Office of Registration and Records and the Student Affairs Office for more information.

Participation in Commencement and inclusion in the program does not constitute graduation. Graduation occurs after final grades have been posted and all requirements have been met. Degree requirements and  detailed course descriptions are listed in the Course Catalogue.

Questions regarding the actual Commencement Ceremony should be addressed to Student Affairs  at (310) 665-6960 or student@otis.edu.

 

More information on Commencement

 

DEGREE PLANNING GUIDE
A Degree Planning Guide (also known as a Degree Audit) lists all degree requirements that a student must complete to earn their degree. A Degree Planning Guide is automatically sent to students during the last semester of their junior year as they prepare for their senior year and again after the first semester of their senior year. The Degree Planning Guide includes approved transfer credits, completed courses and courses in which the student is currently enrolled.
 
A student may request a copy of their Degree Planning Guide at any time to check their progress toward their degree. Requests can be made in person at the Office of Registration and Records (2nd floor Ahmanson), by fax (310) 665-6956 or via our Contact form. Please provide your name, student id number, major and your signature on your request. Please indicate if you would like to pick up your guide or have it mailed to you. Degree Planning Guides cannot be faxed. Degree Planning Guides take 24 hours to process.
 
Discrepancies may occur due to the following:
  • Transfer credit - Official transcripts and a Request for Course Approval form must be on file in the Office of Registration and Records before transfer credit can be applied. Transfer courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better for undergraduate students and a grade of "B" or better for graduate students. When transfer credit has not been applied, the official transcript and/or the Request for Course Approval signed by the appropriate department chair are missing.
     
  • Course Substitutions - If you took another course at Otis in place of a listed degree requirement, a Request for Course Approval form signed by the appropriate department chair and approved by the Registrar must be on file in the Office of Registration and Records before credit can be applied. When a course substitution has not been applied, the Request for Course Approval form is missing.

 

Students anticipating graduation must:

  • Complete a Petition for Graduation (available in the Registration and Records Office)
  • Clear their account with the Student Accounts Office
  • Schedule an exit interview with the Financial Aid Office

 

A final degree audit will be performed to determine that all degree requirements have been completed. The undergraduate student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 as well as a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the major. The student's degree will be posted once the final degree audit confirms that all course requirements have been successfully completed, the minimum grade point average requirements have been met, and all necessary student records are on file.

Graduation with honors is earned when an undergraduate student's cumulative grade point average is 3.5 or above. This honor is designated in the commencement program, the academic transcript, and on the diploma.

Make an appointment with your studio and/or liberal arts advisor to discuss any discrepancies and then report any changes to the Office of Registration and Records. Request for Course Approval forms are available in the Office of Registration and Records.

 

DIPLOMAS
Diplomas are available approximately six months after the commencement ceremony. If you do not submit a Petition for Graduation, you will not receive a diploma, regardless of academic eligibility. Petitions for Graduation are available in the Office of Registration and Records. You will receive written notification when your diploma is available. You may have your diploma mailed to you or you may make arrangements to pick up your diploma at the Office of Registration and Records. Any holds (Student Accounts, Library, Financial Aid etc.) on your records must be cleared before you can receive your diploma.
 
 
Students who never claimed their diploma should contact the Office of Registration and Records to initiate a search. You will be notified when your diploma is ready.
 
Duplicate diplomas will only be issued to students who graduated on or after January 1, 1994. Diplomas will only be issued using the original, legal name of the student at the time of graduation. Diplomas will be signed by the current responsible officials and can only be printed at the time of the regular diploma print run which occurs three times a year at the end of each semester. The Request for Duplicate Diploma form is available in the Office of Registration and Records. The cost for a duplicate diploma is $50.00.