• Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney


    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak


    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.


E-Learning Policies

Training + Support

Before faculty can teach an E-Learning course:

  1. Complete Bricks + Clicks: The How-Tos of E-Learning
  2. Receive Chair Approval
  3. Complete the E-Learning Course Research Proposal (if first time teaching an E-Learning course)

View complete process for teaching an e-learning course.


E-Learning Syllabi Template

A syllabus template has been built with all required eLearning information for you along with pages and module boxes to assist faculty.

In an effort to better serve students and support you in developing your eLearning course, we ask that ALL eLearning faculty make sure to use this template with these caveats:

  • You can of course customize the ePortfolio design to suit your tastes though please keep ADA compliance in mind. Color text on a color background is VERY difficult to read.
  • You may already have a course ePortfolio that you are using. Just make sure the content is up to date with the information in this template.
  • You may also need to include information to this syllabus required by your department or program. Please feel free to add in additional pages or sections as needed.


Log Into O-Space

Go to “Bricks & Clicks Alumni Community”

Select the ePortfolios Tab

Select Gray Button:

 Create E-Portfolio From Template button

E-Learning Syllabi Policies

The following policies should be included in all E-Learning Syllabi. 


During the online portion of this course, your weekly completion of online course activities, not including homework, constitutes your attendance for that week. Failure to complete required course activities by the stated deadline constitutes an absence. Late completion of coursework does not remove an absence. 

Attendance is critical to learning and academic success; students are therefore expected to attend all class meetings. Students who incur more than two absences in a course that meets once per week, or more than four absences in a course that meets twice per week, will fail the course, barring exceptional circumstances as determined by the Chair. Exceptional circumstances include, but are not limited to: death in the family, serious medical conditions, hospitalization, observance of religious holidays, and some approved disability accommodations. Students wishing to claim exceptional circumstances must provide the Chair with appropriate documentation. At the Chair's discretion, numerous absences due to exceptional circumstances may necessitate course withdrawal or failure. Three tardies (including arriving late or leaving early) equal one absence.


One credit hour is awarded for 3 hours’ coursework, completed either as instructional activity (conducted face-to-face or online, and constituting attendance in E-Learning settings) or as homework (assigned to be performed outside of class). E-Learning courses meet for a total of 3 our 6 hours per week for 15 weeks in variably timed sessions. Students in E-Learning courses are responsible for completion of all instructional activities and homework conducted in class or online. Online activities can include but are not limited to:  viewing and responding to web presentations, video clips, enhanced podcasts, recorded lectures, slide shows, self-guided projects, postings, texts, blog entries, virtual discussions, e-portfolios, progress reports, or assessments.


E-Learning environments can create a sense of anonymity that can invite inappropriate interactions. Netiquette (online communication etiquette), emoticons (representations of facial expressions) and acronyms are used to help students and faculty members communicate most effectively. Communications in the E-Learning environment are subject to the same rules and limitations as in-class interactions, and will be viewed accordingly per the Otis Code of Conduct.  Communications between students and faculty members should focus on course and related academic content, should be attended to regularly, and responded to within a reasonable timeframe.  Standard practice is within 48 hours of a message's Sent date and time. Faculty members are responsible for posting clear guidelines of when students can expect a response to communications.

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