• Lecture presented by Kata McNamara. From contemporary art museums to independent project spaces to college art galleries, Otis College Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Kate McNamara, will discuss her dedicated engagement with alternative and not-for-profit art spaces and the vital role these kinds of institutions play in today’s contemporary art world.

  • Open Studios

    Jun 23| Special Event

    Open Studios: L.A. Summer Residency

    The artists and designers of the first-ever L.A. Summer Residency invite you to their open studio event! The public can join family and friends as they tour the studios and view all of the incredible work produced during the past three weeks. A closing reception will follow from 4-5:30pm.

    The L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles.

  • Closing Reception

    Jun 23| Special Event

    Closing Reception: L.A. Summer Residency


    The L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles.

    More information about the L.A. Summer Residency Program.


    Join us for the closing reception of Otis College’s first residency. 

    Friday, June 23, 2017  

    The Forum | 4:00 PM

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event

    L: Nora Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • 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. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011


Budgeting Instructions

Budgeting Instructions & Policies

Developing a program budget is an important first step in planning a faculty-led program. Establishing a reasonable per student fee will assist with the recruitment and marketing. Please use the Otis Travel Study Budget Template to begin planning. This excel worksheet provides both general topics and specific line items that walk you through the budget planning process. This budget template MUST be used for all travel study programs. Travel Study Budget Template

Student Numbers and Exchange Rates

Your planning budget should be written for a set number of students. This should be a number that the program can both feasibly recruit and support abroad. The program budget must zero-out (all costs must be covered) using this number of students.

Expenses and Program Fee

When using a Program Provider, the ratio and price breakdown can vary. Remember, the Program Provider is your in-country support staff.

The preferred faculty to student ratio:

  • 6-15 students: 1 administering faculty
  • 16-20 students: 1-2 administering faculty

If your course is not working in collaboration with a Program Provider, the preferred student to faculty ratio is adjusted accordingly:

  • 6-9 students: 1-2 administering faculty
  • 10-20 students: 2-3 administering faculty

Additional faculty may at times participate but, at the Department's expense, and approval by the International Education Steering Committee.

The budget template is only a guide. You do not have to use or limit yourself to the items you see there - they are merely some typical program expenses. Be as specific as possible when listing additional expenses.

The program fee charged to each student participating on your program is based on the total number of expenses. To determine this, continue developing your budget by filling in all the expense items and prices in the "Expenses" section.

List all items the Program Provider will be responsible for providing, along with the total programmatic cost.

Once all of your costs are included, there will be a total at the bottom of the "Expenses" section, as well as a balance. The next step is to enter a program cost at the top under "Revenues" and adjust it so that it makes the balance at the bottom as close as possible to zero (make sure it is positive number). Round up your program fee to a multiple of $50. This figure will be the program fee!

Protecting Your Budget

It is not always easy to get reliable numbers in advance for faraway costs that you will incur in the future. It is advisable to budget a bit more than you expect to pay for some items, or to expect a worsening exchange rate.

Keep Costs Down

All costs associated with faculty-led programs are generated by student program fees, and hence are ultimately borne by students. Otis aspires to keep costs down to make these programs as affordable and accessible as possible to students. Less expensive choices are often more culturally appropriate. Getting a head start on your price research also helps. While this can require a bit more effort on your part, it will mean a lot to your students, many of whom have to take out loans to make these programs possible.

Notes On Line Items

Communication & Phones

You MUST have a working international cell phone for the duration of your program. You can obtain this by renting or borrowing one through your Program Provider or purchasing a phone abroad. Make sure you budget adequately for this.

Next Steps

Once you have drafted a preliminary budget, it is often a good idea to set up a meeting with CIE and your Department Chair to go over specific line items.

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