• Sandra Lim

    Mar 29| Lectures

    Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness, winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Glück. Her work is also included in the anthologies Gurlesque, The Racial Imaginary, and Among Margins: An Anthology on Aesthetics. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute.

  • Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • A quintessentially Los Angeles artist, Larry Johnson has worked for over 4 decades investigating the inherent contradictions between the shiny surfaces and underlying cynical logics of American culture. His works reference the languages of animation (especially the fantasy worlds of Walt Disney), graphic and commercial design, and advertising.

  • A limited number of tickets are available to FUN HOME, an emotionally charged and poignant family drama, inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, in which she explores her coming out and the suicide of her domineering father Bruce. Sign up in the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Life Center Room 150E.

  • Transfer Day

    Apr 01| Admissions

    At Transfer Day, prospective transfer students are invited to take a tour of campus, have their questions answered in a one-on-one appointment, and learn how to make a smooth transition to Otis College. If you are considering transferring into one of our programs, please join us on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12-3pm. 


  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.


Program Selection Criteria

Program Selection Criteria

The International Steering Committee and the Center for International Education looks for well-designed and complete program proposals. ISEC takes into account the ability of faculty facilitating the course to move their students safely and deftly through the Travel Study experience. We seek to be transparent about our selection criteria and have listed below some features of a strong proposal. In addition to this, it is encouraged that you meet with the Center for International Education to discuss your proposal in the early draft phase. Given advanced notice, the CIE can look over a draft of your proposal with you to hone and troubleshoot.

Through the proposal process, we seek to create a diverse selection of program offerings from a wide range of disciplines. We try to balance the number of new and recurring programs while also making sure that the end set of programs cover a wide variety of topics and regions.

Strong proposals are thoroughly completed and include:

  • Clearly and thoroughly laid-out academic goals that are tied to and enhanced by the site location(s).
  • The use of a Program Provider or Third Party entity.
  • Program activities and field trips that take advantage of the program location and compliment the academic goals of the curriculum.
  • An assessment of the risks involved in and associated with Travel Study, and the specific program.
  • A detailed program budget that covers the estimated costs of the program and maps thoroughly to the program itinerary; solidly identified housing, classroom spaces and field trips.
  • Unique and specific opportunities not available elsewhere in the world.
  • A clear relationship to the sponsoring department. The program directors have a connection to department, the program aims fit with departmental goals/priorities, and the coursework has been vetted and approved.
  • A thorough and comprehensive pre-departure orientation plan.


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