• 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.


Travel Advance & Expenses

The Center for International Education & the Business Office will work with you to prepare the paperwork required to request your travel advance and review policies and procedures for managing the advance in more detail. Some common issues related to advances are outlined below.

What is a Travel Advance?

  • It is a temporary source of CASH- up to 75% of your out of pocket expenses used to support your travel program. At the end of the program, all spent funds are reconciled and posted to the program budget. Unspent funds are returned to Otis.


  • To pay for day-to-day expenses of your program while in the field
  • To be used ONLY in the field for program-related business when Otis is unable to process payments on your behalf via check, or credit card

Common usage of Field Advance

  • Taxi rides, bus tickets, tips, entrance fees, phone cards, and group meals.
  • Per diem (for you or your supporting staff)
  • Meal or Activity Stipend for students

General Rules and Criteria

  • The person requesting the advance must be a permanent Otis employee (program leader or support staff)
  • Keep all field advance cash funds physically separate from any other cash-on-hand, such as personal funds
  • All remaining balances must be returned to Otis within 45 days from the program end date

Procedure Overview


  1. Research which establishment(s) YOU will need to pay at the point of sale/service. In most cases all of your expenses can be covered by using a program provider.
  2. Finalize your program budget with the Center for International Education by Sept 15
  3. 30 days before departure:  Meet with the Center for International Education to finalize your Travel Advance amount. We will request a travel advance on your behalf prior to your departure.

During: Managing Your Advance

  1. Retain all your receipts (minus food per diem) and bank statements
  2. Maintain expenditure spreadsheet
  3. Update request for reimbursements (if any) while travelling to have ready upon return

Return: Reconciling Travel Advance

  1. Complete and submit Travel and Expense form to the Center for International Education within two weeks of your program return date.



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