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Advising at Otis College

Central Academic, Studio, and Minor Advising all fall within the Advising umbrella at Otis College of Art and Design and are available to students every year.Through core programs and centralized advising students have access to pointed advising around individual pathways such as minors, choice of CA/IL courses, LAS electives and course makeup opportunities throughout their undergraduate studies.

Central Academic Advising Office

The Central Academic Advising Office at Otis College of Art and Design offers a diverse range of services to meet the advising needs of students. They offer Liberal Arts and Sciences advising and serve as anchors in navigating your first course at Otis College to your senior thesis show and graduation.Together with your departmentadvisor theyensure you are on track to graduate and fulfilling your academic goals.

Academic Advisors help with all circumstances impacting:

  • Guidance in course selection
  • Schedule planning
  • Make-up courses
  • Leave of absence/withdrawal
  • Travel study
  • Degree completion

For more information regarding degree requirements, students should review their Degree Works file.​Degree Worksis an online tool that allows students and Academic Advisors to review students’ progress towards degree completion and identify the most efficient route to graduation. This web-based tool provides students with an overview of the program requirements they have already satisfied and the requirements they have left to complete. Students are also encouraged to look over The Hoot for information regarding add/drop deadlines, graduation requirements, academic policies, and so much more.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising is available for Drop-In Hours to assist you in planning your schedule and preparing for Registration each semester.

Monday – Friday 10AM-12PM PST ZOOM Meeting ID: 882 763 1873

When you join, please ask for your advisor:
Ricardo Estrada — Foundation
Briana Murrell — Sophomore
Michelle Andrade — Junior
Zac Henderson — Senior

Office locations on Campus in Fall 2023

Michelle Andrade, Academic Building, Room 155, (424) 207-3739
Ricardo Estrada, Ahmanson Building, Room 204A, (424) 207-3759
Zac Henderson, Ahmanson Building, Room 204, (310) 846-2550
Dr. Briana Murrell, Ahmanson Building, AHMN 607B, (424) 207-3750


Current students may also request one-on-one appointments with their advisor through the online Insight appointment scheduling software

Contact Information


Major Department Contacts

Department (or Major) chairs and faculty support your transition into the major and provide individual guidance in program of study-specific course selection, scheduling, and graduation checks as needed prior to registration each semester.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation
Ron Bernard
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Environmental Design
Linda Pollari
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design
Mitra Rajabi (Sophomores)
Jill Zeleznik (Junior and Seniors)
Appointments only:Byron LiCausi
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts
Meg Cranston
Alex Slade
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Design
Joffery Black
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Kali Nikitas
Hazel Mandujano
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration
Kali Nikitas
Hazel Mandujano
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Product Design
Steve McAdam
Jonathan Fidler
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Toy Design
Joyce Mesch
Creative Action: Integrated Learning *
Richard Shelton
Foundation Program
Moira Connelly
Major declaration or academic progress
TeaYoun Kim-Kassor
Interdisciplinary Studies(Minors)*
Michele Jaquis
Liberal Arts and Science

Environmental Design students
Kerri Steinberg

Comm Arts students
Maggie Light

Digital Media students
David Bremer

Fashion Design students
Roberta Panzanelli

Fine Arts students
JoAnn Staten

Product Design students
Roberta Panzanelli

Toy Design students

Foundation students
JoAnn Staten
or Kerri Steinberg

Master of Fine Arts in Fine Arts
Meg Cranston
Kathrin Burmester
Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Kali Nikitas
Hazel Mandujano

*Advising for A.C.T., Interdisciplinary Studies, and Creative Action: Integrated Learning is offered by those offices, in addition to major advising.