Events
  • 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.

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Admitted Students

Otis College campus

 

Newly admitted students can find a list of next steps below to enroll at Otis College. 

Undergraduate Student Enrollment Guide

Step 1: Secure your Spot at Otis College!

You’re in! Now secure your spot in the incoming class by paying the $250 nonrefundable tuition deposit at www.otis.edu/deposit.

It is recommended that you secure your spot by May 1 for the fall or December 15 for the spring to ensure sufficient time to enroll by the start of the semester.

Step 2: Financial Aid – Apply and Accept Awards

Admitted students who want to be considered for need-based financial aid, should apply by submitting the FAFSA. Once you have applied and been awarded, you can view your financial aid and accept your awards on Self-Service from the Financial Aid tab. Visit the Financial Aid page for more information. Self-Service is a custom portal which allows you to view and accept your financial aid, pay your tuition bill and see your course registration. You can log on to Self-Service using your Otis ID number and pin, which was provided to you when you were admitted.

Step 3: Apply for On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing in our brand-new residence hall is available for students beginning their studies in the fall. To apply for housing, you will need to submit the $150 application fee at www.otis.edu/deposit. You will then be directed to complete the housing application at housing.otis.edu starting in March.  For more information on our residence hall and meal plans, visit the housing and board page.

Step 4: Student Health Insurance Waiver Process

You are automatically enrolled in the College's health insurance plan and responsible for the health insurance fee. If you already have health insurance that meets specific requirements, you can waive the College's plan by completing an online waiver. Please find waiver requirements and instructions here.

Step 5: Make your Tuition Payments

From Self-Service, view your Tuition Statement to see your bill, which is due by June 15th for the fall and December 15th for the spring. After logging in to the secure area in Self-Service, select the "Student Records" tab, then click "Tuition Statement" and "Select a Term." This statement calculates tuition and fees, and subtracts financial aid or payments you have made to tell you how much you owe, or if you are owed a refund. To view payment options and more info, visit the Student Accounts page. You will automatically be billed for Student Health Insurance and can waive it by completing the waiver process under Step 4. You will not be permitted to register for classes until your tuition has been paid.

Step 6: Take the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA)

Incoming students must take the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) through an online platform called Examity. The WPA can be waived if a student has a prior Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution where English was the language of instruction or has received either a score of 590 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test or 22 on the ACT. Find out more about the WPA here.

You will receive your log in credentials for Examity by email. The WPA is a one-hour timed essay designed to assess your English reading and writing proficiency. The assessment is used to place you in the level-appropriate English course. In addition to the online version, the WPA will also be offered on campus on select Fridays (June 2, June 16, July 7, July 21, August 4) from 10-11:30am (check-in at 9:45am). You can register for one of these dates at wpa-on-campus.youcanbook.meYou can take the WPA before you have paid tuition, but you will not be able to register for classes until you have taken the WPA.

Step 7: Obtain Your I-20 and F-1 Visa (International Students Only)

All international students who require an F-1 visa must submit an International Student Verification Form and provide a bank statement documenting sufficient liquid assets of $64,660 in order to be issued the I-20.  This documentation should be submitted via email to Admissions at admissions@otis.edu. Upon check-in to the College at International Student Orientation, you will need to provide a copy of your visa and signed I-20. All international students are required to check-in and attend the International Student Orientation during Orientation week. 

Step 8: Clear your Registration Holds

Before being officially registered in your classes, you will need to clear two holds in Self-Service. We require a local contact number in case of emergency. To enter your emergency number, log in to Self-Service and navigate to the “Personal Information” tab.

In addition, prior to being registered for classes, you will need to electronically sign the Enrollment Agreement. Also in Self-Service, navigate to the “Student Records” tab to read through and sign the agreement.

Step 9: Submit your Student Immunization Form

All new incoming students are required to complete a TB screen and provide documentation of vaccination or immunity to certain infectious diseases before August 21, 2017. Please find forms and submission instructions here.

Step 10: Course Registration

For Fall 2017, students admitted to Foundation will be contacted about setting up an advising session before being registered for classes once they have paid the tuition balance and taken the WPA starting mid-June. An email will be sent in the summer regarding this process for students that are deposited and cleared of all holds.

Upper Division transfer students will be placed in required classes by our Academic Advising office starting in July. Once you are registered, you will receive an email from the Registration office with your schedule with instructions on how to make schedule changes (if necessary) and add electives (if applicable). Academic Advising Coordinator, Carrie Malcom can assist you with questions about your Liberal Arts and Sciences classes. Your department studio advisor can assist you with questions about studio requirements and electives.

Step 11: Submit Final Official Transcripts

All students are required to submit final, official transcripts or graduation certificates/diplomas from all institutions attended confirming graduation to the Admissions office. In addition, any transfer students who received Special Conditions Letters must sign and return the letter to Admissions.

 

Orientation

Orientation week be held from August 20-26, 2017. International Student Orientation will be held in advance of Orientation week on August 18, 2017. More details to come in the summer.

Defer or Cancel Admission

Admitted students can request a deferral of admission for up to one year. To request to defer, please complete the Request to Defer form. Admissions may request additional information including a new portfolio or updated transcripts. You can also use this form to cancel your admission if you will not be attending the College.

Graduate Student Enrollment Guide

Step 1: Secure your Spot at Otis College!

You’re in! Now secure your spot in the incoming class by paying the $250 nonrefundable tuition deposit at www.otis.edu/deposit.

It is recommended that you secure your spot by the date listed on your acceptance letter to ensure sufficient time to enroll by the start of the semester.

Step 2: Financial Aid – Apply and Accept Awards

Admitted students who want to be considered for need-based financial aid, should apply by submitting the FAFSA. Once you have applied and been awarded, you can view your financial aid and accept your awards on Self-Service from the Financial Aid tab. Visit the Financial Aid page for more information.

Step 3: Apply for On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing in our brand-new residence hall is available for graduate students beginning their studies in the fall. To apply for housing, you will need to submit the $150 application fee at www.otis.edu/deposit. You will then be directed to complete the housing application at housing.otis.edu starting in March.  For more information on our residence hall and meal plans, visit the housing and board page.

Step 4: Student Health Insurance Waiver Process

You are automatically enrolled in the College's health insurance plan and responsible for the health insurance fee. If you already have health insurance that meets specific requirements, you can waive the College's plan by completing an online waiver. Please find waiver requirements and instructions here.

Step 5: Make your Tuition Payments

From Self-Service, view your Tuition Statement to see your bill, which is due by December 15th for the spring, May 15th for the summer (Graphic Design only) and June 15th for the fall. After logging in to the secure area in Self-Service, select the "Student Records" tab, then click "Tuition Statement" and "Select a Term." This statement calculates tuition and fees, and subtracts financial aid or payments you have made to tell you how much you owe, or if you are owed a refund. To view payment options and more info, visit the Student Accounts page. You will automatically be billed for Student Health Insurance unless you waive it following the instructions in step 4. You will not be permitted to register for classes until your tuition has been paid.

Step 6: Obtain Your I-20 and F-1 Visa (International Students Only)

All international students who require an F-1 visa must submit an International Student Verification Form and provide a bank statement documenting sufficient liquid of $64,660 in order to be issued the I-20. This documentation is submitted via email to Admissions at admissions@otis.edu. Upon check-in to the College at International Student Orientation, you will need to provide a copy of your visa and signed I-20. All international students are required to check-in and attend the International Student Orientation during Orientation week. 

Step 7:  Clear your Registration Holds

Before being officially registered in your classes, you will need to clear two holds in Self-Service. We require a local contact number in case of emergency. To enter your emergency number, log in to Self-Service and navigate to the “Personal Information” tab.

In addition, prior to being registered for classes, you will need to electronically sign the Enrollment Agreement. Also in Self-Service, navigate to the “Student Records” tab to read through and sign the agreement.

Step 8:  Submit your Student Immunization Form

All new incoming students are required to complete a TB screen and provide documentation of vaccination or immunity to certain infectious diseases before August 21, 2017. Please find forms and submission instructions here.

Step 9: Course Registration and Orientation

Registration steps and Orientation dates for the summer and fall will be announced soon.

Step 10: Submit Final Official Transcripts

All students are required to submit final, official transcripts confirming an undergraduate degree to the Admissions office.

Important Dates

Summer 2017 MFA Graphic Design

Tuition Due Date - May 15, 2017

Orientation - June 7, 2017

Start of Classes - June 12, 2017

 

Fall 2017

Deadline to Deposit - May 1, 2017

Tuition Due Date - June 15, 2017

International Student Orientation and Housing Move-in - August 18, 2017

New Student Housing Move-in - August 19, 2017

Start of Fall Undergradaute Orienation - August 20, 2017

Start of Classes - August 28, 2017

Department Directory

ADMISSIONS

9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

(310) 665-6820 | (800) 527-OTIS (6847)

Fax (310) 665-6821

admissions@otis.edu

 

CAREER SERVICES

(424) 207-2490

careerservices@otis.edu

 

 

DISABILITY SERVICES

(310) 846-2554

cbranch@otis.edu

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Alia Saeed

International and Veteran Advisor PDSO/SCO

(310) 665-6800

asaeed@otis.edu

 

ONE STOP (FINANCIAL AID/REGISTRATION AND RECORDS/STUDENT ACCOUNTS)

(310) 665-6999

onestop@otis.edu

 

RESIDENCE LIFE AND HOUSING

(310) 846-2648

studenthousing@otis.edu

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

(310) 846-2595

studentactivities@otis.edu

 

STUDENT AFFAIRS

(310) 665-6960

student@otis.edu

 

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICES

(310) 665-6968

 

STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER

(310) 846 5738

studenthealth@otis.edu

 

TITLE IX

(310) 846-2554

cbranch@otis.edu

Log-In to Self Service

Otis Self Service is an online account where students can view their financial aid awards/missing documentation, and accept or decline financial aid awards. You can also pay your tuition and review registration information from Self Service. 
To log in, go to www.otis.edu/selfservice and sign in with your X number. Your log in information was provided by Admissions at the time of your acceptance.

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