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Last day of fall semester classes.
Have a great break!
Spring semester classes begin on Jan 13, 2014.
All locations are closed for the winter holiday from December 19 - January 1. Administrative offices open on Jan. 2. Classes begin on January 13.
Sign up for Continuing Education courses with the early bird discount at the Spring 2014 Open House. Classes begin Feb 1.
Tour the campus, meet instructors, attend workshops from 1-3 pm.
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Spring semester classes begin today and end on May 6
No classes in obervance of Martin Luther King Holiday
Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books is a group exhibition featuring approximately 120 works from OTIS Millard Sheets Library’s Special Collection of 2,100 artists books dating from the 1960s to the present. The Otis Artists’ Book Collection is one of the largest in Southern California.
Opening Reception for Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books.
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The purpose of the Campus Expansion Plan is to assess and provide a planning framework for the College's immediate and long-range space needs that is sufficiently flexible to accommodate continual change.
Otis has enjoyed steady growth for more than a decade, leading to a vibrant educational experience for our students but also serious constraints on our physical environment. As the College looks to the future—which will include a centennial celebration in 2018!—a strategy for meeting immediate and long-range space needs is a necessity. The College has therefore embarked on a process that will result in an Expansion Plan for the Goldsmith campus and other facilities.
The architecture firms of Ehrlich Architects and Frederick Fisher and Partners will jointly develop a Campus Expansion Plan for Otis College of Art and Design, and will perform this work as one integrated project team. The plan will provide a holistic overview and thorough analysis of how Otis' physical environment supports and enables the pedagogical vision of the College. The plan will examine the existing Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus and other College facilities and will identify optimal development strategies.
A Campus Expansion Planning Steering Committee, including two Trustees, the President, Vice President—Administative and Financial Services, Vice President—Institutional Advancement, Vice Provost, and Vice President—Enrollment Management, along with all Senior Team/Division and Department/Area leaders, will work closely with the Planning team in this process. Campus community input from interested faculty, staff, and students will also be welcomed and sought via survey and a Campus Expansion Plan Blog forum (see link, above).
The Campus Expansion process includes four overlapping and related steps:
- Facilities Data Collection and Review
- Functional Program Development
- Carrying Capacity Analysis
- Master Plan Options
Facilities Data Collection and Review
The Campus Expansion Planning team will review available documentation, suggest additional technical input if necessary and develop the background material necessary for the planning effort. This critical step will familiarize the planning team with the present conditions and usage of the campus and its facilities. The plan will provide an overview of existing facilities including academic space, administrative space, student services space, recreation space and/or facilities support space.
An important aspect of this phase of the work will be to map the present space usage patterns for all existing facilities and an associated assessment of the quality of these spaces for the purposes being used.
Functional Program Development
Through both discussions with the Planning Steering Committee, survey instruments, and a series of on-campus workshops the planning team will develop a list of required or desired program elements and provide quantitative and qualitative analysis about current and future space needs.
Nine on-campus workshops involved the following affinity groups:
- Graduate Programs
- Undergraduate Programs I—Fashion Design, Product Design, Toy Design
- Undergraduate Programs II—Architecture/Landscapes/Interiors, Communication Arts, Digital Media, Fine Arts
- Undergraduate Core—Continuing Education, Foundation, Integrated Learning, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Academic Support Services—Academic Computing, Gallery, Library, Technical Support Services
- Enrollment Management—Admissions, Financial Aid, Registration and Records, Student Affairs
- Senior Team—Administrative and Financial Services, Human Resources and Development, Enrollment Management, Institutional Advancement, President, Provost's Office
- Administrative Support Services—Business Office, Communications, Facilities and Operations, Information Systems, Purchasing and Student Accounts
- Campus Life—Faculty, Staff, and Student leaders, Public Presence, and Student Success (focused on campus needs such as exterior spaces, auditorium, food services, student housing, lounge spaces, etc.).
Affinity group workshop 2.
Affinity group workshop 7.
Topics aaddressed in the workshops included:
- Existing space use
- Shared and dedicated spaces: advantages and limitations
- Adjacency requirements
- Priority setting
In addition to the direct input from the Planning Steering Committee and the affinity group workshops, other formats for stakeholder contribution to the planning process will include:
- An online Needs Inventory Survey to be filled out by College Division and Department leaders
- An online Campus Community Survey
- A Campus Expansion Plan Blog forum (see link, above) allowing for free-flowing participation by all interested campus community members
Carrying Capacity Analysis
As a first step in proposing facilities additions to the Otis campus, the Planning Team will consider the legal, technical, and functional total capacity of the Goldsmith campus site. Major parameters will include:
- Site Zoning and connections to the community
- Transportation/Parking and connections to the community
- Landscape and recreation, building massing and floor-area ratios (FAR)
- Sustainable opportunities
Three general options for the development of the Goldsmith campus will be developed. These options will vary based on the information generated in the previous planning work, potential functional programs for new facilities, cost, and logistics. Options might include:
- Maximum build-out, academic and administrative facilities only
- Maximum build-out, including student housing
- Budget constrained, sub-maximum build-out
A plenary or large group on-campus event will introduce specific options to all interested Faculty, Staff, and Students.
Following presentation and discussion of the Campus Expansion Plan Options, at the direction of the Planning Steering Committee, the planning team will develop the preferred option in greater detail. Often the final optimal direction is a hybrid of the various options previously shown. A confirming cost estimate will be developed for the Plan option.