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    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.


On-Campus Employment


Your F-1 student status permits you to work on the campus of the school that issued your current I-20. You must successfully complete one semester with 12 units to before you are eligible to work on campus. While working on campus you are required to maintain your status (except for approved exceptions) and be in good academic standing.  Employment must be on the Otis campus or official Offsite Location

Time Period

F-1 Students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week on campus during the fall and spring semester.

F-1 Students may work more than 20 hours per week on campus during school vacations (summer break, spring break and fall break).


Expiration of On-Campus Employment Eligibility

Your on-campus employment eligibility ends:

  • When you graduate.
  • If you transfer to another College; your work authorization expires on the day of your SEVIS record release date.
  • If you violate your F-1 status.
Obtaining On Campus Employment

Contact the Center for Creative Careers for available job opportunities on campus.

  1. Complete the Student Employment Work Agreement (SEWA) and obtain a Letter of Employment from your hiring supervisor
  2. Submit the SEWA form and Letter of Employment to the Center for Creative Professions (CCP).  Employment start date cannot be more than 30 days in the future. The Employment Letter must be dated within the last 30 days.
  3. Obtain the Social Security Letter from the Center for Creative Professions Office. Only the Designated School Official at OTIS can write this letter after receipt of the SEWA form and Letter. It certifies that the student is enrolled full time and holds a valid F-1 status
  4. Bring the following documents to the Social Security Office:
  • Original I-20
  • Passport with printed I-94 and Visa
  • Employment Letter from Employer (F-1)
  • Original Social Security Letter from Center for Creative Professions
  • Form SS-5 (Social Security Number Application)
  1. Once a social security number has been issued, On-Campus Employees should bring the following documents to the Center for Creative Professions to complete payroll signup forms.
  • SEWA form
  • Completed I-9
  • SSN Card
  • Original passport with U.S. visa