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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Pre-Arrival Information

Complete the International Student Verification Form

Upon acceptance into Otis you will be mailed an International Student Verification Form. In order to be issued an I-20 (for issuance of the F-1 Student Visa) the following materials will need to be mailed to Admissions

  • Statement of Intention to Register
  • Non-transfer seeking students need to complete A, B and D of the International Verification Form. Students transferring in need to complete, along with their previous school’s DSO, complete parts C1 & C2 of the form as well.
  • Signature of Sponsor on Part A, Section 2.
  • Passport copy of your identification page
  • An official bank statement verifying specified funds

 

Applying for an F-1 Visa

For students applying from outside the U.S.

  • Contact your local US Consulate or Embassy to inquire about the visa procedures for your country. A list of Consulates and embassies can be found at http://usEmbassy.state.gov
  • Upon receipt of your Form I-20, make an appointment for a visa interview as instructed by the US Embassy or Consulate.
  • Complete the required visa application forms.
  • Pay the visa application fee as described by your local US Embassy or Consulate.
  • Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee. If you are applying for initial attendance at Otis College, to change your status or filing for reinstatement, you must pay the $200 SEVIS processing fee. This fee must be paid such that your payment is processed no later than three business days in advance of your visa interview appointment. You can submit this form and pay this fee electronically at www.fmjfee.com with a credit card.

Canadian citizens do not need a visa, but simply present the I-20, SEVIS fee receipt, financial documentation, and proof of admission to Otis College to the immigration officer at the U.S. port of entry. A passport may be required depending on your method of travel. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State's travel pages.

 

Prepare and Bring the Following to your Visa Interview
  • A passport valid for at least six months
  • SEVIS Fee Receipt
  • Form I-20 (sign the form under Item 11)
  • Otis College admission letter
  • Application Packet: Bring all original documents. Be sure to include:

            Proof of secondary education completion or equivalent

  • Completed visa application forms
  • Two photographs in the prescribed format. www.travel.state.gov/passport/pptphotos/index.html
  • A receipt for the visa application fee
  • A receipt for the SEVIS fee
  • Financial evidence that shows you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses for the first year of your studies.  This evidence may be your personal funds or funds given to you by a sponsor or family members.
  • Any supplemental information that proves you intend to return to your home country upon finishing your educational program in the US. This may include proof of property, family, or other ties to your community.

 

SEVIS Transfer Students

If you are changing schools within the U.S. and transferring your SEVIS record to Otis, there are visa and travel policies unique to your situation. 

  • To receive your updated I-20 from Otis and to transfer your SEVIS record, your previous school’s DSO must complete section C2 of the International Verification Form

 

  • You can travel with your current F-1 visa and Otis I-20, even if the visa has your previous school's name on it, as long as the visa is not expired and you are not outside the U.S. more than five months between academic programs.
  • You can use your Otis "transfer pending" I-20 to enter the U.S. once without a travel signature before the start date, even earlier than 30 days before the I-20 start date. The 30-day rule is only for travel with "initial" I-20s, not "transfer pending" I-20s. However, if you wish to travel outside the U.S. after your initial entry on your Otis "transfer pending" I-20, you will need a travel signature from a DSO.

 

Students Seeking Change of Status

Any nonimmigrant visa holder (except those holding C, D, K, or M visa status, or visa waiver status) can apply for a change of status to F-1 if s/he has maintained lawful non-immigrant status up to the time of application. A person in J status may apply for a change of status within the US only if not subject to the 2-year home residency requirement. Otis cannot assist those wishing to change from B-1/B-2/F-2 into F-1 status. Students seeking changes of status cannot study until USCIS approves the change of status request.

 

Health Insurance

All Otis students are required to have Health Insurance. Please click here for more information.

 

Secure Housing

Student Housing in the beautiful Playa Del Oro Apartments invites you to immerse yourself in a living and learning environment that will not only empower you to grow and develop within a diverse community of artists, but also assist you in realizing your full potential and making lifelong friendships along the way! With a staff of highly trained upperclassman Resident Assistants, and under the supervision of the Coordinator of Residence Life and Housing, Student Housing provides an abundance of events and services that bring you together with other students within in a community that both honors human diversity and values artistic identity..

 

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