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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • 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.

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K-12 & Pre-College Policies

Refund Policy

Office of Registration and Records
310–665–6950

Full refunds of tuition and fees are granted if:

  1. A course is canceled by the Continuing Education Division.
  2. Course day or time is changed and the individual student cannot attend.
  3. A course is filled before receipt of your registration form. Refunds are not given to students who notify the College of their withdrawal after the second class meeting.

After you have registered for a course, and you do not attend the first or second meeting, it is your responsibility to notify the Registration Office at 310–665–6950 to request a partial refund.

If a student withdrawal or drop causes the course to be subsequently cancelled, the Withdrawal Refund Policy and not the Cancellation Refund Policy applies to that student. Registration and Student Insurance Fees are non-refundable. Tuition refunds are granted for official drop and withdrawal procedures based on the following:

No Refund

Registration, insurance, and lab fees are not refundable in the case of withdrawal or drop. Parking fees are not refundable after the first class meeting. Refunds are not available to student who do not attend class and who do not officially drop or withdraw from their course. Refer to Drop and Withdrawal section, below. Absolutely no refunds after the start of the second class meeting.

Full Tuition Refund (Insurance and Registration fees non-refundable)

100% refund of tuition, lab, parking, and certificate fees to students who notify the Registrar of their drop or withdrawal prior to the first class session. Insurance and registration fees are non-refundable

Partial Tuition Refund (fees non-refundable)

Partial refunds are given only to students who drop or withdraw before the start of the second class meeting and are pro-rated as follows:

  • Lab, insurance, parking and registration fees are non-refundable.
  • 10% of tuition is charged for each session to students who withdraw from a course that is scheduled to meet 11 or more sessions.
  • 15% of tuition is charged for each session to students who withdraw from a course that is scheduled to meet 6-10 sessions.
  • 30% of tuition is charged for each session to students who withdraw from a course that is scheduled to meet for 3-5 sessions.

No refunds are issued to students who withdraw after the first meeting of a course that is scheduled to meet one or two sessions. Please refer to the catalog course listing section for meeting times and number of class sessions.

Appeals

To appeal for a refund, which falls outside the policy outlined above, students must submit a written appeal to the Refund Committee. The appeal must outline specific reasons for the refund request.

Refund Processing

Once the information is received by the Office of Registration and Records, tuition refunds require a minimum of four weeks to process.

Drop Policy

Office of Registration and Records
310–665–6950

Students must officially drop a class through the Office of Registration and Records. Students who for any reason find it impossible to complete the course in which they are enrolled should inform the Office of Registration and Records in person or by telephone immediately. Students who drop a course before the start of the second class meeting are eligible for a partial tuition refund based on the refund policy.

Withdrawal Policy

Office of Registration and Records
310–665–6950

Students taking courses at certificate credit level:
After the drop deadline, a student may officially withdraw from a class by contacting the Office Registration and Records in writing. A grade of "W" is assigned. The grade of "W" has no effect upon the grade point average. Failure to complete a course does not constitute official withdrawal, nor does notifying the instructor. Students who do not meet the withdrawal requirements receive a failing grade.

Otis College of Art and Design reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to deny any person’s registration or enrollment in, or admittance to, any Continuing Education or Pre-College course.