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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Spring Registration

Spring 2016 Registration Process

To register without any problems, follow each and every step in sequence!

Step 1: Advisement
  • See your Major Department Advisor to be advised and to receive your Alternate Pin number for Online Registration.
  • See Academic Advising Coordinator Carrie Malcom (Room 206, AHMN) for questions regarding your Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Courses.
  • For more information about Academic Advising, please click here.
Step 2: Financial Aid
  • To view your Financial Aid Award, go to www.otis.edu/selfservice and select the Financial Aid Tab.
    Click on "Award" then "Award by Aid Year", select "Current Aid Year" then submit.
  • To view your financial aid requirements and holds, select the Financial Aid Tab . Click on  "Eligibility" to view student requirements and Financial Aid Holds.
  • For questions regarding Financial Aid, contact the Financial Aid Office at otisaid@otis.edu.
Step 3: Check Holds
  • Select Student Records Tab and click, View Holds
  • Contact the appropriate department to have your holds removed.
  • All Holds on your account must be removed BEFORE you can register Online.
  • Please view the Student Hold Guide for more information on your holds.
  • NOTE: To remove your "Enrollment Agreement" hold, see step 5.

**Fall balances must at $0.00 BEFORE registering for Spring 2016**

Step 4: Emergency Contact
  • Go to Self Service, login and select the Personal Information Tab, click Emergency Notification Phone Number, this must be done every semester to remove your "EN Hold" for the semester.  Click on Update Emergency Contacts, enter the requested information, then submit. 
  • You are required to enter at least one emergency contact person, but may enter more than one.

Step 5: Enrollment Agreement

Available November 6, 2015

  • All students MUST sign the Otis Enrollment Agreement online.
  • Select  the Student Records Tab.
  • Click "Sign your Enrollment Agreement"  then click  "Select a Term".
  •  Here you will electronically sign your Spring 2016 Otis Enrollment Agreement by entering your student ID number.
  • Once you have successfully signed your Enrollment Agreement, your Enrollment Agreement hold is automatically removed.

Step 6: Payment Deadline

December 15, 2015

To check your Tuition Balance in Otis Self Service

  • Select the Student Records Tab, to view your Spring 2016 Tuition Statement.
  • To make a payment: Click the Student Records Tab, select the "Student Account/Payments/Charges/History" option and "Make Payment" link to pay by Electronic Check (no fee) or Credit Card (2.75% fee). 
  • To enroll in an Installment Payment Plan: Click on the Student Records Tab, select "Student Account/Payments/Charges/History" and click on the link to enroll in the Spring 2016 payment plan (not available for International Students).
  • Payments by phone are not accepted.
  • Payments must be finalized by December 15th or students may be dropped from their classes.

If you have any questions please contact the Student Accounts Office: (310) 846-5736 or StudentAccounts@otis.edu


Step 7: Online Registration

November 16th through December 15th
Monday - Friday: 5 am to 10 pm

  • Students not familiar with online registration should start with the Online Registration Tutorial.
  • Students register according to their designated Registration Start Date.   
  • To register online go to Self Service, Login and select the Registration Tab.
  • Click on Select Term (use drop down menu) and Submit, then select Add / Drop courses, and enter the Alternate Pin you received from your Department Advisor.
  • Students enrolling over 18 credits will incur additional per unit charges.
  • Students who do not register Online by December 15th will have to Late Register ONLINE beginning, January 5th and will be Automatically charged a $275 Late Registration Fee.

Any schedule changes (ADD/DROP) after December 15, 2015 can be done ONLINE starting January 5, 2016.

Once you have registered, check your schedule carefully and PRINT (Concise Student Schedule) a copy to confirm your 2016Spring registration.

Classes begin on Monday, January 19, 2016.

Full-Time Status
  • Undergraduate students must be registered for 12 credits to be considered as a "Full Time" student.
  • Graduate students must be registered for 9 credits to be considered as a "Full Time" student.
  • Failure to register as a Full-Time student can jeopardize your Financial Aids/Grants, Scholarships and Loans.
  • Students who register for more than 18 credits will be charged the "per credit charge' for each over 18 credits.
Important Note:

If, after your best efforts, there are extenuating circumstances that prevent you from registering before the registration deadline please contact Laura Kiralla, Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Student Affairs: student@otis.edu or (310) 665-6960, well before the deadline to discuss your situation.