• Design Fair

    Jul 09| Special Event

    The annual Design Week for the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis College of Art and Design will launch with a Design Fair on July 9, 2017, from 12-6pm. Held on the college's newly renovated campus, the fair will feature lectures by visiting international designers from 12-1:45pm followed by the book fair from 2-6pm. 

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event

    Sitting in Sound is a guided meditation led by artist Jesse Fleming, and an immersive sound experience performed by Los Angeles-based musical duo Electric Sound Bath (ESB).

  • Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.
    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • 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. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition

    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

  • 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.


E-Learning Policies

Training + Support

Before faculty can teach an E-Learning course:

  1. Complete Bricks + Clicks: The How-Tos of E-Learning
  2. Receive Chair Approval
  3. Complete the E-Learning Course Research Proposal (if first time teaching an E-Learning course)

View complete process for teaching an e-learning course.


E-Learning Syllabi Template

A syllabus template has been built with all required eLearning information for you along with pages and module boxes to assist faculty.

In an effort to better serve students and support you in developing your eLearning course, we ask that ALL eLearning faculty make sure to use this template with these caveats:

  • You can of course customize the ePortfolio design to suit your tastes though please keep ADA compliance in mind. Color text on a color background is VERY difficult to read.
  • You may already have a course ePortfolio that you are using. Just make sure the content is up to date with the information in this template.
  • You may also need to include information to this syllabus required by your department or program. Please feel free to add in additional pages or sections as needed.


Log Into O-Space

Go to “Bricks & Clicks Alumni Community”

Select the ePortfolios Tab

Select Gray Button:

 Create E-Portfolio From Template button

E-Learning Syllabi Policies

The following policies should be included in all E-Learning Syllabi. 


During the online portion of this course, your weekly completion of online course activities, not including homework, constitutes your attendance for that week. Failure to complete required course activities by the stated deadline constitutes an absence. Late completion of coursework does not remove an absence. 

Attendance is critical to learning and academic success; students are therefore expected to attend all class meetings. Students who incur more than two absences in a course that meets once per week, or more than four absences in a course that meets twice per week, will fail the course, barring exceptional circumstances as determined by the Chair. Exceptional circumstances include, but are not limited to: death in the family, serious medical conditions, hospitalization, observance of religious holidays, and some approved disability accommodations. Students wishing to claim exceptional circumstances must provide the Chair with appropriate documentation. At the Chair's discretion, numerous absences due to exceptional circumstances may necessitate course withdrawal or failure. Three tardies (including arriving late or leaving early) equal one absence.


One credit hour is awarded for 3 hours’ coursework, completed either as instructional activity (conducted face-to-face or online, and constituting attendance in E-Learning settings) or as homework (assigned to be performed outside of class). E-Learning courses meet for a total of 3 our 6 hours per week for 15 weeks in variably timed sessions. Students in E-Learning courses are responsible for completion of all instructional activities and homework conducted in class or online. Online activities can include but are not limited to:  viewing and responding to web presentations, video clips, enhanced podcasts, recorded lectures, slide shows, self-guided projects, postings, texts, blog entries, virtual discussions, e-portfolios, progress reports, or assessments.


E-Learning environments can create a sense of anonymity that can invite inappropriate interactions. Netiquette (online communication etiquette), emoticons (representations of facial expressions) and acronyms are used to help students and faculty members communicate most effectively. Communications in the E-Learning environment are subject to the same rules and limitations as in-class interactions, and will be viewed accordingly per the Otis Code of Conduct.  Communications between students and faculty members should focus on course and related academic content, should be attended to regularly, and responded to within a reasonable timeframe.  Standard practice is within 48 hours of a message's Sent date and time. Faculty members are responsible for posting clear guidelines of when students can expect a response to communications.

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