• 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.


Students in the Classroom

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Here we have collected resources to assist faculty specifically in areas involving student concerns and/or needs:

  • Classroom Management
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Financial Literacy
  • Social Media + FERPA
  • Student Counseling Services
  • Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC)
  • Student Disabilities Services

More information on these topics is available in the "Guide To An Effective Otis College Classroom" ePortfolio.

Classroom Management

(Resources provided by: The Office of Student Affairs)

The classroom environment continues to change as our students change. There is an increasing faculty need for resources and support in understanding how to identify and triage at-risk student behavior in the classroom. The following resources will support your learning about how to manage crisis in the classroom.

In an emergency contact 911 and Otis Campus Security at 310-665-6965 (24 hrs a day).

Financial Literacy

(Resources provided by: The Office of Financial Aid)

The following articles and resources will assist you in learning about and integrating financial literacy components into the classroom.  All Otis student have access to the SALT program and it is recommend, where applicable, to integrate SALT modules and videos into your curriculum.

SALT Curriculum (PDF)


(Resources provided by: The Office of Student Affairs)

Video: 'Ask Me': What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors to Know

By Julia Schmalz 
Transgender and gender-nonbinary students share what keeps them from feeling safe and thriving on campus.

Social Media + FERPA

(Resources provided by: The Office of Student Affairs)

FERPA is one of the most misunderstood regulations in education. It is commonly assumed that FERPA requires all student coursework to be kept private at all times, and thus prevents the use of social media in the classroom, but this is wrong. Simply stated, FERPA requires schools to maintain control over certain student records. These records include medical information, social security numbers, and grades.” (Faculty Focus)  
FERPA does not prevent faculty from assigning students to create public content as part of their course requirements. Faculty who want to incorporate social media into their classrooms should be mindful of the following (adapted from Faculty Focus): 
  • When students are assigned to post information to public social media platforms outside of the College’s LMS, they should be informed that their material may be viewed by others. 
  • Students should not be required to release personal information on a public site. 
  • Faculty comments or grades on student material should not be made public. 
  • While not clearly required by law, students under the age of 18 should get their parent’s consent to post public work.

Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services are available to support Otis students. Services are free and confidential.

Please make an appointment through the Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC), Ahmanson Hall, room 107.

COUNSELING OFFICE: Ahmanson Hall, room B05B (Lower Level) 

HOURS: Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm (closed for lunch,12pm-1pm) 


  • Individual counseling
  • Couples / conjoint counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Consultation
  • Referrals to external mental health providers for longer-term therapy
  • Substance Abuse screening and counseling 
  • Psychological testing as part of the initial evaluation process, and to track progress during treatment
  • Outreach programming / education events to promote wellness in the Otis community

Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC)

SHWC provides services for all currently enrolled students, even if they do not have the Otis College student health insurance. 

LOCATION: Ahmanson Hall, room 107

HOURS: Monday -Friday, 9am-4pm (closed for lunch, 1pm-2pm)


  • Treatment for acute illnesses and injuries
  • General preventive care, i.e. physical exams, gynecological care.
  • Travel physicals and immunizations
  • STI Screening (Sexually Transmitted Illnesses)
  • Reproductive health concerns 
  • Vaccinations and allergy shots
  • Laboratory services
  • Referrals to specialty providers or higher level of care, as needed

Student Disabilities Services

All students seeking disability accommodations in the classroom need to contact Dr. Carol Branch at 310-846-2554 or e-mail


- featuring eight CSU Fullerton students with disabilities who share their experiences in the college classroom. They tell their stories by answering five questions:
  1. What is your disability?
  2. What made you decide to come to college?
  3. What is it like in the classroom?
  4. What do you have to do to keep up with the class?
  5. What suggestions can you offer to faculty that will make their classroom more accessible?


It is amazing to realize what we can do as faculty to support student learning.




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