• 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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Basic Training:
Learning the "basics" is all most people ever need. As a result it's also the longest session so if you sign up for this please make yourself available for three or more hours. Here a short list of items we will cover. The list is not complete because people usually ask questions about topics I didn't plan to include but often cover them anyway because it's useful information.

  • How to log in and navigate to your pages.
  • Content editor etiquette and Otis protocol.
  • How to effectively use the WYSIWYG editor and tool box.
  • Hyperlinks, which includes internal linking, external linking, and uploading and linking to documents.
  • Images, which includes how to prep and upload images and add them to the page.
  • Basic page creation including adding and removing pages from the menu.
  • Basic page layout techniques.

Faculty Bios, Courses, and Advanced Microsite:
Creating/editing faculty bios and courses is fairly straight forward but we cover some important image handling techniques that aren't covered in basic training.
Advanced Microsite training is grouped together with faculty bios and/or courses because typically the same person or people add and maintain faculty bios that also maintain the rest of the department's site. Since faculty bio and course training goes so quickly we should have no trouble covering at least two topics in one session, maybe even all three. If you do not plan on maintaining a Microsite, please indicate that in the comments section of the signup form. Here's what's covered in the advanced Microsite training.

  • What a Microsite is and why do we use them (the difference between a Microsite and any other area).
  • Adding/removing pages to the site.
  • Editing a Microsite menu.
  • How to feature content (Spotlights, Events, etc.) on a Microsite homepage.

Slideshows, Videos and Spotlights:
Creating slideshows and/or Spotlights requires some knowledge of working with images. If you have and know how to use Photoshop, in even in it's most basic usage, you have that part covered. If not, we'll investigate what tools you have at your disposal and go from there. Spotlights can feature a single image, a slideshow, a video, or possibly a combination of media types. Here's what's covered.

  • Preparing images for a slideshow, including thumbnail versions.
  • How to use your slideshow on your homepage or embed it on a basic page.
  • How to embed a video on your page. (Videos must first be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo)
  • How to create a Spotlight and feature it on your homepage and randomly in the right sidebar of your microsite and throughout the entire website..

Advanced Page Layout and Basic HTML:
In this session we will cover how create a page with some sort of layout. Typically all content added to a page will align itself to the left, this is not a bad thing but may or may not be suitable for all content. For example, you may wish to add content in a chart-like or spreadsheet-like layout. There are many ways to accomplish this on a web page, in this session we will cover the basic methods and try to avoid using raw HTML but you should be prepared to learn a few HTML basics. Here's what's covered.

  • Aligning text around images.
  • Using tables to create spreadsheet-like content.
  • Basic HTML tags to work around short-comings of WYSIWYG editors.
  • Touch upon responsive design basics, which has to do with designing you pages for view on mobile devices.
  • Discuss the concept of templates, which we can provide for you so that you don't have to work to hard at creating your own complex layouts.

Create Forms:
In this session we will learn to create Web Forms. These forms are useful as "Contact" forms when you don't want to advertise your email address or want to create an RSVP form for your even. Here's what's covered.

  • How to create the various form fields and make them mandatory or not as desired.
  • How to make custom drop-down menus, radio buttons, or check boxes to allow the user make a choice or select one or more items in a list.
  • How to assign the form to send submits an email address.
  • How to run reports from your form.

Calendar Events and Spotlights:
Creating Events and/or Spotlights requires some knowledge of working with images. If you have and know how to use Photoshop, in even in it's most basic usage, you have that part covered. If not, we'll investigate what tools you have at your disposal and go from there. Events and Spotlights can feature a single image, a slideshow, a video, or possibly a combination of media types. Here's what's covered.

  • How to create an Event and feature it on your homepage, in a Spotlight, and randomly in the right sidebar of your microsite and throughout the entire website.
  • How to create a Spotlight and feature it on your homepage, microsite or randomly in the right sidebar.
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