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  • Learn about the Teacher Credentialing process with:

  • Communication Arts presents a lecture by type designer Raul Plancarte

  • Allison Peck 


    Tied Tides and Small Shifts 


    Opening: Thursday, April 17 from 7-10p
    Onview: April 14-19 from 10-6p
    Location: Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

  • Join us for the ultimate genre mash up as we drop the best hip hop and underground hiphop from all over as well as some of the freshest hard hitting electronic music out today. Presented by DJ Chewby (Pamela Torzan), DJ Snowden (Ryan Snowden) Daybid 1X (David Namkoong), and 90’s Kid (Danial Siddiqui) of the Otis Radio class.


  • Come enjoy the awesomeness of Soundtracks from Games, Movies and TV Shows with DJ Tea Time (Joshua Timmons), DJ SurgeMiester (Sergio Betancourt ) and DJ ForGrapeJelly (Steven Escarcega).


  • Fine Arts presents a lecture by painter Mary Weatherford. She received her BA from Princeton and MFA from Bard. Weatherford has shown at David Kordansky Gallery in L.A., LAxART in L.A., Brennan & Griffin in New York, and Debs & Co in New York.  In addition, her work is included in collections of MoMA, LACMA, Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, and OCMA.
    All are welcome
    Series organized by Photography Director Soo Kim
  • “Foregrounds” is a show exploring how we listen to sounds. It utilizes field recordings by blending songs and spoken word pieces with the soundscapes in which we listen to them – whether it be played along with Los Angeles traffic, the sound of a meal being prepared, or waves at the beach. Presented by DJ Derek (Corn), DJ Nasera (Alayon), DJ Max (Miles) of the Otis Radio class.



Budgeting Instructions & Policies

Developing a program budget is an important first step in planning a faculty-led program. Establishing a reasonable per student fee will assist with the recruitment and marketing. Please use the Otis Travel Study Budget Template to begin planning. This excel worksheet provides both general topics and specific line items that walk you through the budget planning process. This budget template MUST be used for all travel study programs. Travel Study Budget Template

Student Numbers and Exchange Rates

Your planning budget should be written for a set number of students. This should be a number that the program can both feasibly recruit and support abroad. The program budget must zero-out (all costs must be covered) using this number of students.

Expenses and Program Fee

When using a Program Provider, the ratio and price breakdown can vary. Remember, the Program Provider is your in-country support staff.

The preferred faculty to student ratio:

  • 6-15 students: 1 administering faculty
  • 16-20 students: 1-2 administering faculty

If your course is not working in collaboration with a Program Provider, the preferred student to faculty ratio is adjusted accordingly:

  • 6-9 students: 1-2 administering faculty
  • 10-20 students: 2-3 administering faculty

Additional faculty may at times participate but, at the Department's expense, and approval by the International Education Steering Committee.

The budget template is only a guide. You do not have to use or limit yourself to the items you see there - they are merely some typical program expenses. Be as specific as possible when listing additional expenses.

The program fee charged to each student participating on your program is based on the total number of expenses. To determine this, continue developing your budget by filling in all the expense items and prices in the "Expenses" section.

List all items the Program Provider will be responsible for providing, along with the total programmatic cost.

Once all of your costs are included, there will be a total at the bottom of the "Expenses" section, as well as a balance. The next step is to enter a program cost at the top under "Revenues" and adjust it so that it makes the balance at the bottom as close as possible to zero (make sure it is positive number). Round up your program fee to a multiple of $50. This figure will be the program fee!

Protecting Your Budget

It is not always easy to get reliable numbers in advance for faraway costs that you will incur in the future. It is advisable to budget a bit more than you expect to pay for some items, or to expect a worsening exchange rate.

Keep Costs Down

All costs associated with faculty-led programs are generated by student program fees, and hence are ultimately borne by students. Otis aspires to keep costs down to make these programs as affordable and accessible as possible to students. Less expensive choices are often more culturally appropriate. Getting a head start on your price research also helps. While this can require a bit more effort on your part, it will mean a lot to your students, many of whom have to take out loans to make these programs possible.

Notes On Line Items

Communication & Phones

You MUST have a working international cell phone for the duration of your program. You can obtain this by renting or borrowing one through your Program Provider or purchasing a phone abroad. Make sure you budget adequately for this.

Next Steps

Once you have drafted a preliminary budget, it is often a good idea to set up a meeting with CIE and your Department Chair to go over specific line items.