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  • Open Studios

    Jun 23| Special Event
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    Open Studios: L.A. Summer Residency

    The artists and designers of the first-ever L.A. Summer Residency invite you to their open studio event! The public can join family and friends as they tour the studios and view all of the incredible work produced during the past three weeks. A closing reception will follow from 4-5:30pm.

    The L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles.

  • Closing Reception

    Jun 23| Special Event
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    Closing Reception: L.A. Summer Residency

     

    The L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles.

    More information about the L.A. Summer Residency Program.

     

    Join us for the closing reception of Otis College’s first residency. 

    Friday, June 23, 2017  

    The Forum | 4:00 PM

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
     
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    L: Nora Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • 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

  • 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.

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Faculty Leader FAQs

How long is a Travel Study Course?

What gets taken into consideration by the International Education Steering Committee (ISEC) when choosing a program and a faculty member to lead a Travel Study course?

What are obstacles that prevent students from participating on Travel Study courses?

What are questions I should ask myself when considering if a Travel Study program will be successful?

When do Travel Study Courses take place?

What is the faculty to student ratio?

Who approves my application proposal?

How long is the planning process for a Travel Study course?

Am I on my own to plan my course?

What if I cannot find a program provider to help facilitate my course abroad?

What are my responsibilities before leaving?

What are my responsibilities while I am on Travel Study Course?

What are my responsibilities post-Travel Study Course?

Is financial aid available to students for Travel Study programming?

What do I get for all of the above?


 

How long is a Travel Study course?
These programs typically last between one to eight weeks, and are credit-bearing international experiences that include activities, organized excursions, and cultural encounters.

 

What is considered by the International Education Steering Committee (ISEC) when choosing a program and a faculty member to lead a Travel Study course?
The Committee looks for well-designed and complete program proposals. ISEC takes into account the ability of faculty facilitating the course to move their students safely and deftly through the Travel Study experience.

 

What are obstacles that prevent students from participating on Travel Abroad courses?
It is imperative that a study abroad course promotes inclusivity. Some reasons for non-participation include but are not limited to: Financial Reasons, Family Obligations, Work Obligations, Fear of Travelling/the Unknown, Proper Courses are not Offered for Credit, and Illness(es) or Disability(ies).

 

What are questions to ask when considering if a Travel Study program will be successful?

  • Does the program fill a curricular need for your department?
  • Is there an existing Otis program that already meets these needs?
  • Does the program offer something unique that cannot be accomplished on campus, like an opportunity to be immersed in a unique or different culture?
  • What is the specific reason that this program should take place in the specified location?
  • Does the time of year when the program is planned appeal to students? Is the length of the program appropriate for the academic content?
  • Are seasonal costs, airfare, lodging, food, etc. higher or lower during the time this program will be offered?
  • Is the political/economic situation stable in the country of destination?
  • Is there enough student interest to ensure that the minimum enrollment requirements are meet?

 

When do Travel Study Courses take place?
Travel Study Courses (TSC) typically occur during Spring Break after Spring Semester ends, and after Fall Semester ends.

 

What is the faculty to student ratio?
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, may participate.

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

 

Who approves my application proposal?
Prior to submitting your proposal to the Center for International Education you must obtain approval from your Department Chair. Once you have obtained this signature, the International Education Steering Committee will review your proposal.

 

How long is the planning process for a Travel Study course?
From start to finish, it generally takes 12-18 months to plan, apply and get approved for a course

 

Am I on my own to plan my Travel Study course?
No. The approved program provider and Center for International Education will help you plan.

 

What if I cannot find a program provider to help facilitate my Travel Study course?
In the event a program provider cannot be located to help provide support, you will need to locate a local ground operator or partnering institution that can assist with the program logistics and facilitation of your course, acting as a Third Party Provider.  In this event you will need to complete and submit a Provider Request Form with your Travel Study Proposal.

 

What are my responsibilities before leaving?
RECRUIT! The faculty drives the marketing, promotion, and enrollment for the class. Darren Grosch, Director of International Education, will be available to assist you with marketing and working with the program provider.

Additionally you will be expected to:

  • Participate in Travel Study Faculty Workshop
  • Read the Leader Guide & Safety Guide
  • Facilitate at least two in-country Otis’ Travel Study Orientations with students
  • Communicate with your students prior to departure.
  • Complete and update all required pre-departure materials such as first 72 hours, Itinerary, and risk-management plans. 

 

What are my responsibilities while I am on a Travel Study Course?
The roles and responsibilities of the Trip Leader extend way beyond the traditional classroom and/or academic advising setting with which you are familiar and experienced and in which boundaries are clearly defined between faculty and students. Travel Study, by definition, is a 24/7 involvement for participants and the Trip Leader alike. This means that you will handle non-classroom issues and situations which differ significantly from the demands and challenges of the classroom environment. In your position as Trip Leader, daily interactions, and close living quarters will acquaint you with student life and culture outside the classroom. You will need to establish appropriate boundaries between you and the students while you are Trip Leader of a study abroad program.

Additionally you will be expected to:

  • Maintain a Travel Study Log
  • Oversee an in-country orientation
  • Hold regular meetings with students throughout the program, including the facilitation of a Mid-Course Reflection and Transference.
  • Provide space for End-of-Course-Feedback
  • Oversee the in-country program academics
  • Maintain regular contact with Otis CIE Director
  • Serve as liaison between the host institution and/or program provider and CIE
  • Facilitate cross-cultural learning opportunities for students
  • Manage cash advance funds
  • Take lots of pictures/video! 

 

What are my responsibilities post-Travel Study Course?

  • Submit Trip Folder/Travel Study Course Log
  • Submit Course Debrief
  • Submit receipts for cash advance funds to Business Office (if applicable)
  • Exit Interview with CIE Director
  • Present your Travel Study Experience to Otis Faculty and Students

 

Is financial Aid available to students for Travel Study programming?
Students may use their Fall/Spring financial aid award to participate in travel study if they have not used it during the regular semesters.

 

What do I get for all of the above?
An amazing opportunity to enhance lives! 

 

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