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Academic Advising

                                       ADVISING AT OTIS COLLEGE

Central Academic, Studio, and Minor Advising in addition to Academic Mentoring all fall within the Advising umbrella at Otis College of Art and Design and are available to students every year. Through core programs and centralized advising students have access to pointed advising around individual pathways such as minors, choice of CA/IL courses, LAS electives and course makeup opportunities throughout their undergraduate studies. 

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Central Academic Advising Office

The Central Academic Advising Office at Otis College of Art and Design offers a diverse range of services to meet the advising needs of students. They offer Liberal Arts and Sciences advising and serve as anchors in navigating your first course at Otis College to your senior thesis show and graduation. Together with your department advisor they ensure you are on track to graduate and fulfilling your academic goals.

Academic Advisors help with all circumstances impacting:

  • Guidance in course selection
  • Schedule planning
  • Make-up courses
  • Course substitutions
  • Change of major/emphasis
  • Leave of absence/withdrawal
  • Transfer credits
  • Travel study
  • Degree completion

For more information regarding degree requirements students should review their Degree Works file. ​Degree Works is an online tool that allows students and Academic Advisors to review students’ progress towards degree completion and identify the most efficient route to graduation. This web-based tool provides students with an overview of the program requirements they have already satisfied and the requirements they have left to complete. Students are also encouraged to look over The Hoot for information regarding add/drop deadlines, graduation requirements, academic policies, and so much more. 

Academic Advisors

Director of Academic Advising, Dr. Jeanne Herman, and Otis College Academic Advisor Ricardo Estrada are available in the One-Stop in Ahmanson Hall (2nd Floor) to assist you in planning your schedule and preparing for Registration each semester.



Drop-In Hours


11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm


Current students may request appointments through the online Insight appointment scheduling software.  

Schedule an appointment

Contact Information


Phone: (310) 665-6999

Major Advisors

Department (or Major) advisors support your transition into the major and provide individual guidance in program of study-specific course selection, scheduling, and graduation checks as needed prior to registration each semester. To learn about advising within the Foundation (first-year) Program or your department, visit or contact the department office.

*Advising for A.C.T., Interdisciplinary Studies, and Creative Action: Integrated Learning is offered by those offices, in addition to major advising.