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Foundation Forward is an initiative for first-year (Foundation) students to explore and review academic programs available at Otis College, before declaring a major for their remaining three years of study. This initiative is composed of the Foundation Forward Nest Course and the Foundation Forward Information Sessions. 

The Foundation Forward Nest Course is a self-guided, online experience for students to receive comprehensive information about all majors and minors offered to them. The Nest Course also serves to connect students with campus resources, such as Academic Advising and Career Services

The Foundation Forward Information Sessions are in-person experiences to meet with and learn about the majors and minors offered by the respective department chairs, faculty, alumnx, and ambassadors (student representatives). 

Students are encouraged to engage in both the Foundation Forward Nest Course and the Foundation Forward Information Sessions prior to the Declaration of Major process in mid-November. Upon declaring their major (and/or minor), students will also complete Spring semester course registration. This ensures a smooth transition into a student's sophomore year when registration and enrollment for their major- and/or minor-related upper-division courses begin.  

Foundation Forward Mixer

  • Monday,  October 2 - 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. - in The Forum
  • The Foundation Forward Mixer kicks off October’s Foundation Forward activities.  It’s an opportunity to playfully meet some upper-division students in the majors through speed-geeking sessions.  You’ll hear first-hand about their experiences and hopes for the future in the majors they chose. Please meet in the Forum for this event.

Foundation Forward Information Sessions 2023

  • Graphic Design
    Wednesday, October 4 - 11:10 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. 
     Ahmanson Building, rooms 610/611
  • Illustration
    Thursday, October 5 - 11:10 A.M – 12:00 P.M. 
    Ahmanson Building, rooms 610/611
  • Game and Entertainment Design
    Tuesday, October 10 - 11:10 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
    Ahmanson Building, room 408 (Franklin Gallery)
  • Animation
    Thursday, October 12 - 11:10 A.M – 12:00 P.M. 
    Ahmanson Building, room 408 (Franklin Gallery)
  • Product Design
    Wednesday, October 18 - 11:10 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. 
    Mei-Lee Ney Building, room 107
  • Fashion Design
    Thursday, October 19 - 11:10 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. 
    Anne Cole Building, 4th Floor Fashion Theatre
  • Toy Design
    Wednesday, October 25 - 11:10 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. 
    Ahmanson Building, room 706 (Toy Gallery) 
  • Fine Arts
    Thursday, October 26 - 11:10 A.M – 12:00 P.M. 
    Galef Building, room 209
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (Minors)
    Wednesday, November 1 - 11:10 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. 
    Ahmanson Building, room 612
  • Internships and On-Campus Jobs with Career Services
    Thursday, November 2 - 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. 
    The Forum