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Choosing Your Major

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Foundation Forward is comprised of three opportunities during the Foundation year for students to gather information and meet key people before selecting a Major to join for their remaining three years of study. Students are offered Fall Meet-Ups that are informal group meetings with Department Chairs where introductions to the departments are made and where questions can be asked, a Foundation Forward nest course that provides comprehensive information on all the majors and minors offered, and a Foundation Forward week of Information Sessions that provide opportunities for Foundation students to meet with Department Chairs, faculty, current students, and alumnx.

After Thanksgiving break, Foundation students are invited to login to the Foundation Forward Nest course. This self-guided course features eight major, minor, and areas of emphasis units that will help prepare Foundation students to declare their Major and for a smooth transition to your sophomore year at Otis College of Art and Design. Through the informational units, Foundation students will gain knowledge to make an informed decision when declaring a Major in February. Students will also be able to explore opportunities to connect with Foundation Forward Ambassadors, who are current students in each department at Otis in addition to Department Chairs and Faculty. 

Students declare their Major in February.  Students may also pursue a Minor by entering one of the Majors and taking a number of elective courses outside the Major.
 

Foundation Forward Fall Meet-Ups

Foundation students are invited to attend the Foundation Forward 2022 Fall Meet-Ups in October! The Meet-Ups are designed with your future at Otis College in mind so you can learn more about the Majors and Minors offered to you! These meetings will be held remotely and in-person (depending on the department) 

Toy Design 
Monday, October 3, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. (PST)  —7th floor Ahmanson and Zoom 
Recorded Zoom meeting can be seen here. 

Digital Media
Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. (PST)  — Zoom
Recorded Zoom meeting can be seen here. 

Fashion Design
Monday, October 10, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. (PST)  — Zoom
Recorded Zoom meeting can be seen here.

Graphic Design
Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. (PST)  — Zoom 
Recorded Zoom meeting can be seen here.

Fine Art
Monday, October 17, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. (PST)  — Zoom

Illustration
Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. (PST)  — Zoom
Recorded Zoom meeting can be seen here.

Interdisciplinary Studies (Minors) & the Artists Community Teaching
Monday, October 24, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. (PST)  — Ahmanson room 604 and Zoom
Recorded Zoom meeting can be seen here

Environmental Design
Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. (PST)  — Zoom
Recorded Zoom meeting can be seen here. 

Product Design
Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. (PST)  — Zoom
Recorded Zoom meeting can be seen here.