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Information Technology

Information Technology supports students, faculty, and staff with effective technology resources enabling flexible and integrated learning environments, providing appropriate teaching applications, and maintaining accessible and reliable information systems advancing the college’s mission.

Otis College educates a diverse community of students to become highly skilled, well-informed, and responsible professionals—empowering them to shape the world. Information Technology at Otis has three main areas of focus: End-User Computing, Administrative Computing Services, and Technology Infrastructure.

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Provide high quality customer service and support to our students, faculty, and staff through the core values of appreciation, humility, and patience to advance the college’s mission in teaching and learning.
To solve problems with new methods and at new capacities by proposing changes to existing practices by introducing new ideas, approaches, or products. In order to be partners in innovation at Otis, we expect continuous improvement to be embraced at the individual, team, and departmental levels serving both academic and administrative goals.
Responsive, considerate, and practical communication is at the core of providing effective service with innovation. We recognize the diverse channels to positive conversations and embrace discourse that leads to new ways of engaging with our community members.
To partner with the departments in the use of information technology to develop comprehensive and cost-effective solutions and services to advance the college’s mission.
We value staff who appreciate their roles within teams. IT staff endeavor to help co-workers complete tasks on-time with excellence and eagerly sharing credit understanding their role as an interdependent team members.
To provide honesty and truthfulness in all processes, transparency is crucial in the way that we work with members of the Otis community. We always hold ourselves to a high standard of customer-focused services and strive to continually improve.



Foundation Laptop Specification

Otis requires that incoming students own a laptop that meets the minimum system specifications for software used in the Foundation year. This requirement will help ensure that all students have access to the college’s digital resources at home or on campus. As collaboration is a foundation of our curriculum, owning a laptop will promote communication, investigation, and making, both within and outside of the classroom.

If a student has an intended major, please refer to the major department minimum specs below for guidance. We have selected these configurations to enable a broad range and a long useful life for your computer, so as long as your laptop meets the minimum specifications, you are welcome to customize your machine to suit your individual needs. Otis partners with hardware providers for additional discounts for students purchasing a new laptop at the links below. If you already own a laptop with comparable specs to the Otis minimum requirement, you may opt to use that instead. We strongly recommend a computer fewer than 5 years old.

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Discounted and Free Software

Otis students, staff and faculty are eligible to access free and trial versions of popular software titles from the following companies. Please note, software requests for instruction are coordinated through the department chairs, please contact them for more information.

Adobe Creative Cloud - ( Free for BFA/MFA students )

If you're a new student, your access will begin a week before the semester begins.

If you're graduating, you'll have access to your Otis academic license until two weeks after the semester ends. Be sure to export and save your projects to your own personal locations if they are stored in the Adobe Cloud.

If you are enrolled in classes for the Fall or Spring semesters, your access will be continued.

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Acrobat DC
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe XD
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Bridge
  • Adobe Lightroom Classic
  • Adobe Dimension
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Animate
  • Adobe Character Animator
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Media Encoder
  • Adobe InCopy
  • Adobe Prelude