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Earth Day 2018: Exploring Otis College’s LEED Platinum Certified Campus

Otis College of Art and Design is a vibrant campus, full of colorful and creative artwork, but it’s also a very green college.

Otis College Goes Solar

Each year, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement on April 22, 1970, and provides a global context to reflect and take action to protect the future of the planet. As the college nears its centennial and considers what the next 100 years will bring, creating a sustainable environment for our community is vital to the college's continued success. A major action step towards this future has been completed with the installation of a solar power system, which will become active starting next week. 

Product Design Sophomore Jasmin Druffner Wins First Place Award at Spring Green Expo 2015 for “Garden on Wheels”

Jasmin Druffner, a sophomore in Product Design with a minor in Sustainability and founder and “Chief Leaf” of Otis’ Dirty Deeds Garden Club, won first place at the sixth annual ECO Innovators’ Showcase at Metropolitan Water District’s (MWD) Spring Green Expo 2015.  Each spring, the MWD invites Southern California college students to showcase their work, not only to help raise awareness regarding sustainability issues, but also to meet like minds, to develop experience talking about th

Founding Chair Rosemary Brantley on Sustainable Fashion

Rosemary Brantley
Founding Chair, Fashion Design
 
Brantley founded Otis Fashion Design, and has been teaching for 32 years. She has invited leading fashion designers such as Isabel Toledo, Francisco, Costa, Todd Oldham and Cynthia Rowley to act as mentors for design projects that are shown on the runway each May. Brantley, a graduate of Parsons School of Design, took a sabbatical and traveled to Ecuador and the Galapagos, where she continued her research about sustainable design.
 

Jody Rollins Launches Lifestyle Brand Yellow 108

Jody Rollins (’05 Fashion Design)
Yellow 108
 
Yellow 108 is a lifestyle brand that specializes in accessories made from salvaged and eco textiles. We design and manufacture hats, bags, scarves and sunglasses that are simple, fun and easy to wear every day.
 
Starting up

Creative Action 4th of July Parade

Creative Action participates in the 2014 Westchester 4th of July Parade. All the floats were handmade using sustainable materials. This is Otis' first entry into the annual parade.

 

Sustainable Fashion Design 2003-2010

Fashion Design Chair Rosemary Brantley discusses sustainable practices in fashion design with examples from studios, 2003-2010, led by mentors such as Yeolee, Hurley, and Todd Oldham.

Sustainable Toy Design in China

In 2004, toy company Hape hosted China's first UNESCO bamboo workshop. Hape's bamboo toys, the first collection of toys based on this natural resource, grew out of this UNESCO event. Since then, Hape and Founder/CEO Peter Handstein have offered an Annual Bamboo Workshop, inviting international design students to propose and create new ideas. The bamboo facility is in Zheijang, adjacent to their own renewable, sustainable, bamboo forest.

Headlines

  • Otis College 2020-2021 Admissions Viewbook
    Otis College Senior Khang Nguyen (’21 Communication Arts) Illustrates New Admissions Viewbook Poster
    October 12
  • Otis College Board of Trustees meeting with CAAM presentation
    Otis College’s Board of Trustees Commits to DEI Efforts at Virtual Retreat
    September 29
  • Otis College Fashion Design Senior Julia Choi
    Otis College Fashion Design Student Julia Choi Wins Prestigious Scholarship
    September 28

L.A.'s Premier Runway Show Celebrates Progressive Fashion Design, Opens Doors for Emerging Talent

Otis Scholarship Benefit Show 2012
Otis Halston Fit

Headlines

  • Otis College 2020-2021 Admissions Viewbook
    Otis College Senior Khang Nguyen (’21 Communication Arts) Illustrates New Admissions Viewbook Poster
    October 12
  • Otis College Board of Trustees meeting with CAAM presentation
    Otis College’s Board of Trustees Commits to DEI Efforts at Virtual Retreat
    September 29
  • Otis College Fashion Design Senior Julia Choi
    Otis College Fashion Design Student Julia Choi Wins Prestigious Scholarship
    September 28