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Letter from the President/Provost

Celebrate Otis This Spring!

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Industry Night at Otis College's O-Week ’22

Industry Night at O-Launch ’22

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Spring is a celebratory season at Otis College. While students finish classes and their final projects, the entire campus is preparing to showcase their achievements during O-Launch, a weekend of festivities across the College including Annual Exhibition, Fashion Show, and Commencement.

O-Launch kicks off on Friday, May 12 with an industry preview connecting graduating students with employers in Los Angeles followed by an opening reception to celebrate and experience the work of our graduates. The evening culminates in the Fashion Design department’s annual Fashion Show, presented in the Commons of our Goldsmith campus in West Los Angeles. 

On Saturday, May 13 the College will welcome students, families, and the general public to Annual Exhibition. This campus-wide event showcases the work of graduating students across the College’s BFA and MFA programs in Communication Arts (Illustration/Graphic Design), Digital Media (Animation/Game and Entertainment Design), Environmental Design, Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Product Design, and Toy Design. 

O-Launch concludes with Commencement on Sunday, May 14, when we will bestow honorary degrees on this​ year’s inspiring special guests: entertainment executive Miky Lee, who is the Vice Chairwoman of CJ Group, and architect Kulapat Yantrasast, the founder of WHY Architecture. (Be sure to read The Otis Interview with Lee in this issue of GRID.) The commencement ceremony will take place at El Camino College’s Marsee Auditorium and will be livestreamed on our Commencement website

Earlier in May, we will host the second annual Otis Atelier fundraiser. The event will honor celebrated fashion stylist and creative director Jason Bolden and includes a fashion show featuring select work by Otis Fashion Design seniors created under the direction of renowned professional mentors. All proceeds from the fundraiser directly support scholarships for first generation students. 

We look forward to seeing you at O-Launch! As this issue of GRID at Otis College illustrates, we have many exciting developments on the horizon. We’re grateful for our alumni and partners who are committed to advancing Otis, and we hope to celebrate the next generation of artists and designers with you! 


Charles Hirschhorn, President

Jiseon Lee Isbara, Provost