Events
  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Though Shila Khatami’s paintings make use of pop cultural references—sometimes the titles quote Blondie or Cyndi Lauper lyrics—her works are ultimately about the tradition and material possibilities of painting. As the base for these works, Khatami uses readymade or manufactured objects found in common hardware stores, such as smooth sheets of aluminum, fiberboards, pegboards, and phonic isolation foam. Her painting process includes a wide range of non-traditional tools, like rubber bands and masking tape, and methods such as rolling, dripping, and scoring.

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Patrick Jackson studied at San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the University of Southern California (MFA). In May 2017, Patrick Jackson will have a solo exhibition at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco.

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Admissions FAQ

Answers to frequenty asked questions can be found here or you can contact admissions@otis.edu or (310) 665-6820.

Undergraduate FAQs

Applying

Q: How do I request a viewbook?

A: To request a viewbook, complete this form and we’ll mail one to you.

Q: How do I get feedback on my portfolio? Does Otis College participate in Portfolio Day?

A: You can schedule an appointment in our office to meet with an admissions counselor and discuss your portfolio. To schedule, call the Admissions office at 310.665.6820. National Portfolio Day events take place during the fall in cities throughout North America. The College will attend many of the events on the 2016-17 schedule. Portfolio Day is the perfect place to meet admissions counselors from art schools across the country and get recommendations on building your portfolio. To view a list of National Portfolio Day events Otis College will be attending, click here.

Q: Are SAT/ACTs required?

A: While SAT/ACTs test scores are not required for admission, we encourage students to submit them with the rest of their application materials. If you are an international student you will be required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE or an SAT/ACT test score to evaluate your proficiency in English.

Q: Are there specific classes I need to take in high school in order to be accepted?

A: Otis College does not require specific courses to be fulfilled to gain admission. However, all students are required to meet the requirements for high school graduation before enrolling at the College.

Q: Which of my AP classes will you accept for credit?

A: We award credit for AP History, Math and Science if a score of 3 or higher is received. In addition, we also award credit for AP English and Art History if a score of 4 or higher is received. If you meet these score requirements, you will receive exemption from the appropriate Liberal Arts and Sciences course.

Q: Do you require letters of recommendation?

A: Letters of recommendation are not required with your application, but you have the option to submit them with your application materials. If you would like to submit a letter of recommendation, please send a sealed copy to us or have the mentor/teacher email us directly at admissions@otis.edu.

Q: Do you accept the Common App?

A: Otis College has its own online application customized for applicants applying to art school, which can be accessed from www.otis.edu/apply-now.

Q: Can I send you a physical portfolio?

A: All portfolios will be reviewed digitally on SlideRoom and can be uploaded at otis.slideroom.com. Because we aren’t viewing your work in person, it is helpful for us if you use the description boxes to let us know important things about your work like the size, medium, and any critical information about understanding the content of the piece.

Q: Where do I send my supplemental items?

A: Official transcripts and test scores should be sent in sealed envelopes to Otis College of Art and Design, Attn: Admissions, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. If your school is sending them via email directly to us, they should send to admissions@otis.edu. The portfolio and essay should be submitted through SlideRoom.

Q: I received a GED instead of a High School Diploma. What do I need to submit in terms of transcripts?

A: If earned a GED instead of a diploma, you’ll need to submit an official copy of your GED score, as well as official High School transcripts for any schools you may have attended.

Q: I have a low TOEFL score that does not meet your minimum requirement. What can be done in order to attend school in fall?

A: Starting fall 2016, we are offering a new Foundation Pathway program for students who have obtained TOEFL, IELTS or Pearsons exam scores that fall below our minimum requirements, but who showcase outstanding artistic and academic excellence. During the first year of study, Pathway students pursue the regular BFA Foundation curriculum alongside special, rigorous English language courses. If you are interested in this program, submit the online application for the foundation program at www.otis.edu/apply-now to be considered for Foundation Pathway.

Q: If I’m unable to attend, can I defer my application for next year?

A: Admitted students are permitted to defer their acceptance for up to one year. To defer your acceptance, email admissions@otis.edu and state the term that you would like to defer your application to.

Q: Can you double major?

A: Students at Otis College have a variety of ways to tailor their curriculum to their individual interests through their chosen major. While we don’t have double-majors, we have minors and areas of emphasis which allow for a customized educational experience in a range of disciplines.

Transferring

Q: What classes do you require for transfer students?

A: We evaluate each transfer applicant individually to see how the coursework they’ve completed aligns with the curriculum of the program they are applying for. Since we admit students to the foundation year, we don’t require that you’ve completed specific coursework or even studio art courses in order to be admitted. If you are seeking advanced placement in the sophomore year or higher, you should have completed a mixture of general education credits as well as studio art classes that align with the program you are seeking to enter. You will also need a portfolio of work that demonstrates you have the skills required to enter the level you are seeking. Students interested in transferring can have their transcripts evaluated by a counselor at admissions@otis.edu.

Q: Are there certain programs that don’t accept junior level transfer students?

A: At this point in time we do not accept transfer students higher than the sophomore level for the Toy or Fashion Program.

Q: What opportunities for travel do I have as an Otis College student? Does the College have semester-long exchange programs with other schools?

A: Otis College offers a robust travel study program where students can sign-up for classes where part of the course is taught abroad and takes place during the semester. Find out more information on the Travel Study page at www.otis.edu/travel-study-programs. The Exchange Program provides students with the opportunity to study for one semester at a participating art college, a few of which are located abroad in Canada, France, Israel and Netherlands. A list of colleges is available on our website at www.otis.edu/travel-study-programs/exchange-mobility-0.

Financial

Q: What is the deadline to be considered for scholarship? Is a separate application required to be considered?

A: While there isn’t a specific deadline to be considered for merit scholarships, funds are limited so we recommend that you submit your application for admission by the Priority Deadline of February 15th. U.S. Citizens and permanent residents that would like to be considered for financial aid will also need to submit the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov using school code 001251.

Q: Can I attend Otis College part-time?

A: You have to be enrolled as a full-time student in order to receive any merit-based scholarships or financial aid. This would mean maintaining a schedule of at least 12 credits.

Q: What opportunities for internships and jobs do students have?

At Otis College, we have both work-study positions in the school as well as opportunities for our students to participate in internships. We have an annual intern fair where we invite companies from a variety of creative professions to meet our students and discuss internship opportunities. 80 % of our internships are paid positions and many of our students have found that internships can lead to permanent positions after graduation.

Housing

Q: Is there on-campus housing at Otis College?

A: Yes! We will be opening a new on-campus dormitory for fall 2016. The new dorm will feature 2 bedroom apartments, study lounges, dining hall, a new student union and much more. For more information, check out our housing page at www.otis.edu/housing-residence-life/housing-details.

Q: Do you need a car?

A: No, the College has a number of ways of supporting students to access the city of Los Angeles as well as the local Westside neighborhoods. This includes everything from public transportation and short-term car rentals. Also, the campus has comprehensive amenities such as a dining hall and art store, with grocery stores and eateries in easy walking distance to campus.

Graduate FAQs

Q: Why can’t I find the option to apply for fall on the application for the MFA Graphic Design program?

A: The MFA Graphic Design program is summer entry only.

Q: The MFA Graphic Design program is described as a limited-residency program. Can I complete the degree online, from a distance and/or without moving to Los Angeles?

A: The program is two years and two months in total and composed of three consecutive full-time summers (completed on-site) with two part-time spring semesters (that can be completed on or off-site). Incoming students begin the program at the start of each summer session. International Students can expect to attend the program full-time throughout in order to maintain student visa requirements.

Q: Does Otis College offer housing for graduate students?

A: Yes, graduate students attending full-time can apply for on-campus student housing. More information is available on the Residence Life page at www.otis.edu/housing-residence-life.

Q: How do graduate students fund their education?

A: Otis graduate students typically fund their education through a combination of scholarship, financial aid, student loans and part-time work. Graduate departments award scholarships based on merit. These scholarships vary in amount and graduate scholarships do not provide full funding. The College offers on-campus work for pre-approved students. These positions vary and include: teaching assistantships, researching assistantships, tutoring, as well as assisting departments with office work, tours and special events.

Q: How can I learn more about the graduate programs? Does Otis College offer tours for prospective graduate students?

A: The admissions office provides daily one-on-one counseling for student interested in the graduate programs. Please contact the office to schedule an appointment. Otis Admissions also offers a regularly scheduled Graduate Info Session. At this event you can meet with Graduate Admissions staff and find out more about our graduate programs. Please know that our graduate programs occupy three different locations on the west side of Los Angeles. Graduate Fine Arts is located in Culver City, Graduate Public Practice is located in Santa Monica and Graduate Graphic Design and Writing are located on our main campus in Westchester. However, the main campus offers facilities, workshops and resources shared by all programs. To find out when the next scheduled info session will take place or to schedule a tour, please contact gradadmissions@otis.edu or call the Admissions office at 310.665.6820.

Q: Can I take just one or two classes from the graduate curriculum?

A: If you are interested in taking a few classes and not earning a degree, please take a look at the courses offered through our Continuing Education program.

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