Events
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

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

     

  • 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.

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

     

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Application Requirements for College Graduates

 

To apply for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA), please submit:

  1. Online Application
     
  2. Résumé
     
  3. Statement Please describe how you are hoping to advance your work through graduate study at Otis.
     
  4. Transcripts Official transcripts from the college or university where your earned your Bachelor's degree and official transcripts from any school or college where you studied after earning your Bachelor's degree. This includes community colleges, language institutes, study abroad, etc. International students must submit official foreign language transcripts as well as certified translations.
     
  5. Portfolio
     
    Graduate Fine Arts
     
    Graduate Graphic Design
     
    Graduate Public Practice
     
    15 to 20 images  Upload with details for each image to slideroom.com (this link will be sent to you after you have submitted the online portion of the application). You may also include an index with the name of each piece, approximate dimensions, medium, date, and the file type (e.g., jpeg, tiff, gif, mov, mpg).
     
    Graduate Writing
     
    Applicants should submit a 15-20 page sample of poetry, non-fiction, or fiction.
     
  6. Test scores International students, except for Graduate Writing applicants, must submit an English language score. Otis accepts TOEFL, iELTS, and Pearson's Test of English. The minimum score accepted for the computer based TOEFL exam is 250, a score of 100 for the iBT internet-based exam or a score of 600 for the paper based exam. Institutional TOEFL scores are not accepted. The minimum score for the iELTS is a 7.5 overall band score. The minimum score for the Pearson Test of English is a 72.
     
  7. Three letters of recommendation (optional)
 

Send materials to:
Otis College of Art and Design
ATTN: Admissions
9045 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Label all application materials clearly with your name and another ID
(date of birth or address).

Admissions Counselors are also happy to review your work with you in person.

Contact us at (310) 665–6820 or admissions@otis.edu

 

Applicants are usually notified of the Admissions Committee decision within three weeks of receipt of all materials.


Visa Requirements

International Students for admission who require an F-1 student visa must submit the following:

  1. A Verification form will be mailed in the acceptance packet. Students must complete the forms, including a permanent foreign address and a sponsor signature from the parent, sponsor or agency guaranteeing the student's financial resources. Students currently studying within the US will need to get documentation of their status from their current school and have their SEVIS record released to Otis.
  2. A copy of the current passport photo page and the current I-20, I-94 and visa (if applicable).
  3. A bank statement or other documentation from the parent's or sponsor's bank, or sponsoring organization, certifying that sufficient funds (approximately $54,000 USD) for support of the student's education and living expenses are available.
Communication must be in English or accompanied by certified English translation, and funds should be in U.S. dollars. Address these letters to Otis Admissions Office. When all required documents are received, an I-20 will be issued for the student. The student may take this document to U.S. Embassy or Consulate to obtain an F-1 Student Visa.

 

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