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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Application Requirements for Transfer Students

To apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program, please submit these six items:

1. Online Application

2. $60 Application Fee This is a non-refundable fee. Pay over phone by credit card, or send a check or money order.

3. Portfolio 10-20 pieces. See portfolio guidelines.

4. One Page Essay Choose a work of art or design that you consider to be significant. Imagine that the work had never been made. How would the world be worse off (or better off) without it?

5. Transcripts Submit official transcripts showing all completed work to date: final high school transcripts with the graduation date, and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

International Transfer Students: Official transcripts from all high schools and universities/colleges attended. These records must clearly state the date of completion and the level of education received. All transcripts must be official copies. If your transcripts are not in English, please submit an official translation by a notary public or recognized evaluation service, and submit both the translated records and the original documents.

6. Test scores Standardized test scores are not required.

International Transfer Students: If you live in a country where English is not the official language, you should take one of the three tests recognized by Otis: the TOEFL; the IELTS; or the Pearson Test of English (SAT/ACT scores not required). For minimum scores, please refer to the International Student section on page 6. However, if you are in high school and live in country where English is the official language, please submit either the SAT or ACT scores.

Send all 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).

Otis Admissions Counselors are happy to review your work with you in person. To schedule an appointment, please 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 required materials.


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