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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.


Book Ordering: FAQ



All required course books are purchased online AFTER you have registered.

All readers must be purchased through University Readers (http://www.universityreaders.com).

How do I know if I need a course reader or textbook?
What is a course reader?
How do I order required textbooks?
How do I order required course readers?
Why are there two different websites for ordering?
How do I return an item or request a refund?
Can I have my book delivered to Otis?
Can I sell my book once the semester is over?
Why don’t we have a campus bookstore?
I need more help...


How do I know if I need a course reader or textbook?
All of your required course books are purchased online AFTER you have registered. You will need to check the Estimated Price Lists to get information regarding required materials for your classes. You can also look at University Readers to find out if your class requires a course reader.

What is a course reader?
Course readers or course packs are custom-published packs compiled by your professor with materials that are relevant to the course. Course packs allow professors to include up-to-date articles and readings and are customized for each class. Usually an instructor will choose to use a course reader when there are multiple readings they wish to use for class, and it becomes too costly to have students purchase all the books. Course readers must be purchased through University Readers and cannot be purchased through other vendors.

How do I order required Textbooks?

  1. You can purchase your required books from any bookseller, in-store or online. Some examples would be Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Textbooks.com. More can be found online to choose from. Also, many have rental and digital options at a cheaper rate.
  2. You will need the Student Schedule printout (sample below) provided by the Registrar.
  3. Using the information found on the Estimated Price Lists (ISBN, Title, Author, Publisher) and your Student Schedule, you can search for your books online.

Sample Student Schedule Printout

30396 FND 110 A G Form and Space I 2.0
30425 FNDT 180 A G Life Drawing I 3.0
30090 AHCS 120 C G Visual Culture 3.0

CRN – a number you use to register online
SUBJ – stands for subject
CRSE – stands for course
SEC – stands for section
CMP – stands for campus (G is the Goldsmith Campus on Lincoln)
TITLE – course title
CREDITS – number of credits or units course if worth

How do I order required Course Readers?
Students order online at www.universityreaders.com and follow these exact steps:

  1. Click the GOLD Students "BUY HERE" button on the top right side of our home page
  2. Click the "Create New Account" button (or enter your existing login information and skip to step 6)
  3. Select your State from the dropdown menu.
  4. Select your University from the resulting dropdown menu.
  5. Enter the fields on the page such as a "login/password" you’d like to use and all applicable "address" info.
  6. Click the "Save" button to create your account, and you'll automatically be taken to your university page.
  7. At your university page, click the "Add to Cart" button to the right of the course pack you want to purchase.
  8. Click on the "Checkout" button on the next page.
  9. Review your address info and click on the "Continue" button on the next page.
  10. Review our service agreement page and click the "I Agree – Continue Checkout" button on the next page.
  11. Select shipping and payment preferences from the dropdown menus. Click the "Continue" button.
  12. Enter payment details and click the "Place Order" button to finalize your order. The authorization will take about 5-10 seconds. You’ll be prompted with an Invoice screen once your order has been authorized and completed. You will also receive confirmation via email regarding your order.

Please direct all ordering questions to webmaster@universityreaders.com or call (800) 200-3908. Thanks!

NOTE: When you purchase a course reader, you will automatically be able to download the first 20% for free. This will ensure you have the necessary material for your course WEEK 1 while you wait for the reader to ship.

Why are there different websites for ordering?
Otis is currently seeking an online Bookstore.  Until one is established, students can find textbooks at several different online or in-store retailers.  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Textbooks.com are just a few.

University Readers offered low pricing and quick turn-around time for students ordering course readers.

How do I return an item or request a refund?
Textbooks: Certain conditions apply to returning your materials for a full refund. BEFORE you open or write in anything, please check the Returns FAQ of the site or store where materials were purchased for refund policies and restrictions.

Course Readers: Please see the Student Help FAQ section on University Readers website.

Can I have my books and readers delivered to Otis?
If you will be in transit when your course materials are going to be delivered, have not established a residence, or if you are in the Otis Housing program, you may qualify to have your orders shipped to the College. To see if you qualify and find out how to arrange this, contact the office of Student Affairs at (310) 665-6960 or check with the Student Affairs Office on the 1st floor.

Can I sell my book once the semester is over?
To sell your course reader or text book, contact the department representative for the course to see if those materials will be used again next term.

Why doesn’t the college have a campus bookstore?
Although we would love to have a campus bookstore, present space constrictions prohibit it.

I need more help...

Course Readers: Check the Help & FAQs on University Readers website.

Textbooks Textbooks: Contact the store you ordered text books from regarding materials ordered.

Check the FAQ on the MBS Direct Online Bookstore. The FAQ button appears in the grey header on every page.

If you have questions about the courses or required course materials, contact the department where the course is being offered. For non-studio courses, please use the Liberal Arts and Sciences Contact Form or call (310) 665-6920.