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  • Rodney McMillian (born in Columbia, South Carolina) is an artist based in Los Angeles.
  • Michael Joyce

    Sep 17| Lectures
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    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Twentieth-Century Man by Michael Joyce. Starting with a disappearance, Twentieth-Century Man contemplates issues imbedded in aging, memory, language, family, and even life and death, covering and uncovering many profound mysteries.

  • Alice Konitz

    Sep 18| Lectures
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    Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Alice Konitz.

    Thursday, September 18th 11:115am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

    Image from alicekonitz.com

     

  • High&Low Bureau is a curatorial duo composed of Yael Messer and Gilad Reich. They curate exhibitions, film programs, performative events and publications, while engaging with a plethora of disciplines, media and modes of artistic expression.Their curatorial practice is dedicated to the exploration of artistic strategies that reflect on, and suggest alternatives to, specific social-political conditions.

  • Fritz Haeg

    Sep 25| Lectures
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    Image: Fritz Haeg, working to install the Edible Estate #12 garden in Budapest, 2012. Photo: Andras Kare.

    Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Fritz Haeg.

    Thursday, September 25th 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

  • David Schafer

    Sep 30| Lectures
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    David Schafer is a visual and sound artist working in sculpture, sound, sound, performance, and works on paper. His work is concerned with the structures, translation, and intelligibility, of language and architecture. Schafer has shown nationally and internationally and has received several public commissions. Most recently he has had one-person shows at Studio10 gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, and Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA.

  • Sarah Manguso

    Oct 01| Lectures
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    Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend, named one of the top ten books of the year by Salon. Her previous book, the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay, was named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and short-listed in the UK for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and long-listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise.

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Foundation Studio Elective

Foundation Studio Elective
FNDT145

 

Overview

Foundation Elective courses are offered by the upper division programs within the College. Introductory courses in each of the major areas of undergraduate emphasis at Otis provide Foundation students access to upper division faculty, opportunities to bridge Foundation core studies with their intended area of emphasis, and specialized skills and information supportive of the transition into a chosen major. Foundation Electives are designed and taught by upper division faculty within each area. The 1 credit courses are 3 hour workshops, in which no homework is assigned.

 

Elective Course Descriptions

Note: Second semester studio elective offerings may change

 

Communication Arts: Design Solutions

FNDT145    1 credit

Graphic and advertising designers communicate visually and playfully using image and type, form and color, function and emotion and in this way create clear, engaging and enticing visual messages. Students learn to be open, responsive, collaborative and flexible in a lively studio setting. Taught by faculty engaged in the Design profession.

 

Communication Arts: Illustration

FNDT145    1 credit

Illustrators explore visual language and narrative skills through drawing, sketching, sequencing, researching, and observation for applications in entertainment illustration, animation, character development, concept illustration, publication and editorial illustration, advertising, and product illustration. Taught by faculty engaged in the Illustration profession.

 

Communication Arts: Printmaking

FNDT145    1 credit

An introduction to the fundamentals of printmaking, incorporating drawing, painting, and collage with methods of monotype, collograph, and drypoint engraving. Through technique and experimental processes students will produce multiples and work for an exchange portfolio. Taught by Communication Arts faculty.

 

Digital Media: Motion Graphics Essentials

FNDT145    1 credit

This course takes art and design to a different level by adding movement. Students refine skills through the use of today’s most sophisticated, yet easy to learn tools. Students explore compositing in After Effects, and Photoshop and use digital video, photography, and hand-made artwork to tell stories and create moving designs. Taught by Digital Media faculty.

 

Architecture/Landscape/Interiors: Designing Space

FNDT145   1 credit

Design the spaces where we live, work, and play. This course will introduce the full scope of spatial design fields: architecture (buildings), landscape (spaces between buildings), and interiors (spaces within buildings). Students will visit architecture, landscapes, and interiors in Los Angeles while designing their own building and landscape proposals. Taught by Architecture/Landscape/Interiors faculty.

 

Fashion Design: Introduction to Fashion Design and Illustration

FNDT145   1 credit

Introduces students to the fundamentals of designing and illustrating a small sportswear collection. Students will learn how to develop a fashion pose, research a theme for their collection, apply it to their designs, draw technical flats and simple sportswear on a figure. Additionally, students will design an “up-cycled” T-shirt.

 

Fine Arts: Painting Explorations

FNDT145    1 credit

A basic painting course introducing a variety of painting methods and materials, including color mixing, paletting, and paint application in oil and/or acrylic. Instruction will blend technical facility with the creative process within a studio environment supportive of risk-taking and the entertainment of possibilities. Traditional and contemporary modes of pictorial representation and abstraction will be explored. Taught by Fine Arts faculty.

 

Fine Arts: Photography/Sculpture

FNDT145    1 credit

This practice- based class examines photography’s connections to sculpture by establishing sculptural elements in relation to the photographic process. Students will examine how sculptural activities can apply before, during, and after the photographic process, and how such combinations affect perceptions of forms and ideas. Instruction will blend technical procedures with a process of self-directed investigation. Taught by Fine Arts faculty.

 

Product Design: Product Design Workshop

FNDT145    1 credit

An introductory overview course that teaches the basics of the Product Design Process applied to consumer items. Students engage in research and analysis, design thinking, ideation, and concept development as well as presentation skills. Drawing and making skills are developed through execution of multiple projects resulting in portfolio worthy objects. Taught by Product Design faculty.

 

Toy Design: Introduction to Toy Design

FNDT145    1 credit

An idea-driven workshop that introduces students to Adobe Photoshop as a primary tool for the manipulation of drawn and photographic images. Instruction will focus on Photoshop as a means of enhancing drawing skills in support of design activity and concept presentation in preparation for further study within the Toy Design major. Taught by Toy Design Faculty.

 

Paris Trip

FNDT145    1 credit

Students travel to Paris for 9 days in March for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit museums and historic sites with Foundation faculty for on-site lectures and focused field study. Please note: Otis College of Art and Design reserves the right to cancel scheduled foreign travel based on international travel conditions and/or safety concerns.

Course Descriptions Electives: Please note that second semester studio elective offerings may change. See department for course descriptions.