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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.


Declaring a Minor

Interdisciplinary Studies gives undergraduate students in select departments the opportunity to extend and complement their work in the major by pursuing a minor—a defined course sequence that explores a specific theme, topic, or discipline. Minors are optional, and most Interdisciplinary Studies students pursue only one minor, however students may be approved to pursue two minors on a case-by-case basis. All Interdisciplinary Studies students must meet eligibility requirements to enroll.

Application Process:
Students should complete their Declaration of Minor form during registration for either the first or second semester of the sophomore year. Under limited circumstances, students may begin a minor in the first semester of the junior year. Declaration forms are available below or in the Interdisciplinary Studies office. The student's Major Department Chair, the Chair/Director/Coordinator of the Minor, and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies must approve the application.

  • Download Declaration of Minor form (PDF)
  • Complete top portion of form in conversation with Advisor or Interdisciplinary Studies Director.
  • Obtain GPA verification from Registration Office.
  • Obtain signed approvals from department chairs/directors of major and minor/IC and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Office distributes copies to major/minor departments, LAS, Registration and student.

Eligibility and Enrollment Requirements
Students must be on track in their major and in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to pursue a minor. Not all minors are open to all majors. See each specific minor for details. Students will be allowed to register for courses on a space-available basis, which is not guaranteed, but registering early will significantly increase the chances of getting into their required courses.

Transfer students who apply for and are approved to pursue a minor upon entering the College need to fulfill degree program requirements through an appropriate combination of transfer courses and courses completed at Otis. Transfer students must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0, upon entering the College to be eligible for pursuing a Minor.

For more info: Contact Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies office, Ahmanson 606, is open Monday and Friday, 10 am - 3 pm and Tuesday - Thursday, 10 am - 6 pm. Studio visits and advisement on courses, internships, graduate schools and careers are available for all current and prospective Interdisciplinary Studies students. Call (310) 846-2634 or contact the IS Program Assistant to schedule a meeting with the IS Director.


Michele Jaquis (IS/ACT Director; Community Arts Engagement, Sustainability, Teacher Credential Preparation)
Ricardo Estrada (Program Assistant)
Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum (Creative Writing)
Rebecca Chamlee (Book Arts)
Chris Chung (Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres)
Parme Guintini (Art History)
Heather Joseph-Witham (Cultural Studies)
Michael Kollins (Product Design)
Barbara Maloutas (Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Illustration)
Kathleen Milnes (Digital Media)
Linda Pollari (Interior Design, Landscape Design)