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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.


Private Loans

Private Loans are educational loans offered to students by private lending institutions (banks). These loans are for educational expenses only and should be used as a last resource, as they require a long-term committment to repay and typically high interest rates. Also failure to repay your private loans may result in serious consequences to your credit!
Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions regarding your decision to borrow a Private Student Loan.


1.    Take Federal Loans First
Make sure you take advantage of Federal loans and grants first! Federal Direct Loans offer fixed rates, please learn more about them HERE. Parents interested in borrowing on their child’s behalf should consider the advantages of the Parent PLUS Loan (fixed interest , forbearance options and possible tax benefits)

2.    Co-signer??
Most students do not qualify for private loans without a co-signer. Please review our Co-signer 101 section below to learn more about who to ask.

3.    Choose Your Lender
Review some of the lenders we work with on the OTIS FastChoice Tool. It’s up to you to be a well-informed consumer and choose the best lender for you.
Students have the right to select the education loan provider of their choice and are not required to use any of the current lenders listed in the OTIS FastChoice Tool.

4.    Submit your Application
If you choose one of the lenders listed in the OTIS FastChoice Tool, complete the application online. Follow your lender’s instructions and call them if you have questions.

5.    OTIS will Certify (no action on your part)
Once you have completed the application with your lender, they will send an electronic ‘certification request’ to Otis. The Otis Financial Aid Office will confirm your attendance and certify the amount you are eligible for (taking into account your COA and other financial aid).

6.    Check your Otis Self Service
Your financial aid amounts are always available for you to view online in your Otis Self Service.

What is a “co-signer”?
A co-signer is a person who agrees to take on the responsibility for your private student loan debt, should you fail to repay.
Some lenders provide "co-signer release" options that will release your co-signer from responsibility once you are able to qualify for the loan on your own and make a certain number of on-time payments.

An ideal co-signer should have the following qualifications:
•    Four to five years of credit history
•    A majority of revolving credit remains unused (20% rule)
•    No serious derogatory items exist on their credit report
•    Steady employment with sufficient income


  • Interest rates on private loans can be fixed or variable. Variable rates can increase or decrease over time, depending on the market conditions and the lender
  • Loans must be repaid with interest
  • Check with your lender regarding repayment options as private loans are not eligible for Federal Loan Consolidation which helps to lower payments
  • Even if you qualify for a private loan on your own, consider having a credit worthy co-signer to get a lower interest rate
  • Use the loan calculator in the Otis FastChoice Tool to project what your payments will look like in the future (located at the bottom of the page)
  • Be sure to review our Overview of Private Loans for more information
  • Contact your lender or the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions