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  • Memorial Day

    May 30| Academic Dates
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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

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Foundation

What you learn will serve you for a lifetime

During your first year, known as Foundation, you will experience an immersive program that promotes your success in college. Through inspiring studio and Liberal Arts and Sciences courses, you will acquire skills that are fundamental to all visual arts and the construction of meaning.

As adept, well-informed makers, you will examine new ideas, learn new ways of thinking, and ask new questions that will enhance your creativity, expression, and innovation. Visual and idea-oriented research will support your pictorial and 3-D compositions. Collaborative experiences in a learning community will ignite a spirit of investigation that will propel your education and practice. Frequent workshop demonstrations will help you to realize ideas you never knew you had. Close dialogue with faculty members will allow you to visually resolve your work, and discover working methods that will carry you into a major, serve you through college, and last a lifetime.

Foundation Forward This spring event helps you select a program of study. You may elect to pursue a Minor by entering one program of study and taking a number of elective courses outside that program.

Paris Trip Each spring break, a group of Foundation students travel to Paris for nine days to view art and design in an extraordinary urban environment. 


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Students in the Foundation Program will:
  • Acquire and apply Fundamental Skills, which include mindful making and improving of work by the manipulation of art and design media.
  • Demonstrate Critical Thinking Skills including the ability to distinguish between and use rational, intuitive, and critical thinking processes and to construct meaning using visual information.
  • Discern Visual Quality through identifying visual strengths and weaknesses to promote aesthetic resolution and clarity of intention.
  • Build Professionalism through strategies for success such as attentiveness, time management skills, and the ability to commit to a personal vision in the endeavor of art making.
  • Develop Quantitative Skills including the ability to use sound principles of proportion to measure, calculate, and transfer dimensions of the observed and built world.
  • Demonstrate Inventiveness and the Spirit of Investigation, utilizing visual and idea-oriented research, the spirit of play, and the sequential application of process to develop problem solving skills.
  • Develop an Awareness of Social Responsibility by working individually and collaboratively to consider the social and environmental impact of art and design.

 

Learn more about undergraduate degrees offered by Otis in our view book, open with Page Viewer or Download (PDF).