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  • Margo Victor

    Sep 29| Lectures
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    Margo Victor lives and works in Los Angeles, California and received her BFA at the California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Happy Lion in Chinatown, Los Angeles, California; Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles; Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York.

  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Shila Khatami has had solo exhibitions at:
    Autocenter in Berlin, Kunstverein Dillingen, 
    Galerie Samy Abraham in Paris, 
    Galerie Susanna Kulli in Zurich, 
    Clages in Cologne and Treize in Paris.
    Group exhibitions include:
    “00ooOO - holes, dots, balls“ with Davide Bertocchi at Hopstreet, Brussels ; 
    “Punkt-Systeme,Vom Pointilismus zum Pixel“ at the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen; 
    „BYOB“ at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; 
    “Dorothea“ at Ancient & Modern, London; 
    “Ambigu“ at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen.

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

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How to Apply

Undergraduate Applicants

Application Deadlines

Otis College accepts undergraduate applications for the fall and spring semesters. Admission is rolling after the priority deadline.

 

Fall Semester Entry

Students can enter into the Foundation, Sophomore, Junior level

Application Opens: September 1st

Early Action Deadline: December 1st*

Priority Deadline: February 15th

*Early Action applicants who submit their application and all materials by December 1st will receive an early decision by mid-January and an early financial aid award estimate (requires submission of the FAFSA).

Spring Semester Entry

Students can enter as first-semester Foundation, second-semester sophomore or first-semester sophomore in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors "Jump Start" Program

Application Opens: September 1st

Priority Deadline: November 15th

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application - Submit the online application at www.otis.edu/apply-now.
  2. $60 application fee - The fee is nonrefundable and can be paid online when you submit your application.  If this cost is holding you back from applying, please contact the Admissions Office.
  3. Portfolio - Submit 10–20 pieces of your best work submitted online at otis.slideroom.com. See instructions below in "Preparing a Portfolio."
  4. Personal Statement - In at least 500 words, describe your background and interest in studying art and design. Your statement should be submitted with your portfolio online at otis.slideroom.com.
  5. Transcripts
    • Official transcripts are required showing all completed work to date. Please note, admitted high school students must also submit a final high school transcript after graduation.
    • Transfer students are required to submit final high school transcripts (with the graduation date) and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
    • International students are required to submit official translations for transcripts not in English. Please submit both the translation and the official transcript. International transfer applicants should submit a course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org).
  • SAT/ACT Test Scores

We encourage freshmen applicants to submit either an SAT or ACT score along with their other application materials. However, these scores are not required. Transfer students do not need to submit standardized test scores.

  • English Proficiency Exam

International applicants whose primary/native language is not English should take one of the three tests recognized by Otis College: TOEFL, IELTS, or the Pearson Test of English (SAT/ACT scores not required). The minimum scores required for BFA admission are a 79 on the TOEFL ibt, 6.5 on the IELTS or 58 on the Pearson Test of English.

If you have attended an accredited high school or college where English is the primary language of instruction, you may be waived of this requirement if you submit a transcript documenting completion of non-ESL coursework in English or Literature. Contact the Admissions office at admissions@otis.edu or 310.665.6820 for additional information.

The English proficiency requirement may also be waived for native English speakers who are citizens of any of the following countries and attend schools where English is the primary language of instruction: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, India, South Africa and Common Wealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago).

Applicants with test scores below our required minimums for BFA admission may be considered for the Foundation Pathway program, which offers our BFA Foundation curriculum alongside special, rigorous English language courses.

 

Submitting your Application Materials

You can check to see if your application materials have been received by logging in to your applicant account at www.otis.edu/apply-now. Application materials should be sent to: Otis College of Art and Design, Attn: Admissions, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Once all required application materials are received, the Admissions Committee will notify you of its decision by mail and email.

 

Preparing a Portfolio

Select your best work to show off your technical skills and your creativity! The portfolio should include 10–20 examples of your best and most recent work. Your portfolio should reflect your mastery of technique and your creative ideas. Applicants to Foundation should include at least five examples of drawing from direct observation. Artwork can be in any medium, including the following: animation; drafting; drawing; illustration; mixed media; motion-based projects; painting; performance; sound; installation; photography; sculpture; 2-D design; 3-D design or video (maximum two-minute excerpt).

 

Transfer students are encouraged to submit work that is appropriate to the level for which they are applying. If the focus of your portfolio is within the realm of your intended major, also show work mirroring the Foundation year.

Transfer Information

Taking the right classes before transferring is an important step for a smooth transition into the College's art and design programs. If your portfolio of artwork demonstrates necessary creative thinking skills, and you’ve taken an appropriate number of studio art courses, you may be admitted at the sophomore or junior level.

If you have questions about transferring, contact an Admissions Counselor at admissions@otis.edu or call (310) 665-6820.

 

To enter as a sophomore, you must have:

  • 17 semester units of studio art from a regionally accredited institution*
  • 12 semester units of general education are recommended:
    • English Composition (often the first college-level English course at most universities)
    • Elective English Course (such as an elective Literature or Speech course)
    • Social Science (such as an History, Anthropology or Psychology course)
    • Art History Survey course
  • A portfolio that demonstrates you are able to bypass the Foundation year

 

To enter as a junior, you must have:

  • Between 36 and 40 semester units of studio art from a regionally accredited institution*
  • Approximately 18-24 units of general education, including the courses listed for sophomore-level entry and more depending on your intended major. Please note specialized coursework is required by major. Contact Admissions at admissions@otis.edu for questions about aligning your curriculum appropriately.
  • A portfolio that demonstrates a professional level of technical and creative ability in your intended major
  • Please note a maximum of 62 transfer credits can be awarded

 

Credit

Students must have earned a grade of “C” or better in each class in order to receive credit. All units must be earned at a regionally accredited institution or at the equivalent of a regionally accredited institution abroad.*

*Regional accreditation is educational accreditation of schools, colleges, and universities in the United States by one of the six regional accreditors. Please visit the website of the U.S. Department of Education for more information. International institutions must be recognized by the country’s national ministry of education.

 

Capstone and Creative Action

All Otis College students take the College’s signature Creative Action and Capstone courses. These courses cannot be transferred in.

 

Credit by Examination

  • Advanced Placement: Admitted students may submit scores from Advanced Placement examinations for credit. Scores of 3-5 are accepted for History, Math, and Science. Scores of 4-5 are accepted for English and Art History. Due to the specialized nature of the studio programs at Otis College, AP credit for studio art is not accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate: You are eligible to receive credit if you have completed the IB Upper Level Exams with a score of 5 or higher in any of the following subject areas: Language (English); Individuals and Societies (Social Sciences); Experimental Sciences (Natural Sciences); Mathematics.

International Applicants

English Proficiency Exam

International applicants whose primary/native language is not English should take one of the three tests recognized by Otis College: TOEFL, IELTS, or the Pearson Test of English (SAT/ACT scores not required). The minimum scores required for BFA admission are a 79 on the TOEFL ibt, 6.5 on the IELTS or 58 on the Pearson Test of English.

If you have attended an accredited high school or college where English is the primary language of instruction, you may be waived of this requirement if you submit a transcript documenting completion of non-ESL coursework in English or Literature. Contact the Admissions office at admissions@otis.edu or 310.665.6820 for additional information.

The English proficiency requirement may also be waived for native English speakers who are citizens of any of the following countries and attend schools where English is the primary language of instruction: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, India, South Africa and Common Wealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago).

Applicants with test scores below our required minimums for BFA admission may be considered for the Foundation Pathway program, which offers our BFA Foundation curriculum alongside special, rigorous English language courses.

 

Visa Requirements

International Students who require an F-1 student visa must submit the following:

  • Verification Form provided by mail in the acceptance packet. Students must complete the forms, including a permanent foreign address and a sponsor signature from the parent, sponsor, or agency guaranteeing the student’s financial resources. Students currently studying within the U.S. will need documentation of their status from their current school and have their SEVIS record released to Otis College.
  • A copy of the current passport photo page. If the student is currently holding an F-1 visa, then a copy of the I-20 and visa are also required.
  • A bank statement or other documentation from the parent’s or sponsor’s bank or sponsoring organization certifying that sufficient funds for support of the student’s education and living expenses are available.

Communication must be in English or accompanied by certified English translation, and funds should be in U.S. dollars. Address these letters to Otis College's Admissions Office. When all required documents are received, an I-20 will be issued for the student. The student may take this document to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate to obtain an F-1 Student Visa

Graduate Applicants

Application Deadlines

Otis College accepts graduate applications for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Admission is rolling after the application deadline and will be considered on a space-available basis.

 

Fall Semester Entry (classes begin late August)

Fine Arts, Public Practice, Writing

Application Opens: September 1st

Priority Deadline: January 15th

 

Summer Semester Entry (classes begin mid-June)

Graphic Design only

Priority Deadline: September 1st

 

Spring Semester Entry (classes begin early January)

Fine Arts, Public Practice, Writing

Application Opens: September 1st

Priority Deadline: November 1st

 

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application - Submit the online application at www.otis.edu/apply-now.
  2. $60 application fee - The fee is nonrefundable and can be paid online when you submit your application.
  3. Resume
  4. Statement -  Please describe how you are hoping to advance your work through graduate study at Otis College. Submit your statement with your portfolio or writing sample online at otis.slideroom.com.
  5. Transcripts - Official transcripts are required from the college or university where you earned your bachelor’s degree and official transcripts from any school or college where you studied after earning your bachelor’s degree. This includes community colleges, language institutes, study abroad, etc. International students must submit official foreign language transcripts as well as certified translations.
  6. Portfolio - For Graduate Fine Arts, Graphic Design or Public Practice, submit 15-20 images (see Preparing a Portfolio below). For Graduate Writing, a writing sample is required. Submit your portfolio or writing sample online at otis.slideroom.com
  7. Letters of Recommendation (optional) - Up to three letters of recommendation can be submitted, but are optional.
  • English Proficiency Exam 

    If you are an international applicant whose primary/native language is not English and you are applying for Fine Arts, Graphic Design or Public Practice, you should take one of the three tests recognized by Otis College: the TOEFL, the IELTS, or the Pearson Test of English. The minimum scores required for MFA admission are a 79 on the TOEFL ibt, 6.5 on the IELTS or 58 on the Pearson Test of English.

    Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction may be waived of this requirement.

    The English proficiency requirement may also be waived for native English speakers who are citizens of any of the following countries and attend schools where English is the primary language of instruction: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, India, South Africa and Common Wealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago).

    Contact the Admissions office at gradadmissions@otis.edu or 310.665.6820 for additional information.

Admissions requirements for the Graduate Programs are designed to give admitted students a high probability of success in academic and studio work. Technical competence in the area of concentration is a primary factor in the admissions process.

Completion of an accredited BFA, BA, or BS degree is required. For Fine Arts, it is preferred that students have a degree in art or a related field, but all applicants with a prior bachelor’s degree will be considered for admission.

Submitting your Application Materials

You can check to see if your application materials have been received by logging in to your applicant account at www.otis.edu/apply-now. Application materials should be sent to the Otis College of Art and Design, Attn: Admissions, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Preparing a Portfolio

Graduate Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice: 
15-20 images including the name of each piece, approximate dimensions, medium, date, and file type (e.g., jpeg, tiff, gif, mov, mpg). Submit your portfolio online at otis.slideroom.com.

Graduate Writing: 

Please submit a 15- to 20-page writing sample of poetry, nonfiction, or fiction. Submit your writing sample online at otis.slideroom.com.

International Applicants

English Proficiency Exam

If you are an international applicant whose primary/native language is not English and you are applying for Fine Arts, Graphic Design or Public Practice, you should take one of the three tests recognized by Otis: the TOEFL, the IELTS, or the Pearson Test of English. The minimum scores required for MFA admission are a 79 on the TOEFL ibt, 6.5 on the IELTS or 58 on the Pearson Test of English.

Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction may be waived of this requirement.

The English proficiency requirement may also be waived for native English speakers who are citizens of any of the following countries and attend schools where English is the primary language of instruction: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, India, South Africa and Common Wealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago).

Contact the Admissions office at gradadmissions@otis.edu or 310.665.6820 for additional information.

 

Visa Requirements

International Students who require an F-1 student visa must submit the following:

  • Verification Form provided by mail in the acceptance packet. Students must complete the forms, including a permanent foreign address and a sponsor signature from the parent, sponsor, or agency guaranteeing the student’s financial resources. Students currently studying within the U.S. will need documentation of their status from their current school and have their SEVIS record released to Otis College.
  • A copy of the current passport photo page. If the student is currently holding an F-1 visa, then a copy of the I-20 and visa are also required.
  • A bank statement or other documentation from the parent’s or sponsor’s bank or sponsoring organization certifying that sufficient funds for support of the student’s education and living expenses are available.

Communication must be in English or accompanied by certified English translation, and funds should be in U.S. dollars. Address these letters to Otis College of Art and Design Admissions Office. When all required documents are received, an I-20 will be issued for the student. The student may take this document to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate to obtain an F-1 Student Visa

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