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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.


Writing Placement

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The Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) is a two-part, two-hour test designed to assess your English reading and writing proficiency. The assessment measures Grammar and Usage, Reading Comprehension, and Writing, and is used to place you in an English class appropriate to your language abilities.


Writing Placement Assessment (webform)


FAQs >

Who has to take this assessment?

All incoming first-year and transfer students excluding anyone with a prior degree from an accredited college or university where instruction was in English.

What are the classes I can place into?

ENGL 020 English as a Foreign Language, ENGL 050 Developmental English I, ENGL 090 Developmental English II, ENGL 090 Linked Developmental English II and ENGL 107 Writing in the Digital Age.

Can I use a dictionary?


Is the assessment online?


What is a good strategy for taking this assessment?

A proctor will call time on the first two sections, which are multiple choice. Be sure to spend the entire hour on the last part, writing, which is the most important. For the writing component, spend 5-10 minutes outlining how you want to approach the question, 40-45 minutes writing your essay, and 5-15 minutes proofreading.

What if I do not think my results are really representative of my writing abilities?

You may appeal your assessment by following the appeal process (PDF).

Do you expect my essay to be perfect?

No. We know it is a timed exam, and that you would revise certain areas if you had more time.

What assessment criteria do the faculty use in determining placement? 

WPA Scoring Guide (PDF).