• Public-Library is a cross-disciplinary design studio in Los Angeles. They construct identities, concepts and experiences for brands through the practice of reduction using fundamental typographic theory and experimentation with space and form.

    Ramón Coronado and Marshall Rake met as design students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After studying, working, and exhibiting independently for many years—both stateside and internationally—their design philosophy and approach brought them back together as Public-Library in 2011.

  • Sandra Lim

    Mar 29| Lectures

    Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness, winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Glück. Her work is also included in the anthologies Gurlesque, The Racial Imaginary, and Among Margins: An Anthology on Aesthetics. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute.

  • Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture REDUX.5 by Michiel Riedijk at MOCA.


    Michiel Riedijk regularly lectures at universities, cultural institutions and symposia worldwide. His theories and writings on architecture have gained international recognition from fellow architects and scholars. The work of Neutelings Riedijk Architects has received worldwide appreciation through numerous publications, international awards and exhibitions around the world. - Neutelings Riedijk Architects

  • Liliana Angulo Cortés (b. Bogotá, Colombia 1974) is a visual artist; she graduated from the National University in Bogotá, Colombia with a specialization in sculpture. She has developed her practice using a variety of media, including sculpture, photography, video, installation, sound, and performance.


OARS Initiative Grants

Faculty Research Grants in Support of Teaching Excellence and Assessment Practices


Grants are offered through the Otis Assessment Research & Scholarship Initiative (OARS)

Assessment has always been a vital part of an arts’ education but a process that is not always visible to students and external audiences. To address WASC standards in the area of teaching and learning for our upcoming re-accreditation process, and in support of faculty teaching excellence and student success, all faculty members are encouraged to research and experiment with teaching methodology and related assessment practices their courses and document the results.

The goal of OARS is to encourage faculty research in arts pedagogy and assessment, and to support faculty members in sharing results with colleagues to improve student learning and serve as a teaching resource for colleagues. Such research activities also serve as Contributions to the College in the faculty advancement system. The OARS initiative seeks to build faculty knowledge and interest in teaching effectiveness as evidenced through simple assessment practices. OARS projects will enhance and promote a culture of evidence and community of pedagogical practice at Otis. As Chase, et al. (2014) argue, the scholarship and practice of assessment in the creative disciplines is “at an exciting stage of development as leaders attempt to provide evidence-based arguments for the relevance of the creative disciplines and simultaneously articulate and address some of the challenges of assessment in the creative disciplines.”

Throughout the 2015-16 academic year, stipends will be granted to faculty members of all ranks in support of classroom and programmatic research that leads to recommendations for improvements in teaching and learning through specific assessment practices. The recommendations should also draw on the scholarship of assessment that includes case studies of effective institutional assessment practices and structures. It is hoped that the faculty research projects will serve as examples for future faculty research, encourage faculty to become involved in further developing their teaching and related assessment practices, and support faculty members’ interests in the scholarship of teaching, learning, and assessment.


Ideas for Research Projects

  • What is the role of self-assessment and reflection in student success?
  • Does a grading rubric (or clearly articulated and weighted criteria) enhance the level or effectiveness in the process of critique?
  • How can student attributes such as risk-taking and creativity be productively measured or “evidenced?”
  • How can visual design contribute to the efficacy and clarity of assessment and feedback tools?
  • What kinds of assessment or feedback works best for students, and why?
  • How forms of assessment are best matched to the activities of a specific course, and why?
  • What is the most effective way to document specific student learning, in addition to evidencing more general learning?
  • Are there research strategies that might be particular to art/design teaching, as compared to the teaching of other subjects?
  • The critique as assessment: how to measure and chronicle the positive effects of effective critical discourse with students.
  • Classroom-based Research by Debra Ballard


  1. Grants of $1,000 (taxable) are available.
  2. The next deadline for submission of request to the Provost is October 15, 2016
  3. Requests will be reviewed and recommended for funding by the Faculty Development Committee; final coordination and support for proposals will be fulfilled by the Provost and Associate Provost for Assessment and Accreditation
  4. Application should include a research question and the methodology for the faculty-led research in the classroom
  5. Faculty will report on the research and its findings in a format appropriate for dissemination (publication)
  6. Reports should cite current research from the literature of assessment (Debra Ballard and Sue Maberry will advise), and should include what the faculty member learned and recommends for improved teaching at Otis, and beyond.

Application Form

OARS Grant Application [docx]

Online version coming soon

Rubric for OARS Applications (This rubric was developed through the Provost's Office)

  1. Goals--clarity of proposal—what is the question or problem?   
  2. Clarity and effectiveness of proposed methods of assessment   
  3. Clarity and appropriateness of proposed research methods and strategy   
  4. Suitability for college assessment purposes (WSCUC and NASAD)  
  5. Likelihood that this will add to our current teaching, learning, and assessment practices
  6. Does the proposal place the project within the current literature?    

Current arts and design assessment literature is available at:
Successful OARS reports can be published in venues including but not limited to:

List of 2015-16 Recipients

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