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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.


Preparing a Portfolio For Transfer Students


How do I submit my portfolio?
Digital portfolios are preferred. After you apply online, you will receive a url to upload your files. We also accept DVDs and CDs. Please include an index with your name, name of project, medium, approximate dimensions, and date.
1. Apply Online 2. Otis will send you
the url for Digital
Portfolio site.
3. Follow directions
to upload images of
your work
*Note - We do not accept physical art pieces.

Foundation Level Portfolios Include

10–20 examples of your best and most recent work.

Any medium, including but not limited to: drawings, illustration, painting, photography, 2-D design, sculpture, drafting, 3-D Design, and time-based projects.

Transfer Student Portfolios Include

Sophomore Level
Approach A
10–20 examples of artwork
Show work that mirrors Otis’ Foundation Year, including life drawing, observational drawing, and 2-D and 3-D design.
Also include personal work that expresses your interests and creativity. You do not have to include work from the major you wish to study, but your work should show the core skills of that discipline. For example, if you want to study Toy Design, your portfolio does not need to include toys but should include examples of drawing and 3-D design.
Sophomore Level
Approach B
10–20 examples of artwork

Submit work that shows advanced skills in your intended major. For example, students applying for the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors major may submit a portfolio that consists of drafting, rendering, and CAD projects rather than life drawing and 2-D design. Remember, the portfolio must demonstrate that you have the skills to be successful at the sophomore level.



(Spring Only)
Junior Level
(Fall Only)
10–20 examples of artwork

Highlight your skills in your discipline, and show that you are ready to succeed at the junior level. Select work that shows your advanced professional skills and readiness for internships. For example, a student applying to be a junior in Graphic Design should show advanced graphic design work.

Note: Otis does not admit students as second-semester sophomore or junior level transfers into Fashion Design.


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