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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

  • Joe Sola (‘99)’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Andy Warhol Museum  and Kunsthaus Gras, Austria, Museum of Modern Art Jean-Duc, Luxembourg. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City.  His performances have taken place at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, MOT International in London, 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles.


Otis College of Art and Design Receives Major Grant for Academic Computing from The Ahmanson Foundation


Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos 310-665-6857 jaxtell@otis.edu

Digital media upgrades will enhance classroom and studio instruction, serving Otis College of Art and Design’s entire student body.
Digital Media Lab

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 28, 2014

Otis College of Art and Design has been awarded a major grant for digital media upgrades that will enhance classroom and studio instruction, serving the College’s entire student body. Specifically, the funds provide for upgrades to digital media control systems in traditional classrooms as well as the first digitally enhanced studio spaces on-campus. The project, scheduled for completion in Fall 2014, exemplifies the collegial spirit ever present on the Otis campus as it brings together information systems, library, and liberal arts and sciences staff under the direction of Academic Computing Director Felipe Gutiérrez.

Keeping students focused and attentive to detail during lengthy studio classes is a prime concern for Dave Schultze, now in his 11th year of teaching toy design at Otis. A licensed architect, principal of SchultzeWORKS design studio, and instructor of the first Rhinoceros (Rhino) software course for Lynda.com, the industry leader in online digital education, Schultze says his classes on 3D visualization would not be possible without the College’s strong academic computing services. His students learn the principles of three-dimensional design by developing simple, imaginative objects—robots, vehicles, spaceships, and toy figurines—using the most sophisticated applications—Rhino, V-Ray, Bongo, Photoshop, and AfterFX.

Schultze explains that digital design has progressed over three decades but high resolution projectors have only been available in the past few years. Picture clarity is crucial for students that watch his detailed demonstrations of techniques for building 3D models and processes for 3D rendering, animation, and compositing, as well as for critiques of their own work, which is uploaded to the College’s online Learning Management System, O-Space, or the video-sharing website Vimeo. The ultimate goal is job preparedness. Schultze explains, “With respect to technology, the classrooms at Otis and the workplace are one in the same. I give my students a very real world experience. It is very deep software, all the stuff I teach. I want my students to start using it so they can be competitive. If you don’t know 3D, you’re going to have an impossible time getting a job as a designer. I am trying to get them to a level of competency so they can exceed expectations on their first job.”

Fast approaching its centennial anniversary, Otis is investing in state-of-the-art technology that would have been unimaginable at the time of its founding in 1918. From its leadership as an early adopter of tablet display technology with classrooms dedicated for teaching on Wacom’s Cintiq line, to liberal arts and sciences courses offered on iPads, and now wireless digital presentation systems in both traditional classrooms and art studios, information technology underlies Otis’ commitment to academic excellence.

The Ahmanson Foundation is a longstanding, generous supporter of Otis. In addition to this award for new academic computing technology, the Foundation established an endowed scholarship fund, The Ahmanson Foundation Graduate Scholarship, and also provides annual support to the Otis Student Scholarship Fund through both undergraduate scholarships and the Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative, providing support to recruit, retain, and educate student veterans.

About the Ahmanson Foundation
The Ahmanson Foundation primarily serves Los Angeles County and awards grants for cultural projects in the arts and humanities, education, health care, programs focusing on the homeless and underserved populations, and a wide range of human services. Additional information is available at theahmansonfoundation.org.

About Otis

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.
Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.   

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.