• Todd Gray

    Oct 25| Lectures

    Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. Gray received an MFA and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown performance work at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), Los Angeles (2010); California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2009); the Commons, New York University (2008); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2008); New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, NY (2007); and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2004).

  • Ruby Neri is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her evocative portrayal of horses.

  • Otis in NYC
    October 27, 2016 
    6 - 8 pm 
    Franklin Parrasch Gallery
    53 East 64 Street
    New York, NY 10065

    Otis College President Bruce W. Ferguson is coming to NYC! 
    Please come say hello and visit with your fellow alumni and friends of Otis College of Art and Design.
    Drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


  • Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 

  • Looking at the recent works of Sebastian Stumpf one finds an interplay between performance and the recording of performance, between the execution of a physical act and the documentation of it by means of a camera. [He] operates in two distinct realms: in the empty spaces of contemporary art institutions and in urban settings with their preexisting orders. […] An inconspicuous architectural detail suddenly becomes the catalyst for a physical exploit…. The art gallery becomes a space for action.

  • Passionate Voices Expressed in Sound Bearing Plastic: An Evening with Collector Richard Shelton


Courses and Curricula

Recognizing the innovative role artists and designers can play in solving pressing challenges, the Sustainability Minor provides students with a broad understanding of the social, political, economic and environmental issues that impact the future of humanity and our planet. Students will study and develop strategies and systems, as applicable to art and design, which can meet the needs of current generations without compromising those of future generations. Courses fulfill requirements in Integrated Learning and Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as electives across all studio departments.


The Sustainability minor is open to all majors. Fashion Design and Toy Design must take Sustainability electives in their home department in order to complete this minor while fulfilling their major requirements. 

Required Courses
CAIL201 Human Ecology 3.0
NSCI305 Science and Sustainable Design 3.0
LIBS441 Sustainability Capstone* 3.0
  Sustainability electives** 6.0
Total Credits   15.0

*Fine Arts majors will take Sustainability Capstone in place of LAS Upper Division elective in order to also fulfill the Fine Arts Capstone/Senior Thesis requirement. 
**A minimum of 6 credits of Sustainability Electives are required, including at least 4 studio credits. A limited choice of CAIL, LAS and Studio courses in each department and Continuing Education will count towards the Sustainability minor electives, as determined each semester by the Interdisciplinary Studies Director and Department Chairs.

See Liberal Arts and Sciences Department for course descriptions.

Sustainability Electives

The following departments offer courses that focus on Sustainability:
Continuing Education
Creative Action
Fashion Design 
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Product Design 
Public Practice
Toy Design

Download one of the following PDFs to see how the Sustainability minor requirements fit into your chosen major
For students who entered Otis as Foundation Students in 2012-13 (class of 2016):
Sustainability Minor Academic Plan 12-13
For Students who entered Otis as Foundation Students in 2013-14 (class of 2017):
Sustainability Minor Academic Plan 13-14
For students who entered Otis as Foundation Students in 2014-15 (class of 2018) and 2015-16 (class of 2019):
Sustainability Minor Academic Plan 14-15 and 15-16

Course Proposals


Faculty members who are interested in proposing new courses or tagging existing courses as Sustainability Electives must complete the Sustainability Checklist and submit it to the Interdisciplinary Studies Director. (PDF) Proposals for Sustainability Electives are due March 15 for Fall courses and October 15 for Spring courses.

Learn more about Interdisciplinary Studies, eligibility requirements, and the application process.

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