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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event
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    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.

     

  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures
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    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
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  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
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    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.

    ghebaly.com/artists/joel-kyack

  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.

     

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Courses and Curricula

Sustainability Minor
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.

 

Curricular Requirements
The Sustainability Minor requires 13-20 credits of coursework in place of LAS and studio electives. Pursuing a minor does not require additional course work or degree requirements (for the 130 credits for the BFA).
 

    Credits
Sophomore Year ILML200 Human Ecology 3.0
Junior Year NSCI309 Science and Sustainable Design 3.0
    * Sustainability Elective 2.0
Sophomore - Senior Year   * Sustainability Elective 2.0 - 9.0
Senior Year LIBS440 Sustainability Capstone 3.0
       
Total Credits (Depends on Major)     13.0 - 20.0

 

*A limited choice of IL, LAS and Studio courses in each department, including Continuing Education, will count towards the Sustainability Minor electives, as determined each semester by the Interdisciplinary Studies Director and Department Chairs. The total of elective units must include a minimum of four studio units.


Download the following PDF to see how the Sustainability requirements fit into your chosen major:

 

For students who entered Otis as Freshman in 2010-2011 (class of 2014)
Sustainability Minor 2010-11

 

Participating Departments
This minor is open to students in all majors, although Fashion Design and Toy Design majors must take studio electives in their home departments.


Eligibility and Enrollment Requirements
Students must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to pursue a minor. Students may apply for a minor during registration for either the first or second semester of the sophomore year. Under limited circumstances, students may begin a minor in the first semester of the junior year. To do so, a student must have permission from his or her Department Chair, the Director of the Minor area, and the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies. Students will be allowed to register for courses on a space-available basis. Space availability in courses is not guaranteed, but registering early will significantly increase the chances of getting elective classes.


The Application Process
Students need to complete an application form, available on the Interdisciplinary Studies home page and at the Registration Office. The application includes a statement written by the student that describes their reasons for pursuing a minor. The student’s Department Chair, the Director of the Minor area, and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies must approve the application.


Transfer Students
Transfer students who apply for and are approved to pursue a minor upon entering the College need to fulfill degree program requirements through an appropriate combination of transfer courses and courses completed at Otis. Transfer students must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0, upon entering the College to be eligible for pursuing a Minor.


Sustainability Electives
In addition to the Sustainability Minor the following departments offer courses that focus on Sustainability:

Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
Continuing Education
Fashion Design
Fine Arts

Foundation
Liberal Arts and Science
Product Design

Public Practice
Toy Design

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. (Doc)