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  • Campus offices and facilities are closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

    Ahamnson Hall and Galef Center are open Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24, 9-6.

    Graduate Studios are open to those students who have approved access.

  • Patrons Circle Tour

    May 30| Special Event
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    Otis' Patrons Circle Tour of Downtown L.A.!

    Discover how the creative economy is transforming downtown Los Angeles.  Studios and galleries continue to move to the heart of our city and into areas that were off the beaten path just a year ago. Otis Patrons Circle members will enjoy an Otis-inspired tour of downtown L.A.'s vibrant scene.  

    Tour includes:
    Visit to Kent Twitchell's ('77 MFA) new studio, followed by a short ride to see a few of his downtown murals

    Inside peek of Cynthia Vincent's ('88 Fashion Design) fashion design studio

  • Design Week 2015

    Jun 21| Special Event
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    OTIS’ MFA GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM HOSTS:

    Design Week June 21-27, 2015

    I AM THE CITY

     

    VISITING ARTISTS

    Field Experiments: Benjamin Harrison Bryant, New York and Paul Marcus Fuog, Melbourne And Karim Charlebois-Zariffa, Quebec/NYC

    www.field-experiments.com

     

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Second Year Electives

*In addition to Independent Studies, electives may be taken from the offerings of Fine Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences and other departments with departmental approval

Exhibition Preparation

Each student in the final year works on the organization, planning, and installation of MFA exhibitions. The course focuses on exhibition psychology, design, and documentation. Additionally, the professional practices needed for well-planned entry into the art world are discussed.

Professional Practice

A seminar in which the intricacies, idiosyncrasies and responsibilities of the professional artist are discussed and deconstructed.

Special Topics

Second year level courses*
 

This course spotlights a different subject and instructor each semester. Instructors offer their own expertise on topics relating to contemporary issues involved in artistic practice.

Graduate Critique

In this two-year course sequence, all graduate students, regardless of media, discuss common issues of studio practice. The course provides an in-depth discussion and investigation of how an artist’s work is perceived as a public statement, and how one’s work exists in the world.

Thesis I/II

This course encourages and trains students to write a thesis about their own work through the development of the requisite critical writing skills which will serve them in the future when applying for grants as well as preparing them for the literary demands of an artist’s career.

Graduate Studio III/IV

This two-year course sequence focuses on each individual student’s practice, specifically directed towards aesthetic and technical issues arising out of their work. Students meet with a number of individual instructors on an independent basis, as they have work or issues prepared for discussion.

First Year Electives

*In addition to Independent Studies, electives may be taken from the offerings of Fine Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences and other departments with departmental approval

Critical Theory and Practice

 

The in-depth examination of a critical or theoretical text focuses on contemporary issues in art, philosophy, politics, or criticism.