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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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Graduate Graphic Design Course

Theory and Criticism

A diversity of critical approaches to twentieth and twenty-first century design are situated historically while introducing current themes and debates in contemporary design practice and related disciplines.

Visiting Artists Critique

This course offers one-on-one studio critiques with visiting artists. The focus is on the individual student’s practice. In-depth discussion with artists and designers give students the opportunity to strengthen their conceptual and aesthetic development.

Seminar II

GRDS500/600/700   6 credits/6 credits/6 credits

In this three-term course sequence, all graduate students work on project-specific assignments. Faculty and visiting artists provide the opportunity for in-depth discussion, conceptual and formal investigation. The intention of this course is to find focus and specialization in the program.

Directed Studies

 

Directed Study: Mentorship (Spring Semester)

GRDS799   3.5 - 9 credits

Students produce academic texts related to design that are historical, critical, and/or theoretical. Through mentorship, students will begin to establish a body of work that can and should contribute to contemporary design discourse. Communication via digital technologies, telephone, or face-to-face meetings all contribute to the mentorship process. Publication material in digital or analog form is required.

 

Studio Topics: Advancing the Discipline

GRDS640/641/642   2 credits/2 credits/2 credits

Students will cultivate personal working methodologies and develop and test them throughout the course. Careful examinations of current/previous design vanguards with particular attention to the relationship between method and form. Students will produce a series of projects and will be critiqued throughout the semesters by peers and faculty/guest faculty.

Studio Topics: Social Responsibility of the Designer

GRDS630/631/632   2 credits/2 credits/2 credits

This course defines “social responsibility” as a nuanced and contextual idea, one whose meaning is constantly evolving and whose manifestations shift between cultures and generations. Specific project topics and themes rotate by semester. All projects involve an intensive research component that includes both informational and formal/visual research (collecting and making).

Studio Topics Typography and Type Design

GRDS620/621/622   2 credits/2 credits/2 credits

The projects assigned use theory, methodology, and personal interests to expand student‚ knowledge of typography and its role within graphic design. Each section will host a visiting type designer who will workshop with the students and establish the beginnings of designing a typeface.

Contemporary Graphic Design Issues

This course is total emersion into the field of graphic design. Current and critically important figures be covered, students will be given tools to use in their practice to ensure that they are informed on the discipline on a global scale. In addition, students will begin to engage visiting artists in dialogue during lectures.

Seminar I

GRDS500/600/700   6 credits/6 credits/6 credits

In this three-term course sequence, all graduate students work on project-specific assignments. Faculty and visiting artists provide the opportunity for in-depth discussion, conceptual and formal investigation. The intention of this course is to find focus and specialization in the program.

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