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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 writing course

Thesis

A sample of a book-length, publishable project of prose or poetry supervised by the department chair and faculty.  The work (40-50pgs. of prose, 20-30 pgs. of poetry) is submitted to a faculty committee of the student’s choosing for final approval.

Publishing Practices

An optional year-long course directed toward the contemporary world of publishing, as well as working on our writing program’s literary tabloid, OR, the Otis Books/Seismicity Editions imprint.

Visiting Writers Lectures

A bi-weekly lecture series featuring visiting poets, fiction writers and essayists from the U.S. and abroad who read and discuss their own work and aspects of contemporary literary culture. A question and answer period follows each talk.

Literary Seminar

These in-depth seminars focus on particular issues or currents in contemporary fiction and poetry, with topics selected from various international literary traditions (e.g., “Poetry’s Public” or “The Ethics of Fiction”)or monographic courses on such figures as Gertrude Stein, William Faulkner, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, or Eudora Welty.

Prose/Poetry Workshop III/IV

A two-year workshop sequence in the student’s area of emphasis, i.e. fiction, poetry, non-fiction. Also, as part of the course, the student may meet with the program director and other graduate faculty during the semester.

Publishing Practices

An optional year-long course directed toward the contemporary world of publishing, as well as working on our writing program’s literary tabloid, OR, the Otis Books/Seismicity Editions imprint.

Visiting Writers Lectures

A bi-weekly lecture series featuring visiting poets, fiction writers and essayists from the U.S. and abroad who read and discuss their own work and aspects of contemporary literary culture. A question and answer period follows each talk.

Translation Seminar

This course is a study of literary translation and its radical impact on English-language poetry and fiction. Poetry or fiction translation is an option for the critical essay in this course. Students, in either case, acquire first-hand knowledge of literary traditions outside that of Anglo-American literature.

Literary Seminar

These in-depth seminars focus on particular issues or currents in contemporary fiction and poetry, with topics selected from various international literary traditions (e.g., “Poetry’s Public” or “The Ethics of Fiction”)or monographic courses on such figures as Gertrude Stein, William Faulkner, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, or Eudora Welty.

Prose/Poetry Workshop I/II

A two-year workshop sequence in the student’s area of emphasis, i.e. fiction, poetry, non-fiction. Also, as part of the course, the student may meet with the program director and other graduate faculty during the semester.