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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Junior Studio Electives

4 units to be taken in the spring semester or Junior year.

Students may select from a wide range of studio elective courses listed below:

 

Advertising Workshop

ADVT 240    2 credits

Introduces students to the world of advertising with real advertising assignments. They analyze famous ad campaigns to learn why they were successful and how they affected American culture. Advertising guest speakers along with field trips to award winning ad agencies in the LA area are scheduled.

 

Communication Studio III/IV

This course offers an increasingly sophisticated examination of design concepts and their applications. Students broaden their understanding of effective design as a visual language in two- and three-dimensional projects and time-based media. Assignments involve research and analysis with a focus on type, image, aesthetics, message, audience, and intent. Students are required to take a print (cmyk) section in one semester and motion (rgb) in the other semester.

Prerequisite: For COMD 301 is COMD 300.

Professional Practice

A required course for all majors in Communication Arts, it is divided into three components, traditional portfolio development, web portfolio design, and career development specific to a major. Students will leave this course prepared for an internship and/or employment. Lectures, demos, studio visits, visiting artists, and critiques, collectively prepare students for working in the field of advertising, illustration, and graphic design.

Senior Project

Students explore conceptual, theoretical, and experimental communications problems based on individual proposals, offering them the opportunity to integrate personal vision with professional goals. Meeting in cross-disciplinary teams facilitated by faculty advisors, students define the scope and objectives of their inquiry and outline their research and production methodologies. The class culminates in a visual project accompanied by a written narrative.

Course Fee: $100

Junior Studio Electives

Students may select from a wide rage of studio elective courses related to their department and major. See The Hoot (Otis Course Catalog) for course descriptions.

Senior Project/Research Paper

This course is aimed at helping students define, analyze, and develop a comprehensive design proposal and creative brief for their senior projects. The course emphasizes critical thinking and writing, and the role of the citizen designer in the twenty-first century.

Required for Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design majors.

Senior Studio Electives

Adversiting major students may select 4 units in the fall semester and 6 units in the spring semester.

Graphic Design major students may select 8 units in the fall semester and 8 units in the spring semester.

Illustration major students may select 6 units in the fall semester and 8 units in the spring semester.

 

Students may select from a wide range of studio elective courses listed below:

 

 

Advertising Workshop

ADVT 240    2 credits

Practicum I/II

Practicum is one of the core learning structures in the communication arts curriculum. One-on-one critiques with faculty and guests, lectures, demos, and workshops are all components of each section required of all students, sophomore to senior. Sections are divided by year.

Practicum I/II

Practicum is one of the core learning structures in the communication arts curriculum. One-on-one critiques with faculty and guests, lectures, demos, and workshops are all components of each section required of all students, sophomore to senior. Sections are divided by year.

These courses may be substituted with a studio elective with departmental approval.

Sophomore Studio Electives

Students may select 2 units in the fall semester and 2 units in the spring semester.

 

Students may select from a wide range of studio elective courses listed below:

 

 

Advertising Workshop

ADVT 240    2 credits

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