• Design Fair

    Jul 09| Special Event

    The annual Design Week for the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis College of Art and Design will launch with a Design Fair on July 9, 2017, from 12-6pm. Held on the college's newly renovated campus, the fair will feature lectures by visiting international designers from 12-1:45pm followed by the book fair from 2-6pm. 

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event

    Sitting in Sound is a guided meditation led by artist Jesse Fleming, and an immersive sound experience performed by Los Angeles-based musical duo Electric Sound Bath (ESB).

  • Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.
    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition

    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.


Introduction to Art Fundamentals for High School Students

"Introduction to Art Fundamentals for High School Students" is a 5 week condensed version of "Art and Design Fundamentals for High School Students" offered March 2015. 



  • Platform:
  • Length: 5 Weeks 
  • Dates: Offered June 8 – July 12, 2015
  • Modules: Selected what worked best from 12- week MOOC (Gesture Drawing; Measuring the Figure; Perspective; Cross Contour; Compositions)
  • Assignments: 5 Required, 5 Optional Challenge, 2 Quizzes
  • Enrollment: 1,006 participants
  • Cost: Free



  • 31% North America
  • 18% Western Europe
  • 12% South America
  • 8% Southeast Asia, Australia & South Pacific
  • 7% Eastern Europe
  • 6% Central America
  • 6% Africa
  • 6% East Asia, Russia
  • 4% Caribbean, Middle East, South Asia



  • 77% Likely to take another Otis Course
  • 94% Agree the course content had a positive impact on learning experience.


Student Comments

  • The teachers and fellow students were all very helpful and kind, and have left a positive impact on me. I hope to take another course soon, and would want to thank everyone who took part in this course in any way.
  • Overall very pleased with the course and the amount of feedback on assignments was a welcome change (I've taken Coursera and Futurelearn courses where feedback and advice is minimal). I've been very happy with the course and enjoyed every minute, I wish it were longer than 5 weeks. Many thanks to the instructors involved for their hard work!
  • Thank you so much for offering this course, even though I do not fit your target audience, I still greatly benefited. I am honored to be able to listen to a class from such a great school and professor that I otherwise would not have the opportunity to without this free mooc!!!! Thank you!!!

Note: Data collected from two course surveys offered at the start and end of the MOOC.


Next Steps

An adpated version of this MOOC is offered as an Otis College Continuing Education course in summer.


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