Events
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

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Transfer Students

Taking the right classes before transferring is an important step in a smooth transition into Otis’ art and design programs. If your portfolio of artwork demonstrates the necessary well-developed drawing, design, and creative thinking skills, you will be admitted at the sophomore or junior level. You must also have completed general education requirements such as English, social sciences, and art history.

Sophomore Transfer
(Fall admission only)

To enter Otis at the sophomore level, you must have completed a minimum of 18 semester units of studio art. It is also advisable that you complete at least 15 transferable general education units. Please refer to the chart, and contact the Admissions Office for information on which general education courses to take.

   

Jump Start Program
for Architecture/
Landscape/Interiors

(Spring admission only)

Transfer students interested in the Architecture/ Landscape/Interiors (A/L/I) program have a unique opportunity to “jump start” as a first-semester sophomore in the spring semester. In the Jump Start Program, you
complete the first semester of the sophomore year in the spring, and then immediately complete the second semester of the sophomore year during the summer, allowing you to be a junior in the fall. In order to stay on track and graduate on time, both spring and summer semesters must be completed.

   

Second-Semester
Sophomore

(Spring admission only)

Transfer applicants with at least 27 semester units of studio art and design may apply for second-semester sophomore status in Architecture/ Landscape/Interiors, Communication Arts, Digital Media, Fine Arts, and Product Design. (See chart).

 

   

Junior Transfer
(Fall admission only)

Junior-level transfer applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Between 36 and 40 semesters units of studio art are generally required. You must meet both the unit and portfolio requirements to be admitted at this level. All prospective junior-level applicants are encouraged to meet with an Admissions Counselor for advising. Otis does not accept junior-level transfers in Fashion Design.

   

Studio Credit/
Portfolio

Transfer credit for studio courses in art and design will be granted upon presentation of official transcripts and a proficient portfolio of artwork. Studio credit will not be granted based on a transcript or portfolio alone. Please refer to the portfolio requirements.

   

General Education/
Units

General education requirements are accepted on a class-by-class basis. Transfer students are not required to complete all of the Foundation Year general education classes before entering, but any missing courses must be completed during their education at Otis. Transfer credit is awarded after admission, and is based on evaluation of transcripts submitted as part of the application process. (See chart)

   

California Students
and the IGETC

California community colleges use the IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) to prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The IGETC alone is not effective in preparing a student to transfer to Otis because the curriculum does not include the art and design studio classes taken during Otis’ Foundation Year (drawing, figure drawing, and 2-D and 3-D design).

 

Credit: Students must have earned a grade of “C” or better in each class in order to receive credit. All units must be earned at a regionally accredited institution.

Capstone and Creative Action: Integrated Learning

All Otis students take the College’s signature Creative Action and Capstone courses. These courses cannot be transferred in.

 

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