Liberal Arts and Sciences

creativity, diversity, identity,
sustainability, and social responsibility

Our strong Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) curriculum supports and expands your art and design training at Otis College. We build your LAS experience around five themes: creativity, diversity, identity, sustainability, and social responsibility. Through courses that emphasize critical thinking in writing, visual literacy, the sciences, and art history, you’ll cultivate an understanding of context and culture. Our program encourages you to develop a persistent self-reflective stance, a willingness to rethink traditional categories, and an opportunity to explore newly evolving realities. You’ll learn to question the obvious and to reaffirm enduring values. You’ll be able articulate your own ideas and critically evaluate other ideas. We aim to help you appreciate what shaped the world you inherit, and understand the cultural context of today so you can better shape the future.

Debra Ballard portrait

"Through the themes of creativity, diversity, identity, sustainability, and social responsibility, the Liberal Arts Curriculum cultivates an understanding of context and culture, a persistent self-reflective stance, a willingness to rethink traditional categories, and an opportunity to explore newly evolving realities, questioning the obvious and reaffirming that which is of enduring value. Through the power of articulate expression and skilled critical evaluation, you can enrich your understanding, appreciation, respect, awe, and pleasure at the incredibly diverse record of human creativity and the immense vista of imagination that preceded you and shaped the world you inherit."

Debra Ballard, Chair, Liberal Arts and Sciences

 

 

Question the Obvious Reaffirm Enduring Values

Courses in Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) will enhance your ability to construct meaning as an artist or designer.

You will develop an understanding of context and culture, a persistent self-reflective stance, a willingness to rethink traditional categories, and an opportunity to explore newly evolving realities.

As you develop skills in articulate expression and critical evaluation, you will gain a deep respect and awe for human creativity and imagination.

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