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Liberal Arts and Sciences

"On Prop Design" Course Gives Students the Opportunity to Make Connections with Experts, Build Their Own Props

This spring, Otis College of Art and Design juniors and seniors interested in product design had the chance to develop hands-on experience in the creation of film and theater props.

Otis College Mourns Loss of Faculty Member Pamela Blackwell

Otis College faculty member Pamela Blackwell, a noted photographer and educator, passed away on June 11, 2017. "All of us who knew Pamela will miss her deeply, she was a thoughtful instructor who cared deeply about her students," said Otis College president Bruce W. Ferguson. 

Fostering a Creative Community with Jessica Ngo

Creative writer, author, and 2017 Teaching Excellence Award winner Jessica Ngo has been described by students as encouraging, incredibly hardworking, and an expert at giving feedback.

Since joining the Otis College community in 2009, Ngo has helped countless students in the Liberal Arts and Sciences department, one of Otis College's core programs that develops students' skills of articulate expression and critical evaluation. 

Social Change Through Media

After bringing one of her classes to State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda, a traveling exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty member Perri Chasin decided to create a new course that would address the power that media can have in changing public opinion. 

Inside Dia de los Muertos

For the last nine years associate professor Heather Joseph-Witham, Ph.D. has ended up in the cemetery with her students.

Joseph-Witham, an expert in folklore and mythology, teaches social science courses such as “Vampire Lit and Lore,” “Fairy Tales and Myths,” and “The Witch in Religion and Society,” at Otis College of Art and Design. Her “Modern Mysticism and the Afterlife” course, in its ninth year, includes a collaboration with Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Animated Shorts Help Voters Understand The 2016 Election; Otis College Of Art And Design Partners With SeePolitical To Inform The Electorate

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03, 2016  Otis College of Art and Design students partnered with voter education platform SeePolitical to empower voters by providing key ballot and process information via fun, animated videos. The nonpartisan digital shorts are produced in collaboration with Otis Digital Media students and the Los Angeles-based creative agency Imaginary Forces.

Students Stage Stories from the Lives of Seniors

Otis students stand with Ralph Seaton, a magician, poet, and one of the seniors that was featured in the performance.

Left to right - Terence Colby (actor), Skye Stevenson, Mary Francis, Angelica Cortez and Ralph Seaton.

 

Otis Faculty present at AICAD Symposium

 

Otis Faculty Present at AICAD

Recent Contributions by Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty

An artist book through by art history lecturer Mario Cutajar is now available on Amazon.com. A palimpsest of two unrelated texts, through brings together a four-line quotation from Brecht's 1926 poem "Of Poor B.B." and a sequence of images generated by keywords lifted from a dream journal and plugged into Google's image search.

Case Study: The iPad at Otis College

Liberal Arts and Sciences Chair Debra Ballard presents a case study on teaching with iPads.

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