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"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 in Malawi

Check out Part One of our story on Creative Action's partnership with Jacaranda School For Orphans. "Every day for the next week, Otis teams implemented designs on campus they had developed in a semester-long “Creative Action” course culminating in this trip. They had drawn up problem-solving projects after Skyping with Jacaranda kids to gauge their needs and desires, collected materials and brought them to Malawi."

InStyle: These 3 Students Just Won a Disney Fashion Competition, and You Can Buy Their Designs

Reprinted from InStyle July 18, 2017 

"On July 14, the winners of Disney's Frozen fashion competition were announced and three students took home scholarship prizes.

The grand winner, Alice Xuan, designed two bohemian Venice beach-inspired looks that are available for purchase, while the second and third place winners, Minji Park and Jinny Song, each have one look available.

Move over Project Runway, because Disney is trying its hand at finding the next great American fashion designer.

Otis College Students Draw 'La La Land'

Taking a cue from La La Land and its love for the city of stars, we’ve put together a few sketches of some inspiring spots in Los Angeles. The featured artwork was created over several years by students in Gary Geraths' Landscape Drawing class. 

Otis College at the L.A. Art Book Fair This Weekend

Otis College of Art and Design is exhibiting at Printed Matter’s L.A. Art Book Fair 2017 this weekend, February 24 – February 26, 2017. Held at The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 300 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers.

What Do You Love About Creating?

We asked Otis College of Art and Design students what they love about creating. "I love art because it grants you the ability to create a world," said digital media major Luke Javellana. "You can help characters fall in love, you can help them conquer their fears, and you can help them grow. In that way, I think it's special because it resonates with people." Watch the full video to hear from more students on why they love to create. 

Fine Arts Students Exhibit at Photo LA

Fine arts students from Otis College are exhibiting at Photo L.A., the international photographic art exposition, through January 15 in downtown Los Angeles. 

Exhibiting students include Ceci Arana (Senior), Alexis Brazet (Senior), Emmanuelle Castellan (Senior), Camille Chorin (Senior), Jonathan Colin (Sophomore), Sherri Green (Junior), Dakota Higgins (Senior), April Oh (Senior), Pamela Ramos (Junior), and Michelle Peters (Senior). 

Finding Inspiration at the Museum

A group of Otis College assembled in the open courtyard of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on a sun-filled Tuesday morning. They were visiting the museum in what has become a cornerstone of the Foundation year at Otis College.

The Foundation program is part of the core curriculum and provides an opportunity for students to build a platform of skills, knowledge, and experience that supports them in the future, both educationally and professionally. It provides an experiential understanding of the rich relationships between all of the art and design disciplines.

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Above: Students exploring Joint Venture at the DAC Gallery. Photo: Allison Knight

'LA Weekly': The Explosive Way a Pair of Artists Stood Up to Cultural Stereotyping...

Reprinted from LA Weekly Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"On a Sunday in mid-November, just days after the election of Donald Trump, David Roy and Forouzan Safari drove from L.A. to the desert outside Victorville for an amateur rocket launch.