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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


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/

(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.



(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. Otis does not accept junior-level transfers in Fashion Design.


Studio Credit/

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/

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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