Events
  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

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Admissions FAQ

Answers to frequenty asked questions can be found here or you can contact admissions@otis.edu or (310) 665-6820.

Undergraduate FAQs

Applying

Q: How do I request a viewbook?

A: To request a viewbook, complete this form and we’ll mail one to you.

Q: How do I get feedback on my portfolio? Does Otis College participate in Portfolio Day?

A: You can schedule an appointment in our office to meet with an admissions counselor and discuss your portfolio. To schedule, call the Admissions office at 310.665.6820. National Portfolio Day events take place during the fall in cities throughout North America. The College will attend many of the events on the 2016-17 schedule. Portfolio Day is the perfect place to meet admissions counselors from art schools across the country and get recommendations on building your portfolio. To view a list of National Portfolio Day events Otis College will be attending, click here.

Q: Are SAT/ACTs required?

A: While SAT/ACTs test scores are not required for admission, we encourage students to submit them with the rest of their application materials. If you are an international student you will be required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE or an SAT/ACT test score to evaluate your proficiency in English.

Q: Are there specific classes I need to take in high school in order to be accepted?

A: Otis College does not require specific courses to be fulfilled to gain admission. However, all students are required to meet the requirements for high school graduation before enrolling at the College.

Q: Which of my AP classes will you accept for credit?

A: We award credit for AP History, Math and Science if a score of 3 or higher is received. In addition, we also award credit for AP English and Art History if a score of 4 or higher is received. If you meet these score requirements, you will receive exemption from the appropriate Liberal Arts and Sciences course.

Q: Do you require letters of recommendation?

A: Letters of recommendation are not required with your application, but you have the option to submit them with your application materials. If you would like to submit a letter of recommendation, please send a sealed copy to us or have the mentor/teacher email us directly at admissions@otis.edu.

Q: Do you accept the Common App?

A: Otis College has its own online application customized for applicants applying to art school, which can be accessed from www.otis.edu/apply-now.

Q: Can I send you a physical portfolio?

A: All portfolios will be reviewed digitally on SlideRoom and can be uploaded at otis.slideroom.com. Because we aren’t viewing your work in person, it is helpful for us if you use the description boxes to let us know important things about your work like the size, medium, and any critical information about understanding the content of the piece.

Q: Where do I send my supplemental items?

A: Official transcripts and test scores should be sent in sealed envelopes to Otis College of Art and Design, Attn: Admissions, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. If your school is sending them via email directly to us, they should send to admissions@otis.edu. The portfolio and essay should be submitted through SlideRoom.

Q: I received a GED instead of a High School Diploma. What do I need to submit in terms of transcripts?

A: If earned a GED instead of a diploma, you’ll need to submit an official copy of your GED score, as well as official High School transcripts for any schools you may have attended.

Q: If I’m unable to attend, can I defer my application for next year?

A: Admitted students are permitted to defer their acceptance for up to one year. To defer your acceptance, email admissions@otis.edu and state the term that you would like to defer your application to.

Q: Can you double major?

A: Students at Otis College have a variety of ways to tailor their curriculum to their individual interests through their chosen major. While we don’t have double-majors, we have minors and areas of emphasis which allow for a customized educational experience in a range of disciplines.

Transferring

Q: What classes do you require for transfer students?

A: We evaluate each transfer applicant individually to see how the coursework they’ve completed aligns with the curriculum of the program they are applying for. Since we admit students to the foundation year, we don’t require that you’ve completed specific coursework or even studio art courses in order to be admitted. If you are seeking advanced placement in the sophomore year or higher, you should have completed a mixture of general education credits as well as studio art classes that align with the program you are seeking to enter. You will also need a portfolio of work that demonstrates you have the skills required to enter the level you are seeking. Students interested in transferring can have their transcripts evaluated by a counselor at admissions@otis.edu.

Q: Are there certain programs that don’t accept junior level transfer students?

A: At this point in time we do not accept transfer students higher than the sophomore level for the Toy or Fashion Program.

Q: What opportunities for travel do I have as an Otis College student? Does the College have semester-long exchange programs with other schools?

A: Otis College offers a robust travel study program where students can sign-up for classes where part of the course is taught abroad and takes place during the semester. Find out more information on the Travel Study page at www.otis.edu/travel-study-programs. The Exchange Program provides students with the opportunity to study for one semester at a participating art college, a few of which are located abroad in Canada, France, Israel and Netherlands. A list of colleges is available on our website at www.otis.edu/travel-study-programs/exchange-mobility-0.

Financial

Q: What is the deadline to be considered for scholarship? Is a separate application required to be considered?

A: While there isn’t a specific deadline to be considered for merit scholarships, funds are limited so we recommend that you submit your application for admission by the Priority Deadline of February 15th. U.S. Citizens and permanent residents that would like to be considered for financial aid will also need to submit the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov using school code 001251.

Q: Can I attend Otis College part-time?

A: You have to be enrolled as a full-time student in order to receive any merit-based scholarships or financial aid. This would mean maintaining a schedule of at least 12 credits.

Q: What opportunities for internships and jobs do students have?

At Otis College, we have both work-study positions in the school as well as opportunities for our students to participate in internships. We have an annual intern fair where we invite companies from a variety of creative professions to meet our students and discuss internship opportunities. 80 % of our internships are paid positions and many of our students have found that internships can lead to permanent positions after graduation.

Housing

Q: Is there on-campus housing at Otis College?

A: Yes! We opened a new Residence Hall on campus starting fall 2016. The new facility has both single and double rooms, study lounges, a dining hall, cafe, a new student center and much more. For more information, check out our housing page at www.otis.edu/housing-residence-life/housing-details.

Q: Do you need a car?

A: No, the College has a number of ways of supporting students to access the city of Los Angeles as well as the local Westside neighborhoods. This includes everything from public transportation and short-term car rentals. Also, the campus has comprehensive amenities such as a dining hall and art store, with grocery stores and eateries in easy walking distance to campus.

Graduate FAQs

Q: Why can’t I find the option to apply for fall on the application for the MFA Graphic Design program?

A: The MFA Graphic Design program is summer entry only.

Q: The MFA Graphic Design program is described as a limited-residency program. Can I complete the degree online, from a distance and/or without moving to Los Angeles?

A: The program is two years and two months in total and composed of three consecutive full-time summers (completed on-site) with two part-time spring semesters (that can be completed on or off-site). Incoming students begin the program at the start of each summer session. International Students can expect to attend the program full-time throughout in order to maintain student visa requirements.

Q: Does Otis College offer housing for graduate students?

A: Yes, graduate students attending full-time can apply for on-campus student housing. More information is available on the Residence Life page at www.otis.edu/housing-residence-life.

Q: How do graduate students fund their education?

A: Otis graduate students typically fund their education through a combination of scholarship, financial aid, student loans and part-time work. Graduate departments award scholarships based on merit. These scholarships vary in amount and graduate scholarships do not provide full funding. The College offers on-campus work for pre-approved students. These positions vary and include: teaching assistantships, researching assistantships, tutoring, as well as assisting departments with office work, tours and special events.

Q: How can I learn more about the graduate programs? Does Otis College offer tours for prospective graduate students?

A: The admissions office provides daily one-on-one counseling for student interested in the graduate programs. Contact the admissions office to schedule an appointment. Please know that our graduate programs occupy three different locations on the west side of Los Angeles. Graduate Fine Arts is located in Culver City, Graduate Public Practice is located in Santa Monica and Graduate Graphic Design and Writing are located on our main campus in Westchester. However, the main campus offers facilities, workshops and resources shared by all programs. To schedule a tour, please contact gradadmissions@otis.edu or call the Admissions office at 310.665.6820.

Q: Can I take just one or two classes from the graduate curriculum?

A: If you are interested in taking a few classes and not earning a degree, please take a look at the courses offered through our Continuing Education program.

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