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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.


Application Requirements for College Graduates


To apply for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA), please submit:

  1. Online Application
  2. Résumé
  3. Statement Autobiographical statement describing your current work and how it relates to your personal and aesthetic philosophy.
  4. Transcripts Official transcripts from the college or university where your earned your Bachelor's degree and official transcripts from any school or college where you studied after earning your Bachelor's degree. This includes community colleges, language institutes, study abroad, etc. International students must submit official foreign language transcripts as well as certified translations.
  5. Portfolio
    Graduate Fine Arts
    Graduate Graphic Design
    Graduate Public Practice
    15 to 20 images  Upload with details for each image to slideroom.com (this link will be sent to you after you have submitted the online portion of the application). You may also include an index with the name of each piece, approximate dimensions, medium, date, and the file type (e.g., jpeg, tiff, gif, mov, mpg).
    Graduate Writing
    Applicants should submit a 15-20 page sample of poetry, non-fiction, or fiction.
  6. Test scores International students, except for Graduate Writing applicants, must submit an English language score. Otis accepts TOEFL, iELTS, and Pearson's Test of English. The minimum score accepted for the computer based TOEFL exam is 250, a score of 100 for the iBT internet-based exam or a score of 600 for the paper based exam. Institutional TOEFL scores are not accepted. The minimum score for the iELTS is a 7.5 overall band score. The minimum score for the Pearson Test of English is a 72.
  7. Three letters of recommendation (optional)

Send materials to:
Otis College of Art and Design
ATTN: Admissions
9045 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Label all application materials clearly with your name and another ID
(date of birth or address).

Admissions Counselors are also happy to review your work with you in person.

Contact us at (310) 665–6820 or admissions@otis.edu


Applicants are usually notified of the Admissions Committee decision within three weeks of receipt of all materials.

Visa Requirements

International Students for admission who require an F-1 student visa must submit the following:

  1. A Verification form will be mailed in the acceptance packet. Students must complete the forms, including a permanent foreign address and a sponsor signature from the parent, sponsor or agency guaranteeing the student's financial resources. Students currently studying within the US will need to get documentation of their status from their current school and have their SEVIS record released to Otis.
  2. A copy of the current passport photo page and the current I-20, I-94 and visa (if applicable).
  3. A bank statement or other documentation from the parent's or sponsor's bank, or sponsoring organization, certifying that sufficient funds (approximately $54,000 USD) for support of the student's education and living expenses are available.
Communication must be in English or accompanied by certified English translation, and funds should be in U.S. dollars. Address these letters to Otis Admissions Office. When all required documents are received, an I-20 will be issued for the student. The student may take this document to U.S. Embassy or Consulate to obtain an F-1 Student Visa.


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