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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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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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