• Otis Family Night

    Oct 21| Special Event

    Be a student for an evening.
    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016
    4:00 – 8:00 PM

    • Hands-on studio workshops taught by Otis faculty

    • A guided exhibition tour of the Ben Maltz Gallery

    President Bruce W. Ferguson and Trustee Kirk Hyde (Otis Parent '00 & '14) invite you to join them for dinner.

    Register by October 14th at

    Cost (includes all activities and dinner)

  • Alumni Open House at The Brewery Art Walk
    October 22, 2016 
    2-6 pm
    Join Otis College of Art And Design for a Brewery Art Walk Open House at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10). Catch up with faculty and fellow alumni, artists, and designers. The Brewery Art Walk is a twice annual open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists. Stop by while touring the studios, open 11am-6pm, and enjoy light refreshments. 

  • Todd Gray

    Oct 25| Lectures

    Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. Gray received an MFA and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown performance work at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), Los Angeles (2010); California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2009); the Commons, New York University (2008); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2008); New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, NY (2007); and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2004).

  • Ruby Neri is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her evocative portrayal of horses.

  • Otis in NYC
    October 27, 2016 
    6 - 8 pm 
    Franklin Parrasch Gallery
    53 East 64 Street
    New York, NY 10065

    Otis College President Bruce W. Ferguson is coming to NYC! 
    Please come say hello and visit with your fellow alumni and friends of Otis College of Art and Design.
    Drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


  • Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 



Subject Matter in Art Competency Evaluations

Proving Subject Matter Competency is just one step in earning a CA Teaching Credential. As a CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing Approved Subject Matter in Art Program, the combined coursework of Otis' ACT: Teacher Credential Preparation minor with the Painting, Photography, or Sculptures/New Genres BFA requirements satisfy the CA Subject Matter in Art requirements (MS Word Doc), allowing students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to waive the CSET (California Subject Exam for Teachers). A fifth year of study at another institution, or a two year internship at a CTC approved K-12 school, is required to complete the remaining CA Single Subject Credential requirements.


Non-Otis ACT: Teacher Credential Preparation students who hold a BFA and/or MFA from another institution can apply to waive the CA Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET) in Art by completing the steps outlined below. Evaluation of Subject-Matter in Art Competency takes 6-8 weeks to complete and there is no guarantee of CSET Waiver approval. Applicants are encouraged to review the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing's Subject Matter in Art Requirements (MS Word Doc) before applying.


Applicants will be granted a CSET Waiver only if they have successfully completed courses for college credit that cover all the Subject Matter in Art Domains listed on the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing's Subject Matter in Art Requirements. If it is found that certain Subject Matter in Art Domains are missing, they can choose to take the CSET or to reapply for a Waiver after completing recommended college level courses covering the missing Domains, either through the Teacher Credential Preparation track of Otis’ Art Education Certificate Program offered by Continuing Education or another college or university of their choice.


How to apply for a CSET Waiver:

• Complete the SMArtCE application form [PDF] and mail to the address below along with:
1. Official transcripts (from each college/university you attended)
2. Course descriptions (photocopied from course catalog) of all courses to be evaluated.
3. 10-20 images of work and/or 5-10 min. of video on CD, DVD, or URL that represents the breadth of required art coursework.
4. $80.00 (Master Card, Visa or Check Payable to Otis College of Art and Design, with "SMArtCE" in the memo line)
5. A self-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials and evaluation results.
• Mail SMArtCE materials to:
ATTN: ACT Program / SMArtCE
Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90045



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