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  • Marissa Johnen


    Current Setup

    Closing Reception: Friday, April 25, 6-9pm.
    Exhibition Runs: April 21 - 25
    Helen Bolsky Gallery
    Otis College of Art and Design
    9045 Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045
  • “Foregrounds” is a show exploring how we listen to sounds. It utilizes field recordings by blending songs and spoken word pieces with the soundscapes in which we listen to them – whether it be played along with Los Angeles traffic, the sound of a meal being prepared, or waves at the beach. Presented by DJ Derek (Corn), DJ Nasera (Alayon), DJ Max (Miles) of the Otis Radio class.


  • HOT & HE∆VY

    Apr 28| Special Event


  • Tour I: Artists Studios

    May 03| Continuing Education

    Fee: $75
    In conjunction with Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad

    Curators Meg Linton and Jeseca Dawson lead a tour of artists studios located "inside the quad." Tour includes transportation, lunch, and snacks.

  • student runway show

    May 03| Special Event

    The annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel is L.A.'s largest runway show. Featuring student designs created with mentors during the 2013-14 year, the show raises $1 million for student scholarships. Awardees this year include Leon Max, Michael Egeck, and Isabel and Ruben Toledo.

  • telefunk samples

    May 05| Special Event



    Destress from a long day of classes with chill/relax music and little talk radio presented by DJ-Rice (Alan Chen), DJ-Tofu (Sam Wu), and Andre Style (Andrew Chung) of the Otis Radio class.


Sophomore English

Sophomore English
ENGL 202*
Students may select from a wide range of LAS English courses listed below:


Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL202 — 3 credits
This course focuses on the fundamentals of creative writing including fiction, drama, and poetry; and the study and application of forms, techniques, and literary elements. Workshop experience provides an opportunity for analyzing and critiquing student writing.
ENGL202 — 3 credits
From Jesus of Nazareth’s Sermon on the Mount to Winston Churchill’s rallying a beleaguered Britain, to General Douglas MacArthur’s “Old Soldiers Never Die,” to Susan B. Anthony’s call for women’s suffrage, this course contains the finest examples of speechmaking and speechwriting in human experience. Historical context, techniques, and audience are analyzed with students applying these insights to their writing and delivering of speeches.
Introduction to the Short Story
ENGL202 — 3 credits
This course includes reading and discussion of selected short stories emphasizing analysis, interpretation, and evaluation. The course focuses on the short story as a genre and as a source of significant insight into the human condition.
Film as Literature
ENGL202 — 3 credits
Students analyze narrative conventions in works of literary fiction and in film with attention to the similarities and differences between literacy and film art. They learn to appreciate the literature devices and styles evident in individual works and the commentary made by these works on moral, social, and aesthetic issues. The course includes discussion of adaptation issues.
Interpretation of Fairy Tales
ENGL202 — 3 credits
Fairy tale characters are archetypal images that are present at the deepest level of our psyches. They have endured because they portray a vivid psychological reality through which readers can gain an understanding of themselves. This course analyzes selected fairy tales from many points of view.
African American Narratives
ENGL202 — 3 credits
There is no one monolithic “African American community,” therefore this course studies a broad sampling of various narratives dealing with African American experiences. Some of the themes explored deal with questions of identity and community, assimilation and nationalism, interracial relations, classroom and artistic freedom.
Digital Storytelling
ENGL202 — 3 credits
Technology and the age-old craft of storytelling intersect. This hands-on course explores the art and craft of storytelling in new formats like the web, videos, and other nonlinear media. Students will conceive, design, and develop a fully functional multimedia story and learn about writing, plot character development, interactivity, and much more along the way. 
Literature and Madness
ENGL202 — 3 credits
Students will read poems, fiction, and nonfiction to study how mental illness is depicted in literature. Through works such as The Bell Jar, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Catcher in the Rye, students will explore various identities, the creative process, and the representation of mental illness in society and literature.
Harry Potter: Literary Tradition and Popular Culture
ENGL202 — 3 credits
This course will examine the Harry Potter phenomenon in terms of its folkloric origins, literary structure, and its effect on popular culture. Students will critically analyze the various themes and values expressed through J. K. Rowling’s books in an effort to understand how and why Harry Potter has made reading fun again. 
Text and Image
ENGL202 — 3 credits
The class will examine a range of image-text relationships from alphabet formation to the textbased work of contemporary visual artists such as Xu Bin, Hanne Darboven, and Barbara Kruger. Studies will extend from William Blake’s “visible language” through “concrete” poems by the likes of e.e. cummings and Guillame Apollinaire to ekphrasis and the use of “image narrative” in contemporary poetry. The class will address image-text relationships in photographic books such as Jim Goldberg’s Rich and Poor and in Trenton Doyle’s graphic novel Me a Mound, as well as the ways in which image-text converge on the big screen and electronic media.
Reel Docs: Truth through Film
ENGL202 — 3 credits
This course will present nonfiction cinema about real individuals and critical issues that shape our lives and the world in which we live. Focusing on documentaries as agents of social change, we will encourage dialogue and exchange, examining the stories, the processes and the creative possibilities available through the art of nonfiction filmmaking.
Creative Nonfiction
ENGL202 — 3 credits
Writers of creative nonfiction may use the standard elements of fiction or poetry to write about current events, personal experiences, or social issues. In this course, students will be exposed to the different techniques, styles, structures, and strategies of writing creative nonfiction, through the use of readings, exercises, and practice. They will enhance their writing skills using the tools presented, as well as observation and reflection.
Time Travel Narratives
ENGL202 — 3 credits
This online course taught in summer offers an adventurous journey into the multiple timeline theories found in literature, film, anime, and television. Students will explore a variety of temporal narratives and discuss the significance and implications of time travel theories in an ever advancing society where science fiction regularly becomes science fact. Also examined will be related issues concerning social responsibility, ethics, and human sustainability that arise in the Time Travel discourse.
Original Young Adult Novels
ENGL202 — 3 credits
Before Harry Potter, before Twilight, even before the term “young adult” was used for books, there were novels that explored the landscape of adolescence. Some of the literature explored in this class will be Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, Carson McCuller’s A Member of the Wedding, Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, among others and discuss the role of the adolescent in literature. In this course, characters, point-of-view, setting, and structure will be studied in order to better comprehend the role of the young adult in literature. 
Brave New World: Shakespeare in Film and Literature
ENGL202 — 3 credits
Brave New World is an overview of the literary mastery of William Shakespeare. His storytelling genius will be considered through its ongoing relationship to another key and influential storytelling medium—film. In this class, three or four of Shakespeare’s plays will be closely studied and viewed their film adaptations. The course will introduce the elements of literature and explore how they can provide a structure for better understanding and analyzing literary and visual texts. Classroom discussion and writing assignments will focus on textual comprehension and discernment of style.
Developing You: Foundations in Leadership
ENGL202 — 3 credits
Developing You: Foundations in Leadership will focus on leadership and identity development. The course will span the spectrum of leadership theory and emerging trends of chaos theory and sustainable leadership. Student will have an opportunity to develop their working understanding of leadership and will be challenged to “shadow” an individual that is “living” leadership. Students will also role play and develop presentations that turn theory into practice. Students will explore their own leadership style through participation in the national research project LPI—Leadership Practice Inventory.