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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.

  • 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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Digital Media

Digital Media students learn to communicate and tell stories through art, motion, and design.

In Digital Media, students learn to tell compelling stories through Animation, Game & Entertainment Design, and Motion Design. Otis students acquire real-world skills from leading designers, artists, and entrepreneurs. With a fundamental understanding of digital tools and their creative applications, graduates meet the demands of a diverse and expanding job market in visual storytelling for film, television, video games, apps, and the Web. Recent employers include Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, WETA, ILM, Sony Imageworks, Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, Blind, Brand New School, Imaginary Forces, Troika, Zoic, Sony Online Entertainment, and Blizzard.

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ANIMATION

Animation students bring characters and stories to life through the magic of computer animation. Using a wide variety of techniques, from traditional 2-D animation to 3-D computer-generated imagery (CGI), students learn to develop narratives that evoke emotion and create the illusion of movement. Special emphasis is placed on storytelling, character design, and acting, as well as traditional drawing skills and business acumen. Animation Career Magazine named us a top animation program in the West.

 
MOTION DESIGN

Motion Design combines typography, graphics, filmmaking, video, images, and sound to communicate ideas. Dynamic visuals for commercials, title design for feature films, TV shows, and websites, and the new and growing field of motion sequences in films and games—all are examples of Motion Design, in which students develop arresting time-based visual imagery that can be applied in a wide range of entertainment fields.

 

GAME & ENTERTAINMENT DESIGN

In Game & Entertainment Design, students learn to create the visual elements for games, apps, feature films, and other entertainment platforms. Students develop their skills in concept art and visual development, learning the principles and processes involved in creating the first visual representations of characters, environments, and props for films and games. Students also develop the skills to design the gameplay, environment, storyline, and characters of interactive games, apps, and websites. Using the most advanced CGI technologies, students acquire the techniques to create stunning visual effects for films, commercials, and videos.