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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.


Fashion Design

Innovation in fashion design results from a rigorous process of developing and editing ideas that address specific design challenges. Students in our program become educated and practiced in all aspects of the design process as they work towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fashion Design.  With a student to faculty ratio of approximately 13:1, our intensive program features current and visible designers, who serve as mentors, working in tandem with expert, professional faculty to facilitate beneficial learning experiences. In the heart of the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles, Fashion Design boasts student access to the largest selection of textiles and notions in the U.S. just outside our doors. With abundant resources and references at their fingertips, students produce original designs and develop collections for their portfolio throughout their studies. In their Junior and Senior years, they have the opportunity to work in teams to create unique designs under the guidance of mentors, emulating professional designers and following the industry's seasonal schedule. Students emerge from our program as creative professionals prepared for the industry. Recent mentors for Juniors and Seniors include Ruben & Isabel Toledo, A|X, Anthropologie, Billabong, Halston, Patagonia, Nike, BCBG, Hurley, Urban Outfitters, Roxy, Disney, Johnny Was, and Cirque du Soleil. Junior and Senior designs are featured at the annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, and showcased in the Neiman Marcus windows in Beverly Hills.

Fashion Design majors may opt to declare a Sustainability Minor.  Please see Minors for more information.

Fashion Design majors also have the option of studying with an emphasis on Costume Design.

Visit our blog and see student projects take shape in our studios.


At the completion of the program Students in the Fashion Design Department will be able to:

  • Adapt their artistic abilities to support their future design careers.
  • Develop a systematic, critical approach to problem solving at all levels of the design process.
  • Articulate design ideas verbally, visually, and digitally.
  • Assess, propose, and apply various techniques related to drafting, draping, and constructing garments.
  • Relate the design process to the appropriate manufacturing process.
  • Demonstrate professionalism by managing time to meet deadlines with quality work and effectively collaborating in teams.
  • Research and relate fashion design to a broader socio economic, historical, and environmental context.


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