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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.


Curricular Practical Training

CPT Overview

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an off-campus employment option available to F-1 students when the training (i.e. internship or employment) is considered an integral part of the established curriculum and directly related to the student’s major. “Training” refers to paid or unpaid work/study experience, internships, or cooperative education.



CPT can only be used during a student’s program of study.

CPT must be renewed each semester

CPT approved for part-time (20h or less per week) or full-time (20+ hours per week).  Full-time CPT granted for summer semester only.

  • Students who use 12 full months of full-time CPT become ineligible for OPT under US immigration law.
  • NOTE: if you work 6 months of full-time CPT you will not affect the 12 months of OPT
  • Use of part-time CPT does not affect OPT
  • Consider applying for pre-completion OPT if your degree program is not eligible for CPT



You are eligible for CPT if:

  • Lawfully enrolled as full-time student for one academic year (fall + spring semester)
  • You will earn your degree from Otis College

Other requirements:

  • Must have an employment/training offer related to your major area of study
  • Students authorized for part time CPT (20 hours or less per week) must be enrolled in a minimum of 10 credits for graduates and 12 credits for undergraduates each semester they engage in CPT. Students authorized for full time CPT (more than 20 hours per week) must be enrolled in at least one credit hour each semester they engage in CPT.
  • Students who have completed their program requirements and are merely delaying graduation to make use of CPT are NOT eligible.


CPT Employment Duration & Limitations
  • Approval granted each semester.
  • You must reapply prior to each semester if interning multiple semesters.
  • Not permitted to work until you receive an I-20 authorizing specific CPT dates
  • Approved for a specific employer and a specific time period


Application Procedure
  • Meet with your Department Chair and/or Instructor; request that s/he complete the CPT Authorization Request Form
  • Obtain detailed internship offer letter (see template)
  • Submit application to the Center for Creative Professions (CCP)
  • Pick up CPT I-20 after you have been notified via email by CCP
  • Obtain an Social Security Number (paid internships only)