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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.


What LAS courses do I need for my major?

Please go to the Course Catalogues. The one for you is dated to your Foundation or what would be your Foundation year if you transferred. Look under "Degree Requirements" for a full listing of what LAS courses you will need to take to complete your major. Also see Breakdown of LAS Courses.

When do I take my Liberal Arts & Science courses?
Foundation: Your LAS courses are determined by the section you selected.
Sophomores: Take courses Monday at 3:15 pm and all day Tuesdays.
Juniors: Take courses all day Wednesdays and 8:00 - 11:00 am on Fridays.
Seniors: Take courses on Thursday.

How am I advised for Liberal Arts & Sciences?
Advisement is a two step process:

1. Using your four-year degree audit, Carrie Malcom, Academic Advising Coordinator,  determines the required LAS courses for your major. The recommended LAS courses are then filled out on the degree audit and sent to your Studio Department. 
2. When you meet with your Studio Department, you will be given your studio classes along with the degree audit with the LAS courses needed to take for the coming semester.  You will create your schedule from your required studio and LAS classes.  LAS classes and course descriptions are posted outside the LAS office and also online at Registration and Records.

We expect each student to take the courses listed on their advisement form. However, if there are any questions or concerns regarding your LAS courses please contact the Academic Advising Coordinator, Carrie Malcom, via phone (310) 846-2550 or email cmalcom@otis.edu

Once you have a complete advisement form, you register online.

What if I am interested in taking an Independent Studies course? 
Preconditions: There is not a similar class being offered (now or later that you could take), your overall GPA is 3.0, a faculty member listed on the LAS door wants to study with you, or you completed the honors program.

Procedure: Write a letter to the chair of LAS, Debra Ballard, outlining your proposed course of study, what you want to do, and who you will do it with. Also address the above preconditions. Debra Ballard will then meet with you to discuss your Independent Study proposal.

What if I have Transfer Credit?
Transfer credit is determined by the Admissions office during the application for enrollment process. 
All transcripts from all schools should be submitted at that time. 
If you have any questions regarding your Transfer credit after you have registered for classes, you should contact Carrie Malcom.

What is Interdisciplinary studies?
Visit interdisciplinary studies (aka minors) for more information.

What if I have a diagnosed disability?
Please visit the SRC for information.