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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.


Course/Credit Breakdown

Distribution Requirements
Liberal Arts and Sciences courses make up 1/3 of the course requirements for graduation. These are distributed among Art History, English, Liberal Studies, Social Sciences, Mathematics and Natural Sciences depending on the studio major.

Categories of Courses
Foundation (FNDT) Courses:
Students in all majors are required to fulfill Art History, English, and Liberal Studies courses listed below in their first year.
(Based on the Writing Placement Test, students may be required to take the following prerequisites: ENGL020, ENGL050, or ENGL 090.)

Foundation (FNDT) Courses

AHCS120 Introduction to Visual Culture (3)
AHCS121 Birth of the Modern (3)
ENGL107 Writing in the Digital Age (3)
LIBS114 Ways of Knowing (3)

Required Courses
Students are required to fulfill Art History, Capstone, English, Creative Action, Liberal Studies, and Social Science within the categories below.

Credits Breakdown

  A/L/I Communication Arts Digital Media Fashion Design Fine Arts Product Design Toy Design
Art History
Foundation 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Required 12 6 6 8 6 6 6
Foundation 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Social Sciences
Required 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Required 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Natural Sciences
Required 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Required Elective Courses
Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS)              
Foundation 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Required 6 12 9 6 9 9 0
Creative Action              
Required 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
LAS Capstone              
Required 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
LAS Total Credits 45 45 42 42 42 42 42

The above information can also be found in the Hoot (course catalog).