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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event
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    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.

     

  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures
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    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
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  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
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    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.

    ghebaly.com/artists/joel-kyack

  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.

     

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First Year Curriculum

As a Foundation student at Otis College of Art and Design, you are encouraged to explore all facets of the creative world and develop critical skills through a variety of Liberal Studies and Studio courses.

 
 
 
 
 
Art History >
 

AHCS 120 Introduction to Visual Culture

 
You will be introduced in this course to issues that are critical to the field of Visual Culture and representation in Fine Arts and Design.

You will investigate various historical and contemporary representational practices that societies have developed to define, maintain, and institutionalize different categories of visual culture and visual producers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AHCS 121 Modern Art History
 
In this class you will explore the major modern artistic movements of Europe and North America from 1840 to 1960, covering Romanticism through Abstract Expressionism.

You will be challenged to investigate the crucial issues, arguments, artists and works of the avant-garde during the modern period.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  English >
 
ENGL 104 CriticalAnalysis and Semiotics
 

Semiotics is the study of symbols and signs. Within this course you will be exposed to the world of semiotics (cultural signs) and the topics examined will concern popular culture with a special emphasis on gender studies, media literacy, the American national character, and issues of power and ideology.

You will be challenged to "question everything" and see that "everything is connected."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ENGL 106 Composition and Critical Thought
 

The theme for this course is “The Self and Others,” exploring issues of social responsibility in a world of globalization.

The intent of this course is to help you express ideas and convey information in writing with logical reasoning, critical reflection and adequate factual support with clarity of purpose, organization and language. In addition students will be critically exploring online writing including blogs and emails.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ENGL 106 Resources
 
Composition Student Handbook available in O-Space.
Sample MLA Essay from The College Writers Reference (PDF)
Sample MLA Essay II from the Owl at Purdue (WEB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Social Science >
 
SSCI 130 Cultural Studies
 
Here is a course in a new field where you will learn a new way to study culture! Cultural studies has emerged as an exciting discipline as it seeks to view cultures using an interdisciplinary approach which sheds further light upon the human condition and its behaviors.

You will enter into this interdiscursive space in order to view the fluid world of cultures, both singular and multiple, in a new and less traditional manner.