• Otis Family Night

    Oct 21| Special Event

    Be a student for an evening.
    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016
    4:00 – 8:00 PM

    • Hands-on studio workshops taught by Otis faculty

    • A guided exhibition tour of the Ben Maltz Gallery

    President Bruce W. Ferguson and Trustee Kirk Hyde (Otis Parent '00 & '14) invite you to join them for dinner.

    Register by October 14th at

    Cost (includes all activities and dinner)

  • Alumni Open House at The Brewery Art Walk
    October 22, 2016 
    2-6 pm
    Join Otis College of Art And Design for a Brewery Art Walk Open House at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10). Catch up with faculty and fellow alumni, artists, and designers. The Brewery Art Walk is a twice annual open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists. Stop by while touring the studios, open 11am-6pm, and enjoy light refreshments. 

  • Todd Gray

    Oct 25| Lectures

    Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. Gray received an MFA and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown performance work at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), Los Angeles (2010); California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2009); the Commons, New York University (2008); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2008); New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, NY (2007); and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2004).

  • Ruby Neri is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her evocative portrayal of horses.

  • Otis in NYC
    October 27, 2016 
    6 - 8 pm 
    Franklin Parrasch Gallery
    53 East 64 Street
    New York, NY 10065

    Otis College President Bruce W. Ferguson is coming to NYC! 
    Please come say hello and visit with your fellow alumni and friends of Otis College of Art and Design.
    Drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


  • Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 


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:
This course introduces issues and theories that are critical to the field of Visual Culture and representation in art and design. Students will investigate various historical and contemporary representational practices that societies have developed to define, maintain, and institutionalize different categories of visual culture and producers. The course will introduce art historical and critical methodologies, emphasize the importance of cultural diversity in defining and understanding visual culture, teach students how to research information through a variety of library and electronic sources, and reinforce critical reading, thinking, writing and collaboration skills.

AHCS 121 Birth of the Modern:
This course addresses a variety of key issues, problems, and events in art, history, music, literature, science, and design associated with and resulting from the social and cultural changes occurring in the modern world. Students will investigate the relationship of the modern situation to different ways of visual representation, to the cultural interaction of modern cultures with traditional cultures, and with the post-modern criticism of modern ideas and positions.


ENGL 107 Writing in the Digital Age:
The digital environment is transforming reading and writing, giving writers the opportunity to "write" in a wide variety of media. Students will explore the ongoing cultural, technological and social changes that impact our ways of reading and writing, and what does it mean to be literate in the digital world.

LIBS 114 Ways of Knowing:
An interdisciplinary theme/issue driven project based course where first year students look at how knowledge is created in different disciplines and contexts through the foundational skills of inquiry, investigation, and discovery. This course will be paired with another course in a different discipline that is exploring a similar issue/theme.

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