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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.

 
 
 
 
 
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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.