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  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Though Shila Khatami’s paintings make use of pop cultural references—sometimes the titles quote Blondie or Cyndi Lauper lyrics—her works are ultimately about the tradition and material possibilities of painting. As the base for these works, Khatami uses readymade or manufactured objects found in common hardware stores, such as smooth sheets of aluminum, fiberboards, pegboards, and phonic isolation foam. Her painting process includes a wide range of non-traditional tools, like rubber bands and masking tape, and methods such as rolling, dripping, and scoring.

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Patrick Jackson studied at San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the University of Southern California (MFA). In May 2017, Patrick Jackson will have a solo exhibition at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco.

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Writing Placement

The Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) is a one-hour timed essay designed to assess your English reading and writing proficiency. The assessment is used to place you in the level-appropriate English course. We do not want to place you in a course that is too easy because you have come to college to be challenged, to learn and to grow. However, we do not want to place you in an English course that is too hard because we want to support your success at Otis.


FAQs >

Who has to take this assessment?

All incoming first-year and transfer students excluding anyone with a prior degree from an accredited college or university where instruction was in English, scored 529 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading, or scored 22 or higher on the ACT.

I have transfer credit. Do I still need to take this assessment?

Yes, even if the transfer credit is for an English course. All incoming first-year and transfer students must take the assessment unless they are waived because they have a prior degree from an accredited college or university where instruction was in English, scored 529 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading, or scored 22 or higher on the ACT.

What are the classes I can place into?

This course will focus on popular culture and what it means to communicate in today’s technological and media rich world.

  • Writing in the Digital Age (ENGL 107)
  • Writing in the Digial Age - Honors (ENGL 107)
  • Writing in the Digital Age - iPad (ENGL 107)
  • Writing in the Digital Age + 1 (ENGL 107 and 1 unit Writing Lab)

These courses will focus on helping you develop more writing skills and fluency with English.

  • English as a Foreign Language (ENGL 020)
  • Developmental English I (ENGL 050)
  • Developmental Englsih II (ENGL 090)
  • Linked Developmental English II (ENGL 090)

Can I use a dictionary?

Yes. You can consult handheld dictionaries during the exam.

Is the assessment online?

Yes.

What is Examity?

Examity is an online proctoring service. Otis is using it in summer 2016 to administer the WPA. Once you have deposited, you will receive an email with information on how to access Examity and schedule your exam. Here is the Examity Student Quick Guide.

What is a good strategy for taking this assessment?

A proctor will call time after 60 mintues. Be sure to spend the entire time on the essay. Spend 5-10 minutes outlining how you want to approach the question, 40-45 minutes writing your essay, and 5-15 minutes proofreading. It helps us better assess your writing level if you develop your ideas as fully as possible. The more you write, the more we have to assess your writing skills.

What if I need special accommodations?

If you need them, contact Students with Disabilities Services at 310-846-2554.

Do you expect my essay to be perfect?

No. We know it is a timed exam and that you would revise if you had more time.

What assessment criteria do the faculty use in determining placement?

WPA Scoring Guide (PDF).

What if I do not think my results are really representative of my writing abilities?

You may appeal your assessment by following the appeal process (PDF).



 

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