• 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. 

  • Looking at the recent works of Sebastian Stumpf one finds an interplay between performance and the recording of performance, between the execution of a physical act and the documentation of it by means of a camera. [He] operates in two distinct realms: in the empty spaces of contemporary art institutions and in urban settings with their preexisting orders. […] An inconspicuous architectural detail suddenly becomes the catalyst for a physical exploit…. The art gallery becomes a space for action.

  • Passionate Voices Expressed in Sound Bearing Plastic: An Evening with Collector Richard Shelton

  • Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for the docu-series This Is Me, as well as a Producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.


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?


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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