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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Courses and Curricula

Sustainability Minor
Recognizing the innovative role artists and designers can play in solving pressing challenges, the Sustainability Minor provides students with a broad understanding of the social, political, economic and environmental issues that impact the future of humanity and our planet. Students will study and develop strategies and systems, as applicable to art and design, which can meet the needs of current generations without compromising those of future generations. Courses fulfill requirements in Integrated Learning and Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as electives across all studio departments.


Curricular Requirements
The Sustainability Minor requires 13-20 credits of coursework in place of LAS and studio electives. Pursuing a minor does not require additional course work or degree requirements (for the 130 credits for the BFA).

Sophomore Year ILML200 Human Ecology 3.0
Junior Year NSCI309 Science and Sustainable Design 3.0
    * Sustainability Elective 2.0
Sophomore - Senior Year   * Sustainability Elective 2.0 - 9.0
Senior Year LIBS440 Sustainability Capstone 3.0
Total Credits (Depends on Major)     13.0 - 20.0


*A limited choice of IL, LAS and Studio courses in each department, including Continuing Education, will count towards the Sustainability Minor electives, as determined each semester by the Interdisciplinary Studies Director and Department Chairs. The total of elective units must include a minimum of four studio units.

Download the following PDF to see how the Sustainability requirements fit into your chosen major:


For students who entered Otis as Freshman in 2010-2011 (class of 2014)
Sustainability Minor 2010-11


Participating Departments
This minor is open to students in all majors, although Fashion Design and Toy Design majors must take studio electives in their home departments.

Eligibility and Enrollment Requirements
Students must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to pursue a minor. Students may apply for a minor during registration for either the first or second semester of the sophomore year. Under limited circumstances, students may begin a minor in the first semester of the junior year. To do so, a student must have permission from his or her Department Chair, the Director of the Minor area, and the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies. Students will be allowed to register for courses on a space-available basis. Space availability in courses is not guaranteed, but registering early will significantly increase the chances of getting elective classes.

The Application Process
Students need to complete an application form, available on the Interdisciplinary Studies home page and at the Registration Office. The application includes a statement written by the student that describes their reasons for pursuing a minor. The student’s Department Chair, the Director of the Minor area, and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies must approve the application.

Transfer Students
Transfer students who apply for and are approved to pursue a minor upon entering the College need to fulfill degree program requirements through an appropriate combination of transfer courses and courses completed at Otis. Transfer students must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of 2.0, upon entering the College to be eligible for pursuing a Minor.

Sustainability Electives
In addition to the Sustainability Minor the following departments offer courses that focus on Sustainability:

Continuing Education
Fashion Design
Fine Arts

Liberal Arts and Science
Product Design

Public Practice
Toy Design

Course Proposals
Faculty members who are interested in proposing new courses or tagging existing courses as Sustainability Electives must complete the Sustainability Checklist and submit it to the Interdisciplinary Studies Director. (Doc)