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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Typography III/IV

Students engage in a more advanced study of typographic systems, principles, and usage, with an emphasis on refining the students’ understanding of typography’s informative, expressive, and experimental potential to solve complex communication problems in a range of media.

Prerequisite: COMD218/219 Typography I/ II

Junior Studio Electives

4 units to be taken in the spring semester or Junior year.

Students may select from a wide range of studio elective courses listed below:

 

Advertising Workshop

ADVT 240    2 credits

Introduces students to the world of advertising with real advertising assignments. They analyze famous ad campaigns to learn why they were successful and how they affected American culture. Advertising guest speakers along with field trips to award winning ad agencies in the LA area are scheduled.

 

Senior Project

Students explore conceptual, theoretical, experimental communications problems offering them the opportunity to integrate personal vision with professional goals. In cross-disciplinary teams facilitated by faculty advisors, students define the scope and objectives of their inquiry and outline research and production methodologies.

Course Fee: $100

Advanced Illustrative Applications

Assignments challenge the student to create a range of inventive and effective illustrative solutions, beyond editorial imagery, for alternative applications in a range of media.

Communication Studio III/IV

An increasingly sophisticated examination of illustration concepts and their applications, students broaden their understanding of illustration as visual language in projects that involve research and analysis, focusing on image making, aesthetics, message, audience, and intent with refined use of media and technique.

Prerequisite: For ILUS 301 is ILUS 300

Communication Studio III/IV

This course offers an increasingly sophisticated examination of design concepts and their applications. Students broaden their understanding of effective design as a visual language in two- and three-dimensional projects and time-based media. Assignments involve research and analysis with a focus on type, image, aesthetics, message, audience, and intent. Students are required to take a print (cmyk) section in one semester and motion (rgb) in the other semester.

Prerequisite: For COMD 301 is COMD 300.

Professional Practice

A required course for all majors in Communication Arts, it is divided into three components, traditional portfolio development, web portfolio design, and career development specific to a major. Students will leave this course prepared for an internship and/or employment. Lectures, demos, studio visits, visiting artists, and critiques, collectively prepare students for working in the field of advertising, illustration, and graphic design.

Senior Project

Students explore conceptual, theoretical, and experimental communications problems based on individual proposals, offering them the opportunity to integrate personal vision with professional goals. Meeting in cross-disciplinary teams facilitated by faculty advisors, students define the scope and objectives of their inquiry and outline their research and production methodologies. The class culminates in a visual project accompanied by a written narrative.

Course Fee: $100

Junior Studio Electives

Students may select from a wide rage of studio elective courses related to their department and major. See The Hoot (Otis Course Catalog) for course descriptions.

Drawing & Painting for Illustrators

Students refine their expressive and observational drawing, painting, and composition skills, as they relate to illustration as a means of visual communication. Studio sessions encourage experimentation and improved technique, leading to the development of personal style.

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