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  • Campus offices and facilities are closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

    Ahamnson Hall and Galef Center are open Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24, 9-6.

    Graduate Studios are open to those students who have approved access.

  • Patrons Circle Tour

    May 30| Special Event
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    Otis' Patrons Circle Tour of Downtown L.A.!

    Discover how the creative economy is transforming downtown Los Angeles.  Studios and galleries continue to move to the heart of our city and into areas that were off the beaten path just a year ago. Otis Patrons Circle members will enjoy an Otis-inspired tour of downtown L.A.'s vibrant scene.  

    Tour includes:
    Visit to Kent Twitchell's ('77 MFA) new studio, followed by a short ride to see a few of his downtown murals

    Inside peek of Cynthia Vincent's ('88 Fashion Design) fashion design studio

  • Design Week 2015

    Jun 21| Special Event
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    OTIS’ MFA GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM HOSTS:

    Design Week June 21-27, 2015

    I AM THE CITY

     

    VISITING ARTISTS

    Field Experiments: Benjamin Harrison Bryant, New York and Paul Marcus Fuog, Melbourne And Karim Charlebois-Zariffa, Quebec/NYC

    www.field-experiments.com

     

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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.

Senior Project/Research Paper

This course is aimed at helping students define, analyze, and develop a comprehensive design proposal and creative brief for their senior projects. The course emphasizes critical thinking and writing, and the role of the citizen designer in the twenty-first century.

Required for Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design majors.

Senior Studio Electives

Adversiting major students may select 4 units in the fall semester and 6 units in the spring semester.

Graphic Design major students may select 8 units in the fall semester and 8 units in the spring semester.

Illustration major students may select 6 units in the fall semester and 8 units in the spring semester.

 

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

 

 

Advertising Workshop

ADVT 240    2 credits

Practicum I/II

Practicum is one of the core learning structures in the communication arts curriculum. One-on-one critiques with faculty and guests, lectures, demos, and workshops are all components of each section required of all students, sophomore to senior. Sections are divided by year.

Practicum I/II

Practicum is one of the core learning structures in the communication arts curriculum. One-on-one critiques with faculty and guests, lectures, demos, and workshops are all components of each section required of all students, sophomore to senior. Sections are divided by year.

These courses may be substituted with a studio elective with departmental approval.

Sophomore Studio Electives

Students may select 2 units in the fall semester and 2 units in the spring semester.

 

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

 

 

Advertising Workshop

ADVT 240    2 credits

Practicum I/II

Practicum is one of the core learning structures in the communication arts curriculum. One-on-one critiques with faculty and guests, lectures, demos, and workshops are all components of each section required of all students, sophomore to senior. Sections are divided by year.

 

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