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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.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • 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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Product Design Courses

Independent Study

1 - 4 credits

Independent studies provide students with opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with faculty in an area of interest that expands their expertise.  Application for independent study with a project proposal are submitted to the Department Chair for review and approval

Independent Study

1 - 4 credits

Independent studies provide students with opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with faculty in an area of interest that expands their expertise.  Application for independent study with a project proposal are submitted to the Department Chair for review and approval

Senior Studio Electives

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

Digital Design V/VI

 

Focuses on a full range of strategies and skills required to organize accumulated work into a market-ready professional portfolio and presentation. Emphasis is on developing a proficiency in tactical presentation strategies that deliver impact with visual and rhetorical force that will persuade the audience. In-class projects complement the main Design Studio, Thesis and Senior Show projects.

Professional Practice I/II

 

Explore emerging technologies and interaction design based upon user experience research.  Students apply functional analysis techniques, task and user modeling methodologies that lead to strategic thinking in their designs. Emphasis is on developing a proficiency in communicating and presenting complex information in simple terms for client presentation and product development. In class projects complement the main Design Studio and thesis projects.

Co-requisites: PRDS 400/401 Design Studio V/VI.

Integrated Design Studio V/VI

 

Explore emerging technologies and interaction design based upon user experience research.  Students apply functional analysis techniques, task and user modeling methodologies that lead to strategic thinking in their designs. Emphasis is on developing a proficiency in communicating and presenting complex information in simple terms for client presentation and product development. In class projects complement the main Design Studio and thesis projects.

Co-requisites: PRDS 400/401 Design Studio V/VI.

Design Studio V/VI

Emphasis is on advancing each student's product design skills towards a professional level.  The focus is on research, the application of a creative and design process and the integration of strategic thinking and user experience to their projects.  Students can elect to have a focus on hard-goods or soft-goods products or both.  Emphasis is placed on developing product lines and brands.  In the second semester students develop a thesis project in an area of their choice.  The semester culminates in the design of the Senior Exhibition, which showcases the student’s individual work to

Digital Design III/IV

 

An advanced computer lab intended to build upon principles introduced in Digital Design II.  Students explore various 3D software applications to expand CAD design skills and the use of computer program output information for computer-aided rapid prototyping technology, fabrication methods and presentation.

Co-requisites: PRD300/301 Design Studio III/IV.

Integrated Design III/IV

 

Focuses on the process of creativity to enhance personal vision, creative insight, problem solving and innovative thinking. Through a series of projects, students learn to think laterally and express their ideas through the integration of research, resource, art and design, color, texture, materials and methods and various technologies.

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