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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event
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    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.

     

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
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  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
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    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.

    ghebaly.com/artists/joel-kyack

  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.

     

  • High&Low Bureau is a curatorial duo composed of Yael Messer and Gilad Reich. They curate exhibitions, film programs, performative events and publications, while engaging with a plethora of disciplines, media and modes of artistic expression.Their curatorial practice is dedicated to the exploration of artistic strategies that reflect on, and suggest alternatives to, specific social-political conditions.

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Transfer Students

Taking the right classes before transferring is an important step in a smooth transition into Otis’ art and design programs. If your portfolio of artwork demonstrates the necessary well-developed drawing, design, and creative thinking skills, you will be admitted at the sophomore or junior level. You must also have completed general education requirements such as English, social sciences, and art history.

Sophomore Transfer
(Fall admission only)

To enter Otis at the sophomore level, you must have completed a minimum of 18 semester units of studio art. It is also advisable that you complete at least 15 transferable general education units. Please refer to the chart, and contact the Admissions Office for information on which general education courses to take.

   

Jump Start Program
for Architecture/
Landscape/Interiors

(Spring admission only)

Transfer students interested in the Architecture/ Landscape/Interiors (A/L/I) program have a unique opportunity to “jump start” as a first-semester sophomore in the spring semester. In the Jump Start Program, you
complete the first semester of the sophomore year in the spring, and then immediately complete the second semester of the sophomore year during the summer, allowing you to be a junior in the fall. In order to stay on track and graduate on time, both spring and summer semesters must be completed.

   

Second-Semester
Sophomore

(Spring admission only)

Transfer applicants with at least 27 semester units of studio art and design may apply for second-semester sophomore status in Architecture/ Landscape/Interiors, Communication Arts, Digital Media, Fine Arts, and Product Design. (See chart).

 

   

Junior Transfer
(Fall admission only)

Junior-level transfer applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Between 36 and 40 semesters units of studio art are generally required. You must meet both the unit and portfolio requirements to be admitted at this level. All prospective junior-level applicants are encouraged to meet with an Admissions Counselor for advising. Otis does not accept junior-level transfers in Fashion Design. Otis does not accept junior-level transfers in Fashion Design.

   

Studio Credit/
Portfolio

Transfer credit for studio courses in art and design will be granted upon presentation of official transcripts and a proficient portfolio of artwork. Studio credit will not be granted based on a transcript or portfolio alone. Please refer to the portfolio requirements.

   

General Education/
Units

General education requirements are accepted on a class-by-class basis. Transfer students are not required to complete all of the Foundation Year general education classes before entering, but any missing courses must be completed during their education at Otis. Transfer credit is awarded after admission, and is based on evaluation of transcripts submitted as part of the application process. (See chart)

   

California Students
and the IGETC

California community colleges use the IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) to prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The IGETC alone is not effective in preparing a student to transfer to Otis because the curriculum does not include the art and design studio classes taken during Otis’ Foundation Year (drawing, figure drawing, and 2-D and 3-D design).

 

Credit: Students must have earned a grade of “C” or better in each class in order to receive credit. All units must be earned at a regionally accredited institution.

Capstone and Creative Action: Integrated Learning

All Otis students take the College’s signature Creative Action and Capstone courses. These courses cannot be transferred in.