Otis College of Art and Design

Otis College of Art and Design



Otis is the only West Coast college of 
art and design that offers a full Foundation Year curriculum. The program is
 also unique in its approach to preparing students for the competitive, fast-paced 21st century while
 continuing to honor time-tested fundamentals.

Throughout Foundation, students learn aesthetic fundamentals, sharpen their visual acuity, 
develop their cultural and information literacy, begin a connection with the larger community as emerging artists and designers, and hone the essential “thinking and making” skills required for creative professionals who will enjoy career success. The faculty — all of whom are working artists and designers—serve as role models. Talented, passionate, and thoughtful professionals, they are accessible to students both inside and outside the classroom.

Posts from Otis College of Art and Design

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    Otis College of Art and Design MFA Open Studios

    Otis Graduate Public Practice, under the leadership of Suzanne Lacy—artist, and theorist of socially engaged public art, prepares students to re-invent traditional media-specific ways of thinking about art making. Ente[...]

    April 8, 2014

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    Apply to Otis’ Graduate Public Practice program for fall 2014

    This MFA program, headed by Suzanne Lacy, is the only educational program in the Southern California region dedicated exclusively to providing artists with advanced skills to work in the public sphere. Graduate Public P[...]

    February 14, 2014

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    Otis accepting applications now for MFA fall 2014

    Otis College of Art and Design welcomes applications to the graduate programs in fine arts and pubic practice. Join the L.A. network of visiting artists and activists, museums, galleries, and other vibrant institutions[...]

    January 3, 2014

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    Otis College of Art and Design Graduate Open Studios

    Celebrate the launch of Otis College of Art and Design's new MFA Fine Arts and Public Practice studios in Culver City's Arts District, 10455 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, California. Adjacent to Culver City's burgeoning [...]

    April 4, 2013

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    Otis College of Art and Design: New Graduate Studios in Culver City

    We are pleased to announce joining the burgeoning Culver City art scene with a new facility for Graduate Fine Arts and Graduate Public Practice at 10455 W Jefferson Blvd near Overland. The 13,200 square foot concrete blo[...]

    January 8, 2013

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    Alison Saar: STILL . . . at Otis College of Art and Design

    The Ben Maltz Gallery continues to present and document new work by artists in the SoCal region with the solo exhibition STILL . . . by Otis alumna Alison Saar (MFA 1981). Informed by artistic traditions from the Amer[...]

    September 12, 2012

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    Re/Locating Learning: Public Practices as Art

    Organized by: Suzanne Lacy, Chair, and Sara Daleiden, Faculty Member, Otis Graduate Public Practice with guest faculty members Pablo Helguera, Artist, and Sally Tallant, Chief Executive Artistic Director, Liverpool [...]

    February 23, 2012

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    Otis College of Art and Design: MFA in Fine Arts

    Graduate Fine Arts students acquire the necessary support and theoretical resources to develop an understanding of the demands of a professional art practice. Our program promotes strong interaction and critical dialo[...]

    December 16, 2011

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    Otis College of Art and Design’s MFA in Public Practice

    Otis College of Art and Design's MFA in Public Practice, founded by artist and author Suzanne Lacy and taught by a team of internationally known curators and artists, offers a rare opportunity for artists interested i[...]

    November 30, 2011

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    Otis Graduate Public Practice presents Concentric Conversations

    Educational theorist Christopher Robbins will offer a keynote presentation and guide intense conversations between artists and educators during a weekend focused on the philosophical underpinnings of critical pedagogy in[...]

    February 17, 2011

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