Call for MFA applications

Call for MFA applications

Otis College of Art and Design

Courtesy of Otis College of Art and Design.
December 15, 2016
Call for MFA applications

Priority deadline: January 15, 2017

Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

T 310 665 6820
[email protected]

Otis College of Art and Design’s MFA programs provide rigorous, intimate, practice-based studies connecting a distinguished faculty with a global student body. Their multidisciplinary approach to developing an artistic vision and practice equips you to thrive within the international landscape of art, design, and writing.

In addition to work within your chosen field, your evolving practice is also enriched through critiques and symposia across disciplines with visiting artists and writers and through studio tours, public lectures, and readings. Teaching and publishing fellowships provide you further access to professional mentors who help you to shape pathways to your future career. Students also have unique opportunities to participate in internships, residencies, workshops, and faculty-led travel study worldwide.

Located in the rich and expanding cultural capital of Los Angeles, the close proximity of Otis College to numerous museums, galleries, and studios allows you to interact with the most significant contemporary artists, designers, and writers.

MFA in Fine Arts
In a high-ceilinged warehouse in Culver City’s burgeoning arts district, students have individual skylighted studios. Working with distinguished practicing artist faculty members, they develop a personal vision that has been filtered through history, gender, sexuality, culture, and politics. They acquire the necessary technical and theoretical resources to develop an understanding of the demands of a professional practice. The program promotes strong interaction and critical dialogue among all participants, encouraging students to converse in the language of art.

MFA in Graphic Design
The limited-residency MFA in Graphic Design provides a rigorous and challenging academic and studio environment for candidates interested in enhancing their current professional practice. Participants select from three individual themes or tracks: social responsibility of the designer in society, typography and type design, or advancing the discipline through theory and innovation. Each track speaks directly to educating conscientious individuals who recognize the value of design and its role in society.

MFA in Public Practice
Public practice—also called participatory art, community art, public art, situational art or social sculpture—consists of media including video, performance, drawing, photography, sculpture and web-based projects.

MFA in Writing
An emerging author today will work in many forms over the course of his or her career—Otis College prepares its students for a full range of possibilities. Our students are free to write in any genre they choose without needing to declare a concentration, and our Workshops reflect this openness. This team-taught interdisciplinary approach fosters experimentation, cross-pollination, and unexpected discoveries.

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About Otis College of Art and Design
Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at

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