Southern California Program

Otis College of Art & Design

Los Angeles, CA
June 2014

Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, continuing education and K-12 programs to a diverse student body.  To expand opportunities for arts education, Otis will develop and pilot a free Massive Open Online Course, Foundation in the Visual Arts.  This studio art course will offer self-paced, sequential instruction in drawing and composition, principles of design, life drawing and form and space.  Faculty members will demonstrate specific techniques, such as how to draw a head, through 26 digital learning objects that will also be available as stand-alone videos on Otis’ YouTube channel.  Participants will be able to correspond directly with a dedicated course facilitator via online office hours and through the course management software platform, and receive feedback on their art works from faculty and peers.  The project will leverage Otis’ existing school and community partnerships to reach students in grades 9-12.  The online course will be capped at 1,000 students, with the expectation that 500 will actively participate and 10% will complete it.  A Foundation grant will match Otis’ investment and cover the one-time only costs needed to launch the project.

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