Art and Social Practice

Otis College of Art and Design

24 months
46500 USD/year
46500 USD/year
Tuition fee
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As part of the MFA Fine Arts program, the Art and Social Practice program of Otis College of Art and Design is the only program of its kind in a Southern California art school or university.


Encompassing a range of practices and interdisciplinary media, participating students will experience both individual art production in the studio and to work in various community or public contexts. The core curriculum of the Art and Social Practice program of Otis College of Art and Design includes Graduate Studio and Critiques augmented by specialized courses in Collaborative Projects, Topics in Social Practice Art, and Public Realm Seminars.

Kade L. Twist is the curricular area head for the Art + Social Practice emphasis within the MFA Fine Arts program at Otis College. Twist is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, sound, interactive media, text, and installation environments. Twist's work combines re-imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism, and American Indian cultural self-determination. Twist is a co-founder of Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary artist collective, featured in the October 2017 issue of Art in America. With his individual work and the collective Postcommodity, Twist has exhibited work nationally and internationally. In 2017, Postcommodity was included in both the Whitney Biennial and documenta 14 and was awarded an Art for Change Ford Foundation fellowship.

The area of emphasis features professional practice courses such as Field Methodologies and Field Internships, providing unique opportunities to work outside Otis College with well-known artists, activists, critics, and curators from around the world.

Each student’s individualized learning plan includes electives in studio art courses, critical theory, and independent studies. Students can take classes in other graduate programs––Writing, Fine Arts, and Graphic Design––and in other departments across the College. The full range of Otis College shops, faculty, courses, and library is available for students' production.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Special Topics in Art History
  • Special Topics in Social Practice Art
  • Public Realm Seminar
  • Field Methodologies for Artists

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Resume
  • Statement - Please describe how you are hoping to advance your work through graduate study at Otis College
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts are required from any college or university where you pursued undergraduate study and where you earned your bachelor’s degree
  • Portfolio - Submit 15-20 images
  • Letters of Recommendation (optional) - Up to three letters of recommendation can be submitted through the online application, but are optional
  • English Proficiency Exam
  • Interview (by request) - Departments may request interviews over video conference as a part of the application process

Tuition Fee

  • International

    46500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23250 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    46500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23250 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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