Occidental College

The Department of Art History and the Visual Arts seeks to assist students in developing their own creative ability and understanding of film and the visual arts. Two basic approaches are employed, art (and film) history and studio instruction/film and video production. A broad range of courses covers the history of Asian and Western art and film, and studio classes in drawing, design, painting, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, filmmaking and digital media. Courses in advanced design and photography are available through an exchange program with the Art Center College of Design. The flexible curriculum provides preparation for advanced training leading to careers in creative art, art history, film and criticism, work in museums, colleges, universities, art libraries and slide collections, art education in both primary and secondary schools, and graphic design. A major in art is also ideally suited for students who wish to acquire a broad liberal arts education including a sound understanding of the visual arts to enrich their cultural activities, whatever careers they may wish to pursue.

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Los Angeles

United States

1600 Campus Road
CA 90041
Phone: (323) 259-2700 or 1-(800) 825-5262
Fax: (323) 341-4875
Website: http://www.oxy.edu/

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Location and Getting there


Occidental College is located in northeast Los Angeles in the community of Eagle Rock, between Pasadena on the east and Glendale on the west. (Our street address is 1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles CA 90041.) The campus is 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, less than an hour from the beaches and within two hours of local mountain resorts and ski areas.

Academic Staff and Description


Linda Besemer
B.A., B.F.A., Indiana University
M.F.A., Tyler School of Art
Phone: 323-259-2595
Email: lindab@oxy.edu

Linda has taught all levels of studio courses from drawing/painting fundamentals and color theory, to advanced criticism seminars. She also teaches courses in art history, cultural studies and in the Women's Studies Department in gender theory and the history of feminism(s). She is an active member of the Los Angeles art community engaged both in exhibiting and curating exhibitions.

Broderick Fox
Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.A., Harvard University
M.F.A. Production, USC School of Cinema-Television
Ph.D. Critical Studies, USC School of Cinema-Television
Phone: 323-259-2883
Email: bfox@oxy.edu

Broderick is a media practitioner and scholar who endeavors to put theory into practice and to translate his practical experience into new theory. His award-winning narrative, experimental, and documentary works have screened internationally--theatrically, on television, at film festivals, and online. He works professionally as a film and video editor, and his critical ...  [ Read All ]

Information For  International Students


For more than 90 years, students from around the world have come to Los Angeles to get a superb Occidental education. Some 26 different countries are currently represented in the student body; the Class of 2006 included graduates from Italy, Bulgaria, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, Madagascar, Ghana, Namibia, and Brazil.

Once on campus, international students have played an important role in the life of the College. Vlad Milev ’03 of Sofia, Bulgaria, served as president of Occidental’s student government in 2001-2002. Drenusha Kusari ’04 of Gjakove, Kosovo, interned at the United Nations’ Iraq office in New York through Occidental’s Oxy-at-the-UN program. Ron Tan ’03 of Hong Kong, student representative to the Budget and Finance Committee of the Occidental Board of Trustees, was the recipient of the College’s 2002 Hammack Memorial Award for outstanding man in the junior (third year) class.

Throughout their career at Occidental, students rely on the International Programs Office and the International Student Organization one of almost 100 clubs and organizati...  [ Read All ]

Visit us (open days)


The best way to learn about Occidental is to visit our campus and see for yourself what makes Oxy one of the most beautiful and diverse campuses in the country. We welcome you to take a tour, schedule an interview, attend a class, or stay overnight in one of eleven residence halls on campus.

In 2006-2007, the Admission Office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round, except holidays, as well as selected Saturdays.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (323) 259-2700 or (800) 825-5262.

*If you wish to meet with a faculty member or athletic coach individually, we recommend you arrange an appointment directly with the professor or coach prior to your visit to ensure they will be available. Academic department, faculty and coaches contact information can be found on our web site, or you can call the Admission Office for assistance.