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    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.


    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.


    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

  • Joe Sola (‘99)’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Andy Warhol Museum  and Kunsthaus Gras, Austria, Museum of Modern Art Jean-Duc, Luxembourg. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City.  His performances have taken place at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, MOT International in London, 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles.


Otis at a Glance


Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, entrepreneurs, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney. Awards


L.A. has it all—diversity, industry, and culture. It’s known as the creative capital of the 21st century. Students receive an international education in an international city full of opportunities. Some of the most influential artists and designers in the world live in L.A.

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. Find Us.


"Every time someone graduates from Otis, art evolves and design gets better." —Mark Parker, CEO, Nike.

Creativity is serious business at Otis. Otis debunks the myth of the starving artist by demonstrating the profound economic impact of art and design. Students study, intern, and work in a global center of art and design. Graduates lead some of the world's most prestigious firms, display their work at major galleries and museums, and start their own businesses. In today's innovation-driven economy, careers are flexible, adaptable paths into the unknown rather than strictly mapped routes. Otis alumni grasp the big picture, find inventive solutions to complex problems, and express their own voices through various media. From museum and exhibition design to the Hollywood screen, from the clothes we wear to the toys with which our children play, alumni shape the world. Otis graduates span the globe, pursuing unprecedented opportunities in our increasingly multicultural society. 

Creativity is Serious Business
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Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers eleven Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Animation, Game and Entertainment Design, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Advertising Design, Graphic Design, and Illustration), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design. Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing. 

1/3 of students are from outside California, representing 40 states.
16% are international students, representing 28 countries.
Otis is among the most culturally diverse colleges of art and design in the U.S.

Undergraduate Programs
Otis’ interdisciplinary curriculum combines longtime strengths in fine arts and design with new technologies and emerging disciplines. The college prepares students to imagine the new, create real-world solutions, and connect to professional opportunities around the globe. Undergraduates spend their first year in Foundation, where they study art and design basics such as life drawing, color, composition, and form and space. They select a major in the sophomore year.


Graduate Programs
Otis’ graduate programs provide rigorous, practice-based studies with distinguished faculty. Students learn an interdisciplinary approach to developing artistic vision and become emerging professionals within the regional, national, and international scenes of art, design, and creative writing.

2014 – 15 Cost of Attendance

Undergraduate full-time tuition and fees: $40,490 per year
Graduate full-time tuition and fees: $41,490per year
Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

86% of degree students receive scholarships and financial aid


All 420 faculty members are practicing professionals in their fields. They include award-winning artists, animators, web designers, architects, illustrators, filmmakers, graphic designers, fashion designers, community artists, toy designers, writers and poets.

Student Life

Otis is a warm, collegial community that supports and promotes students’ development as artists and designers. Meaningful campus experiences allow each student to learn and grow as a whole person and create a rich, fulfilling life.


The Otis Student Housing Program, situated in the nearby Playa Del Oro Apartments, invites 120 students to immerse themselves in a living and learning environment under the supervision of a highly trained staff. Events and services bring students together within a community that honors diversity and values artistic identity.

Student Activities and Involvement

Campus life is teeming with activities that stimulate creativity and refresh the spirit. Screenings, lectures, parties, contests, and outings, are supported by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Campus Activities Board (CAB). Student Activities Page

Student Success

Student success is supported at every step along the Otis journey. Each student has an Academic Mentor, who encourages reflection on her/his educational and career pathways. First-year students also have a Peer Mentor, who provides invaluable support and guidance. The tutoring staff of the Student Resources Center works with students to develop the skills needed to be successful in English, art history, and math/logic. Comprehensive psychological counseling services and wellness support provide resources that strengthen and nourish students, and help them recover from illness or injury.

Travel Study and Exchange

Students have recently travelled to Paris, Rome, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, and Rio. They have also designed projects in China and Palau. All students can spend a semester or a year on exchange at partner art and design colleges in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Travel Study Programs

Professional Preparation

Professional preparation and career counseling are offered through the Center for Creative Professions (CCP). From self-assessment to résumé and portfolio review and job search strategies, the CCP prepares students for employment in professions that sustain and support their creative passions.

Students intern at art galleries and museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Getty Museum, and intern at creative companies such as LEGO; Deutsch Advertising; Fox Searchlight Pictures; Gap, Inc; Nike; Univision; Warnaco; and WB Television Network.

More than 1,500 employers post jobs annually at the online Center for Career Professions.

Otis Report on the Creative Economy

Since 2007, Otis has commissioned the L.A. County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) to produce an annual Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region. This report has been an invaluable tool to assess the tremendous impact and influence of the area's creative sector on the region’s economy. In 2013, the California Arts Council (CAC) awarded Otis funds to expand the report to show how the state's economy is affected by jobs in the arts, design, education, entertainment, nonprofits, and independent creative professions.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education offers a wide range of beginning, intermediate, and advanced art and design courses for all ages, including children and teens. Participants pursue artistic and professional development, as well as personal and intellectual growth. Continuing Education also offers Certificate Programs (Computer Graphics, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Textile Surface Design, Fine Arts, and Photography), Children's Courses, College Preparation, and Summer of Art.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.


Top 1% in Diversity
Otis ranked in the top 1% of all colleges and universities in the nation in diversity by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Community Engagement Classification
Otis College of Art and Design is honored to be among the select group of colleges and universities in the United States designated this year to receive the Carnegie Foundation’s prestigious 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

Best in the West
The Princeton Review ranked Otis among the “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region/Best in the West"

Best US Design Schools
Graphic Design USA Magazine ranked Otis among the best design schools in the country.

Biz Bash Event of Year
Biz Bash.com selected the 2014 Fashion Scholarship and Fashion Show as #5 of the year's top events in Southern California.

Fashion Design
Selected as #1 on the West Coast for fashion design by fashionschools.com

Animation (Digital Media)
Animation Career Review
ranked Otis #4 of its top 20 animation programs in the West.