Events
  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

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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.

Location

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 and the Graduate Studios are in the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City.  Find Us.

Alumni

"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. 

Enrollment

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 (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. 

36% of students are from outside California, representing 38 states.
26% are international students, representing 24 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.

2015 – 16 Cost of Attendance

Undergraduate full-time tuition and fees: $42,314 per year
Graduate full-time tuition and fees: $43,314per year
Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

82% of degree students receive scholarships and financial aid

Faculty

All 437 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.

Housing

The Otis Student Housing Program, invites 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 Voice Association (SVA) and the Campus Activities Board (CAB). Student Activities Page

Student Success

Student success is supported at every step along the Otis journey. The Academic Advising Coordinator is available to help students navigate graduation requirements and select appropriate courses prior to Registration each semester. 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.

See also data on Otis College Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System graduation and retention rates.

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 Career Services. From self-assessment to résumé and portfolio review and job search strategies, Career Services 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 Career Services job board.

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.

Rankings

#6 in the Nation
Otis Ranked 6th in the Nation by The Economist for post graduation median earnings.

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 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 #11 of its top 20 animation programs in the West.

Graphic Design
Animation Career Review recognized Otis' Graphic Design program as #3 in the West Coast and #16 nationally.

Otis College Overview data 2016

 

Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist