• Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • A quintessentially Los Angeles artist, Larry Johnson has worked for over 4 decades investigating the inherent contradictions between the shiny surfaces and underlying cynical logics of American culture. His works reference the languages of animation (especially the fantasy worlds of Walt Disney), graphic and commercial design, and advertising.

  • A limited number of tickets are available to FUN HOME, an emotionally charged and poignant family drama, inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, in which she explores her coming out and the suicide of her domineering father Bruce. Sign up in the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Life Center Room 150E.

  • Transfer Day

    Apr 01| Admissions

    At Transfer Day, prospective transfer students are invited to take a tour of campus, have their questions answered in a one-on-one appointment, and learn how to make a smooth transition to Otis College. If you are considering transferring into one of our programs, please join us on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12-3pm. 


  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.

  • Rejuvenating Yoga

    Apr 04| Student Event

    All students and Otis College community welcomed and encouraged to participate. Visiting artist Catherine Tingey facilitates the Yoga class!

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture REDUX.5 by Michiel Riedijk at MOCA.


    Michiel Riedijk regularly lectures at universities, cultural institutions and symposia worldwide. His theories and writings on architecture have gained international recognition from fellow architects and scholars. The work of Neutelings Riedijk Architects has received worldwide appreciation through numerous publications, international awards and exhibitions around the world. - Neutelings Riedijk Architects


Otis Recognized for Community Engagement by Carnegie Foundation

Jan 15, 2015
Spotlight Category: College

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.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. Of this number, 83 institutions are receiving the classification for the first time, while 157 are now re-classified, after being classified originally in 2006 or 2008. These 240 institutions join the 121 institutions that earned the classification during the 2010 selection process. 

Colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for the classification, first offered in 2006 as part of an extensive restructuring of The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Unlike the Foundation's other classifications that rely on national data, this is an "elective" classification - institutions participated voluntarily by submitting required materials describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond. This approach enabled the Foundation to address elements of institutional mission and distinctiveness that are not represented in the national data on colleges and universities.

"The importance of this elective classification is borne out by the response of so many campuses that have demonstrated their deep engagement with local, regional, national, and global communities," said John Saltmarsh, director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education. "These are campuses that are improving teaching and learning, producing research that makes a difference in communities, and revitalizing their civic and academic missions."

Since its founding in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design has served a highly diverse student body. Otis leads among its national peers of independent colleges of art and design in students’ ethnic and racial diversity, as well as the percentage of socio-economically disadvantaged students who are Pell-grant eligible. The educational promise at Otis College is that art and design training will help transform students into thriving professionals and contributing citizens, and with the evidence of alumni success, that result has been consistently realized. For the College, educational and social missions have always been intertwined. Community engagement is second nature to Otis in this context. In fulfillment of its mission to “prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision,” Otis has taken a whole-College approach to its commitment to community engagement.

Among a wide range of community engagement initiatives are the following:

Creative Action: Integrated Learning (IL), a required sequence for all BFA students that places them in cross-disciplinary teams and with community partners to address site-based assignments in Los Angeles and around the world. The goals are to infuse professional preparation with civic participation through community engagement, enabling students to develop in social and personal responsibility and vision, the ability to work across sectors, and the ability to collaborate with others.

Artists, Community, and Teaching (ACT), an innovative program that prepares students for careers in art and design education and socially engaged art and design practices, through undergraduate minors in Teacher Credential Preparation and Community Arts Engagement, and two concurrently enrolled CE Certificates.

MFA in Public Practice, a graduate program that explores new artistic strategies and practices based on observation, research, social commentary and activism, and visual and performance arts productions in the public realm. Community engagement is central to all program projects.

Continuing Education (CE) and Pre-College Programs offers adult certificate programs, personal and professional development courses, as well as programs for children and youth ages 5 through high school. The department is committed to providing scholarships to youth with financial needs from underserved communities, as well as tuition-free professional development opportunities for full time K-12 teachers.

Ben Maltz Gallery: Exhibitions and related Public Programing, a diverse program of exhibitions, catalogues, and public events that serves Los Angeles' vigorous art community and the city's diverse public at large, while acting as an important resource for Otis students and faculty.

Industry Engagementa corporate engagement program that includes corporate sponsorship for in-class projects with professional mentors and internships for workplace experiences by students. This program serves to prepare Otis students for the professional world as well as maintain a strong connection with the industries Otis serves.

Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California and the Los Angeles Region, which Otis has commissioned and published annually since 2007 (statewide coverage began with the 2013 edition), is the only report to focus on the arts, design and entertainment industries as a combined economic force in Southern California and California. The data and analysis have been widely used by cultural organizations, foundations, schools, and public policy makers.

Through these initiatives, and more, Otis’ diverse community partners have included local city governments, school systems, cultural non-profits, corporations, philanthropic foundations, neighborhood and national non-profits, environmental groups, and after-school programs. The College’s partnership network permeates throughout the City of Los Angeles and the Southern California region, including international organizations and schools as well.

The values and practices of community engagement have been institutionalized at Otis for the long-term across multiple dimensions:  mission statement, horizontal and vertical curricular programs, and institutional behavior and initiatives. The Board of Trustees has fully embraced and supports this whole-College strategy of community engagement. College communications, both internal (for campus culture expression and reinforcement) and external (for field dissemination), are intentionally consistent on the priority status of community engagement. The sum total is a College-wide alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices.

Otis has embraced, taught, and celebrated community engagement, because it is central to the College’s educational philosophy, which is based on the belief that art and design matter socially, culturally, and economically.

The Carnegie Foundation, through the work of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, developed the first typology of American colleges and universities in 1970 as a research tool to describe and represent the diversity of U.S. higher education. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education (now housed at Indiana University Bloomington's Center for Postsecondary Research) continues to be used for a wide range of purposes by academic researchers, institutional personnel, policymakers and others. 

Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist