Otis prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision.
At Otis we promote excellence, innovation, and rigor in education within a caring, collaborative environment. Students are encouraged to be individualistic, passionate, and joyful in their approach to art and design.
As Los Angeles’ first independent professional school of art and design, Otis College is located on the west side of Los Angeles in the heart of Southern California’s creative community. The nearby coastal communities of Venice, Marina del Rey, and Santa Monica are home to many of Los Angeles’ most important art and design studios, as well as headquarters for many leading film, digital imaging, and toy companies.
Admissions Welcomes You...
Throughout your Otis experience, the Admissions office is available to answer questions about Otis and applying to a college of art and design. All Summer of Art students are invited to drop in any weekday at 4:00pm to speak with an Admissions Counselor and receive an informal portfolio review.
Otis BFA Scholarship Award
One student who completes the Summer of Art program with outstanding artistic and academic achievement and meets the Otis GPA requirement will be selected to receive an $80,000 scholarship award towards tuition for Otis College of Art and Design, to be paid out over the course of four years.
“It’s a great place to grow and make art! People here want to make work and have similar ideas, which help me to build my work. Students and teachers drive me to develop my ideas and process them.” -- Alexa Nakumura, Recipient of the 2014 inaugural Otis Summer of Art Alumni BFA Scholarship Award
All courses, with the exception of Fashion Design, are held at the Otis’ Elaine and Bram Goldsmith main campus.
Fashion students travel by courtesy shuttle to Otis’ campus at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles three days per week.
Access to the following labs is determined based on specific Summer of Art Specialization Courses:
Computer Center with the latest Mac OS and Windows workstations including large format scanners, digital projectors, and wide-format color printers
Frederick Monhoff Printing Lab
Photography Lab and Lighting Studio
Wood, Model, and Metal Shops
All students have access to:
Abe and Helen Bolsky Gallery
Exhibits include student work
Ben Maltz Gallery
Exhibits include local and international artists
The café provides a diverse menu that includes hot entrées, salads, and snacks. The campus is within easy walking distance of a variety of restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores.
Millard Sheets Library
The library houses approximately 40,000 volumes, including books, exhibition catalogs, and DVDs, and maintains over 150 current periodical subscriptions, mostly in areas of Visual Arts. Summer of Art students may use the library, but are not eligible to check out materials.