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Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares students in the art and design capital of Los Angeles for a dynamic future in the creative economy. The College educates a diverse community of over 1,200 students in a supportive setting to become highly skilled professionals in established and emerging creative sectors. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar winners, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, entrepreneurs, and design stars at influential companies including Apple, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Netflix.


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Degrees at Otis College

Undergraduate Programs

Otis College offers undergraduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity.

Graduate Programs

Otis College offers two graduate MFA programs in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, each led by renowned faculty who are redefining their respective fields. As a graduate student, you’ll develop your craft in a rigorous, supportive environment that provides a strong foundation for you as a professional artist.

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Start Your Journey

Discover Courses, Camps, and Certificates

Certificates and Courses

Certificates Programs

Choose from 15 certificate programs that will propel you forward in your career and open doors for you that you might not have known existed. Our certificate programs are great  for working professionals and are structured to help you achieve your goals.

Adult Courses

Take an individual course that serves your personal or professional goals. From one-day workshops to 10-week courses, Otis Extension offers a wide array of offerings that will help you gain valuable insights into a new field or creative technique.

Youth Camps

Summer Youth Camps are a mainstay at Otis College, and we’re excited to see them grow in popularity each year. Our weeklong day camps offer fun opportunities for young artists to discover a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, and more in a creative and collaborative setting.

Youth Courses

Otis College Extension offers a large spectrum of both weekend and after-school programs that will advance your child’s interest and abilities in art and design. With courses in numerous disciplines, our lineup of programs will meet whatever goals your child is looking to reach.

Otis College in the News

Otis College News

Summer Youth Camps child in classroom
February 29th, 2024

Unleash Your Child’s Creativity at Otis College’s Summer Youth Camps

Children of all creative abilities thrive in this on-campus experience.
February 23rd, 2024

Theaster Gates to Deliver Mandy and Cliff Einstein Visiting Artist Lecture at Otis College

The Chicago-based artist and social innovator has exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions.
February 16th, 2024

Why Otis College’s Los Angeles Location Is Ideal for Studying Art and Design

The city abounds with opportunities to learn, explore, and find inspiration
February 7th, 2024

Otis College Alumna Joyce Chen on Creating the 2024 Lunar New Year Barbie

"The consumer market has always been yearning for more representation in the doll category," says the 2014 Fashion Design graduate.
BIPOC Student Summit
January 31st, 2024

Otis College To Host Fourth Annual BIPOC Student Summit

Mattel SVP of Design Ed Duncan and award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter are the featured speakers.
Student working at computer
January 26th, 2024

Industry Veteran Moshe Godwin on Unlocking Students’ Creative Potential with Adobe Creative Cloud

The Otis Extension instructor brings over two decades of experience in multimedia production.

77%

of our population consists of students of color

92%

of students receive some type of financial aid assistance

88%

of recent graduates are employed within one year of graduation

91%

of our recent graduates work in the field of art and design