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Snap Lens Lab

Augment Your Reality with Snap's Lens Studio at Otis College

Explore this three-week Snapchat Summer program. No prior experience or skills are required.

Join the third annual Snap Lens Lab @ Otis College of Art and Design this summer to imagine new realities, hone your creative skills, and bring your big ideas to life! Lens Studio is a powerful application designed for artists and developers to build augmented reality experiences for Snapchatters around the world. In this three-week, pre-college program, students will combine the power of augmented reality (AR) with their own creativity to visualize, draw, develop, and share dynamic experiences.

Snap Lens Lab @ Otis College will provide 15 scholarships to eligible Los Angeles County high school students, specifically from underrepresented populations, which will cover full participation in the program. Snap Lens Lab @ Otis College is designed to provide high school youth, including seniors, from underserved communities with access and insight into meaningful career opportunities that may have been otherwise inaccessible to them.

Application Deadline

The application for the Snap Lens Lab program is now closed. Submit your information below to get updates about next year's cohort.

Learning Outcomes

  • Create Snapchat Lenses
  • Work with Augmented Reality
  • Create 2D and 3D art and learn design skills
  • Learn Maya, Photoshop, Illustrator

Program Quick Facts

  • Receive a scholarship to develop your design and AR skills
  • Designed for L.A. based high school students
  • Program takes place Monday through Friday
  • All learning equipment provided

Snap Lens Lab @ Otis: The Learning Experience

Instructors from Otis College's Extension and BFA programs in Digital Media and related design fields will engage students in all aspects of the development and design process within the augmented reality, digital, and physical environments. Additionally, members of the Snap team will participate in teaching and mentoring students in aspects of Lens Studio.

The program includes guest visits from industry professionals, site visits, and Snap team participation and will culminate with a final exhibition of students’ work.

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The next generation of AR developers will be filled with the creative minds from every community, reflecting the art, curiosity, humor and passion from all of us. The first step is to start learning, from there, I can only imagine where the students will go!"

— Stacey Long Genovese, Snap Head of AR Education, Learning and Training

About Snap and Lens Studio

Snap Inc. is a technology company. We believe that reinventing the camera represents the greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. We contribute to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together.

Lens Studio is a powerful application designed for artists and developers to build augmented reality experiences for hundreds of millions of Snapchatters. With a huge set of built-in features including custom shaders and advanced tracking technology, the possibilities are endless.

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Go Beyond Boundaries at Otis College

Otis College of Art and Design Campus


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, and legendary costume designers. Have questions? Contact us at or 310.665.6850, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT

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Have questions? We're here to help! Call the Otis College Extension team between 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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