• Alumni Open House at The Brewery Art Walk
    October 22, 2016 
    2-6 pm
    Join Otis College of Art And Design for a Brewery Art Walk Open House at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10). Catch up with faculty and fellow alumni, artists, and designers. The Brewery Art Walk is a twice annual open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists. Stop by while touring the studios, open 11am-6pm, and enjoy light refreshments. 

  • Todd Gray

    Oct 25| Lectures

    Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. Gray received an MFA and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown performance work at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), Los Angeles (2010); California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2009); the Commons, New York University (2008); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2008); New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, NY (2007); and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2004).

  • Ruby Neri is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her evocative portrayal of horses.

  • Otis in NYC
    October 27, 2016 
    6 - 8 pm 
    Franklin Parrasch Gallery
    53 East 64 Street
    New York, NY 10065

    Otis College President Bruce W. Ferguson is coming to NYC! 
    Please come say hello and visit with your fellow alumni and friends of Otis College of Art and Design.
    Drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


  • Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 

  • Looking at the recent works of Sebastian Stumpf one finds an interplay between performance and the recording of performance, between the execution of a physical act and the documentation of it by means of a camera. [He] operates in two distinct realms: in the empty spaces of contemporary art institutions and in urban settings with their preexisting orders. […] An inconspicuous architectural detail suddenly becomes the catalyst for a physical exploit…. The art gallery becomes a space for action.


Admissions FAQ

Answers to frequenty asked questions can be found here or you can contact or (310) 665-6820.

Undergraduate FAQs


Q: How do I request a viewbook?

A: To request a viewbook, complete this form and we’ll mail one to you.

Q: How do I get feedback on my portfolio? Does Otis College participate in Portfolio Day?

A: You can schedule an appointment in our office to meet with an admissions counselor and discuss your portfolio. To schedule, call the Admissions office at 310.665.6820. National Portfolio Day events take place during the fall in cities throughout North America. The College will attend many of the events on the 2016-17 schedule. Portfolio Day is the perfect place to meet admissions counselors from art schools across the country and get recommendations on building your portfolio. To view a list of National Portfolio Day events Otis College will be attending, click here.

Q: Are SAT/ACTs required?

A: While SAT/ACTs test scores are not required for admission, we encourage students to submit them with the rest of their application materials. If you are an international student you will be required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE or an SAT/ACT test score to evaluate your proficiency in English.

Q: Are there specific classes I need to take in high school in order to be accepted?

A: Otis College does not require specific courses to be fulfilled to gain admission. However, all students are required to meet the requirements for high school graduation before enrolling at the College.

Q: Which of my AP classes will you accept for credit?

A: We award credit for AP History, Math and Science if a score of 3 or higher is received. In addition, we also award credit for AP English and Art History if a score of 4 or higher is received. If you meet these score requirements, you will receive exemption from the appropriate Liberal Arts and Sciences course.

Q: Do you require letters of recommendation?

A: Letters of recommendation are not required with your application, but you have the option to submit them with your application materials. If you would like to submit a letter of recommendation, please send a sealed copy to us or have the mentor/teacher email us directly at

Q: Do you accept the Common App?

A: Otis College has its own online application customized for applicants applying to art school, which can be accessed from

Q: Can I send you a physical portfolio?

A: All portfolios will be reviewed digitally on SlideRoom and can be uploaded at Because we aren’t viewing your work in person, it is helpful for us if you use the description boxes to let us know important things about your work like the size, medium, and any critical information about understanding the content of the piece.

Q: Where do I send my supplemental items?

A: Official transcripts and test scores should be sent in sealed envelopes to Otis College of Art and Design, Attn: Admissions, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. If your school is sending them via email directly to us, they should send to The portfolio and essay should be submitted through SlideRoom.

Q: I received a GED instead of a High School Diploma. What do I need to submit in terms of transcripts?

A: If earned a GED instead of a diploma, you’ll need to submit an official copy of your GED score, as well as official High School transcripts for any schools you may have attended.

Q: I have a low TOEFL score that does not meet your minimum requirement. What can be done in order to attend school in fall?

A: Starting fall 2016, we are offering a new Foundation Pathway program for students who have obtained TOEFL, IELTS or Pearsons exam scores that fall below our minimum requirements, but who showcase outstanding artistic and academic excellence. During the first year of study, Pathway students pursue the regular BFA Foundation curriculum alongside special, rigorous English language courses. If you are interested in this program, submit the online application for the foundation program at to be considered for Foundation Pathway.

Q: If I’m unable to attend, can I defer my application for next year?

A: Admitted students are permitted to defer their acceptance for up to one year. To defer your acceptance, email and state the term that you would like to defer your application to.

Q: Can you double major?

A: Students at Otis College have a variety of ways to tailor their curriculum to their individual interests through their chosen major. While we don’t have double-majors, we have minors and areas of emphasis which allow for a customized educational experience in a range of disciplines.


Q: What classes do you require for transfer students?

A: We evaluate each transfer applicant individually to see how the coursework they’ve completed aligns with the curriculum of the program they are applying for. Since we admit students to the foundation year, we don’t require that you’ve completed specific coursework or even studio art courses in order to be admitted. If you are seeking advanced placement in the sophomore year or higher, you should have completed a mixture of general education credits as well as studio art classes that align with the program you are seeking to enter. You will also need a portfolio of work that demonstrates you have the skills required to enter the level you are seeking. Students interested in transferring can have their transcripts evaluated by a counselor at

Q: Are there certain programs that don’t accept junior level transfer students?

A: At this point in time we do not accept transfer students higher than the sophomore level for the Toy or Fashion Program.

Q: What opportunities for travel do I have as an Otis College student? Does the College have semester-long exchange programs with other schools?

A: Otis College offers a robust travel study program where students can sign-up for classes where part of the course is taught abroad and takes place during the semester. Find out more information on the Travel Study page at The Exchange Program provides students with the opportunity to study for one semester at a participating art college, a few of which are located abroad in Canada, France, Israel and Netherlands. A list of colleges is available on our website at


Q: What is the deadline to be considered for scholarship? Is a separate application required to be considered?

A: While there isn’t a specific deadline to be considered for merit scholarships, funds are limited so we recommend that you submit your application for admission by the Priority Deadline of February 15th. U.S. Citizens and permanent residents that would like to be considered for financial aid will also need to submit the FAFSA at using school code 001251.

Q: Can I attend Otis College part-time?

A: You have to be enrolled as a full-time student in order to receive any merit-based scholarships or financial aid. This would mean maintaining a schedule of at least 12 credits.

Q: What opportunities for internships and jobs do students have?

At Otis College, we have both work-study positions in the school as well as opportunities for our students to participate in internships. We have an annual intern fair where we invite companies from a variety of creative professions to meet our students and discuss internship opportunities. 80 % of our internships are paid positions and many of our students have found that internships can lead to permanent positions after graduation.


Q: Is there on-campus housing at Otis College?

A: Yes! We will be opening a new on-campus dormitory for fall 2016. The new dorm will feature 2 bedroom apartments, study lounges, dining hall, a new student union and much more. For more information, check out our housing page at

Q: Do you need a car?

A: No, the College has a number of ways of supporting students to access the city of Los Angeles as well as the local Westside neighborhoods. This includes everything from public transportation and short-term car rentals. Also, the campus has comprehensive amenities such as a dining hall and art store, with grocery stores and eateries in easy walking distance to campus.

Graduate FAQs

Q: Why can’t I find the option to apply for fall on the application for the MFA Graphic Design program?

A: The MFA Graphic Design program is summer entry only.

Q: The MFA Graphic Design program is described as a limited-residency program. Can I complete the degree online, from a distance and/or without moving to Los Angeles?

A: The program is two years and two months in total and composed of three consecutive full-time summers (completed on-site) with two part-time spring semesters (that can be completed on or off-site). Incoming students begin the program at the start of each summer session. International Students can expect to attend the program full-time throughout in order to maintain student visa requirements.

Q: Does Otis College offer housing for graduate students?

A: Yes, graduate students attending full-time can apply for on-campus student housing. More information is available on the Residence Life page at

Q: How do graduate students fund their education?

A: Otis graduate students typically fund their education through a combination of scholarship, financial aid, student loans and part-time work. Graduate departments award scholarships based on merit. These scholarships vary in amount and graduate scholarships do not provide full funding. The College offers on-campus work for pre-approved students. These positions vary and include: teaching assistantships, researching assistantships, tutoring, as well as assisting departments with office work, tours and special events.

Q: How can I learn more about the graduate programs? Does Otis College offer tours for prospective graduate students?

A: The admissions office provides daily one-on-one counseling for student interested in the graduate programs. Please contact the office to schedule an appointment. Otis Admissions also offers a regularly scheduled Graduate Info Session. At this event you can meet with Graduate Admissions staff and find out more about our graduate programs. Please know that our graduate programs occupy three different locations on the west side of Los Angeles. Graduate Fine Arts is located in Culver City, Graduate Public Practice is located in Santa Monica and Graduate Graphic Design and Writing are located on our main campus in Westchester. However, the main campus offers facilities, workshops and resources shared by all programs. To find out when the next scheduled info session will take place or to schedule a tour, please contact or call the Admissions office at 310.665.6820.

Q: Can I take just one or two classes from the graduate curriculum?

A: If you are interested in taking a few classes and not earning a degree, please take a look at the courses offered through our Continuing Education program.

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