Events
  • Creative Action and the Otis Community Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.

     

    This week from 4:00 - 5:00 pm is Welcome to the Haunted Boulevard. Join DJ Platinum (Grace Potter) and DJ Batsy (Jessi Hita) for a journey of the folklores, urban legends, and paranormal encounters from different cultures. 

     

    Listen online at KLMU.

  • Creative Action and the Otis Community Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.

     

  • Mexican artist Yoshua Okón’s videos blur the lines between documentary, reality, and fiction. He collaborates closely with his actors (often amateurs who are also the subjects of the work) to create sociological examinations that ask viewers to contemplate uncomfortable situations and circumstances.
  • Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California.

  • Gallery 169 will be hosting the Otis College of Art and Design Communication Arts Graphic Design Junior Show, "5328," displaying a selection of work made over the five thousand twenty eight hours that make up the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Work will include collected posters, publications, and typographic projects.
  • Clay, Body is a solo exhibition from artist Sydney Aubert: Unapologetically fat, crass, and sexual, a ceramics artist who also works in video, and whatever other materials arouse her in the moment. Exhibition will be on view from Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28 at the Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design. On view by appointment only, please contact the artist at sydney.aubert@gmail.com Reception: Thursday, April 27 | 6pm-9pm Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design

  • Audrey Wollen is a feminist theorist and visual artist based in Los Angeles. Wollen uses social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, as platforms for her work on Sad Girl Theory, a theory which posits that internalized female sadness can be used as a radical and political action, separate from masculinized forms of protests such as anger and violence. She introduces this form of protest as an alternative to masculinized anger and violence.

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Fashion Design

Innovation in fashion design results from a rigorous process of developing and editing ideas that address specific design challenges.

 

Students in our program become educated and practiced in all aspects of the design process as they work towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fashion Design.  The program differentiates itself from other art and design competitors by providing a structured curriculum with a singular emphasis on developing capable, innovative, and professional fashion designers (with a comprehensive knowledge of both moderate and designer markets).  For decades, this formula has proven successful in shaping students into creative professionals prepared for a seamless transition into the industry.  

 

With a student to faculty ratio of approximately 13:1, our intensive program features current and visible designers, who serve as mentors, working in tandem with expert, professional faculty to facilitate beneficial learning experiences. In their Junior and Senior years, they have the opportunity to work in teams to create unique designs under the guidance of mentors, emulating professional designers and following the industry's seasonal schedule. Students emerge from our program as creative professionals prepared for the industry. Mentors for Juniors and Seniors include Ruben & Isabel Toledo, A|X, Anthropologie, Leon Max, Under Armour, Halston,Kaufman/Franco, Albert Wolsky, Patagonia, Todd Oldham, Nicole Miller, Vera Wang, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Eddie Bauer,Uniqlo, Monique Lhuillier, Nike, Natalie Chanin, Trina Turk, John Varvatos, Hurley, Urban Outfitters, Disney, Universal Studios, Tadashi, Mattel, Cirque du Soleil, and Bob Mackie. See this year’s mentors and a full list of past mentors.

 

Sustainable design principles are part of a core curriculum that focuses on designing for tomorrow.  Offering core coursework that explores eco-friendly, smart design, fashion students also have the option to minor in Sustainability. The department is also the proud founder of the Otis Sustainability Alliance, a group of creative leaders from the fields of fashion, design, art, and higher education who are committed to advancing the environmental, social, educational, and economic dimensions of sustainability through our work as artists, designers, and educators.  See Otis Sustainability Alliance.

 

The program's high profile events and robust network create avenues to showcase student talent, and together preparation and visibility create a demand for Otis students.  Junior and Senior designs are featured at the annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, and showcased in the Neiman Marcus windows in Beverly Hills.

 

Students study in a resource-rich environment with access to cutting-edge technology.  As an educational leader in the fashion industry, the Otis Fashion Design program enjoys many collaborations with industry technology leaders who offer the latest technology to Otis Fashion students to test its viability and its application to directional fashion versus basic fashion.  This creates an invaluable learning experience for students keeping them on the cusp of developments and innovation. Additionally, Los Angeles provides one of the largest selections of textiles and notions in the United States. With abundant resources and references at their fingertips, students produce original designs and develop collections for their portfolio throughout their studies.

 

Within three months of graduation, 86% of the graduating class are employed as Assistant Fashion Designers and making approximately 30% more than the average salary.  Many seniors are recruited prior to graduation and all juniors are provided opportunities to intern at vetted brands and ateliers.  Alumni thrive in the industry and quickly make their way to positions of leadership or develop their own collections or brands.  See Careers and Internships and Notable Alumni.

 

The program is competitive and enjoys top ranking. Ranked #1 nationally and #1 on the West Coast, it receives ample press and continues to thrive.

 

Foundation Forward 2015: Fashion Design from Otis College of Art and Design.

 

Fashion Design majors may opt to declare a Sustainability Minor.  Please see Minors for more information.

Fashion Design majors also have the option of studying with an emphasis on Costume Design.

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