Welcome to Otis, a vibrant community of practicing artists, designers, writers, and scholars who are dedicated to preparing leading creative professionals for the 21st century.
Located in Los Angeles, America’s Creative Super City, Otis is best known for its rigorous academic programs, cutting-edge learning technologies, commitment to community action, and abundant professional opportunities. The College is recognized nationally and internationally as a center of exploration, invention, and making.
The tremendous diversity of the student body is one of the College’s greatest strengths, stimulating imagination and empathy, and preparing students to thrive in a global and multicultural world. The exceptional faculty provides highly personalized instruction in inspiring studio and liberal studies courses, enabling students to develop a unique creative vision grounded in strong fundamentals.
Since 1918, Otis has been graduating artists and designers who have a highly developed creative intelligence and a global outlook, and are well on their way to professional success. The College’s alumni are well represented at the most significant museums and collecting institutions throughout the world, and in leading corporations and nonprofit organizations in the creative industries, comprising the arts, entertainment, and design.
From the art people experience to the environments they inhabit, from the clothes they wear to the products they use, Otis-educated artists and designers shape the visual world.
Kerry Walk, Ph.D.
Otis College of Art and Design
About the Interim President
Dr. Kerry Walk (B.A., Wellesley College, and Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Otis College of Art and Design, currently serving as Interim President. In her presidential role, she provides overall leadership and direction for the College, with responsibility for educational quality, student success, institutional advancement, and Board relations. In her role as Provost, Dr. Walk is responsible for providing educational leadership for the College and oversees the Division of Student Learning & Success, which comprises undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs, campus life programs, enrollment services, travel study and exchange programs, academic support services, and the galleries. Prior to joining Otis in 2011, Dr. Walk held academic leadership positions at Harvard University, Princeton University, and Pitzer College (a member of the Claremont University Consortium). At Princeton, she built and directed the acclaimed interdisciplinary Princeton Writing Program, and at Pitzer she spearheaded successful strategic planning and reaccreditation efforts. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Walk has 25 years of experience in the college classroom. Her publications, papers, and invited talks and workshops have focused on best practices in writing pedagogy, student writing development, and educational assessment. Her guide, Teaching with Writing, a publication of the Princeton Writing Program, is used for faculty development in institutions around the country.