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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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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.

Summer of Art

Summer of Art is an intensive, college immersion experience designed for developing creatives in high school or beyond who are 14.5 years of age or older. The program is ideal for experienced, young artists interested in deepening their skills, as well as students with minimal or informal art training.

Otis College in the News

Otis College News

Student looking at butterfly blanket
May 21st, 2024

Solo Exhibitions Give MFA Fine Arts Students a Chance to Present, Perform, and Discuss Their Work

The annual thesis shows are one of several on-campus exhibition opportunities
Snap instructor with student
May 20th, 2024

How Snap Lens Lab Led Two Young Digital Artists to Otis College

Phuong Le and Phoebe Kim explored AR and college life during the pre-college program.
Student at O Launch Weekend
May 20th, 2024

O-Launch Spotlights Student Talent with Campus-wide Exhibition, Fashion Show, and Open Studios

The annual event featured work from Otis’s nine BFA and two MFA programs, with a focus on the graduating class of 2024.
Otis College Fine Arts Senior Jessie Gaudet Announced as 2024 Valedictorian
May 10th, 2024

Otis College Fine Arts Senior Jessie Gaudet Announced as 2024 Valedictorian

Gaudet will deliver remarks alongside this year’s honorary degree recipients Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Janet Marie Smith.
Otis Atelier event picture
May 2nd, 2024

Fashion Design Junior Ethan Prins Receives Mandy Einstein Fashion Scholarship

The scholarship was awarded during the third annual Otis Atelier fundraising event.
April 25th, 2024

Meet Three Otis Extension Instructors from Labs and Shops

These practicing artists share their woodworking, metal sculpture, and printmaking skills with students.


of our population consists of students of color


of students receive some type of financial aid assistance


of recent graduates are employed within one year of graduation


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