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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.

Youth Courses

Otis College Extension offers a large spectrum of both weekend and after-school programs that will advance your child’s interest and abilities in art and design. With courses in numerous disciplines, our lineup of programs will meet whatever goals your child is looking to reach.

Otis College in the News

Otis College News

Artist Steve Roden
September 8th, 2023

The Art World Mourns the Loss of Steve Roden (’86 BFA Fine Arts)

The visual artist and musician made a profound impact on his contemporaries. 
A Product Design instructor demonstrates a project to 6 students
September 7th, 2023

Otis College Announces Jennifer Caveza to Chair Product Design

The veteran consumer products executive takes an expanded role at the school to lead both Toy and Product Design programs.
Otis College extension student at work in the Metal Lab
August 31st, 2023

Three Reasons To Take That Art and Design Class You’ve Been Considering

Otis Extension’s Fall 2023 courses offer a variety of ways to ignite your creative spark.
A teacher watching two school chdren working on an art project
August 24th, 2023

Otis College’s Art and Design Education Minor Prepares Students for Careers as Creatives and Educators

The program is one of 13 minors offered at Otis College.
Mai Tai Preece, a rising Junior at Otis College
August 11th, 2023

Otis College Junior Wins Prestigious Gucci Changemakers Scholarship

MaiTae Preece is the second Otis Fashion Design student in as many years to receive the award.
A team of designers work on UX/UI projects on a desk with drawings and post-it notes.
July 31st, 2023

A Career in UX/UI Can Earn Over $100K a Year. Otis Extension Offers a Certificate

Upskill in your current job or reskill for a new career with Otis Extension’s UX/UI for Web Design Certificate Program.


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