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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

Otis College Huntington Merchandise
April 11th, 2024

Otis Design Lab Receives Graphis New Talent Award

A merchandise collection with The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens earned Design Lab students a Silver Award
O-Launch Weekend
March 22nd, 2024

O-Launch Weekend Will Celebrate the Next Generation of Artists and Designers

A campus-wide exhibition, fashion show, open studios, and more showcase student work from across Otis College
Alison Saar
March 20th, 2024

Otis College Alum Alison Saar Selected to Create a Sculpture for Paris Olympics

“It is my hope that this work…will become a gathering space for the public.”
Otis Staff talking
March 15th, 2024

A Week of Creativity and Community at Otis College

March has welcomed visiting artists, a documentary, and even Katy Perry.
Dawn Baillie
March 14th, 2024

Dawn Baillie, Otis College Alum and Board of Trustees Member, Featured in The New York Times

Baillie’s movie posters are the subject of an exhibition in New York City.
Student walking toward residence hall
March 13th, 2024

On-Campus Housing Gives High School Students a Taste of College Life During Summer of Art

Staying in the Residence Hall for the month-long program at Otis College is a fully immersive experience.


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