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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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Start Your Journey

Discover Courses, Camps, and Certificates

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

Netflix x Otis College Entertainment Marketing Certificate
January 23rd, 2023

Otis College and Netflix Launch Career Pipeline Program for Students from Underrepresented Communities

The Access: Netflix x Otis Entertainment Certificate Program will recruit, educate, and prepare students for competitive careers in entertainment marketing.
Otis College MFA Fine Arts Thesis Shows Spring 2023
January 20th, 2023

Be Sure to Catch Otis College’s MFA Thesis Shows on View Now through May

The second-year MFA Fine Arts candidates will be exhibiting their thesis projects in the College’s on-campus Bolsky Gallery.
Marjan Harmozi, left, Area Head of Drawing Form and Drawing Studio, works with a Foundation student
January 18th, 2023

Five Ways Otis College’s First Year Foundation Program Ensures Student Success

The exploration and growth that students make in their first year at Otis College paves the way to graduation and beyond.
2022 Holiday Greeting from Otis College of Art and Design
December 16th, 2022

Otis College Celebrates the 2022 Holiday Season with a Spirited Greeting

This year’s holiday video celebrates the students who make the College and its environs such a warm and welcoming place. 
Otis College student with Eastern European immigrant
December 14th, 2022

Otis College Students Tell Stories of Eastern European Elders Against the Backdrop of War in Ukraine

Through the CAIL course, True Stories, Otis students transformed the elders’ stories into beautiful visual portraits of their life experiences. 
Nathaniel Bustion and his work
December 12th, 2022

In Memoriam: Nathaniel Bustion, Otis College Alumnus and Former Student of Charles White, Has Died

The artist credited White with an art education “I couldn’t get anywhere else on the planet.”

77%

of our population consists of students of color

92%

of students receive some type of financial aid assistance

88%

of recent graduates are employed within one year of graduation

91%

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