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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

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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.

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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.

Start Your Journey

Start Your Journey

Discover Courses, Camps, and Certificates

Certificates and Courses

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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September 22nd, 2022

Otis Extension’s UX/UI for Web Design Certificate Program Propels Students into Thriving Careers

The new program helps students pivot toward an exciting career in web design in as little as 12 months.
Joan Takayama-Ogawa: Ceramic Beacon
September 16th, 2022

Otis College Faculty Joan Takayama-Ogawa’s Retrospective at Craft in America Opens September 17

The retrospective is the first significant survey of work by this third-generation ceramic artist. 
Otis College instructor Raul Moreno with students
September 12th, 2022

Meet an Otis Instructor: Raul Moreno on Teaching in Otis College’s Digital Media Department, What Inspires Him, and More

“I have always felt it was important to be patient and have empathy for people while they are learning,” Moreno says.
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August 26th, 2022

The Group Celebrates 50 Years of Helping Otis College Students

“A lot of us are artists and people who just want to try and help the arts,” says current The Group President Ellen Castleman.
Main image: Andrea Bowers, Step it Up Activist, Sand Key Reef, Key West, Florida, Part of North America’s Only remaining Coral Barrier Reef, 2009 (Colored pencil on paper; 22 ¼ by 30 inches)
August 25th, 2022

Don’t Miss Artist and Otis Faculty Member Andrea Bowers’s Retrospective at The Hammer

“Activism and art are inseparable,” writes the Los Angeles Times of Bowers’s work, which is on view at The Hammer through September 4.
New Game Design Chair Joffery Black
August 17th, 2022

Otis College Welcomes Joffery Black as New Chair of Game Design Program

“The plus side of [game design] skills is that they translate into careers for the next frontier of real-time development jobs,” says the industry veteran and educator.

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