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Career Outcomes

In 2018, the College launched a survey targeting all Otis 2017 Alumni. The survey had several goals. We wanted to determine employment rates, the duration of job searches, current work satisfaction, how Alumni connected their current work to art and design, how prepared they were for the working world, and how helpful they found the faculty and Career Services in getting their first job.

Survey Results

  • 61% (147/239) response rate for survey
  • Survey launched in Februray 2018, and closed at the end of March 2018
  • Survey results include undergraduate and graduate alumni responses

Employment Data

employment Employment Rate: 92% of the respondents were employed or in graduate school

Responses demonstrated that Otis graduates attained a higher percentage of employment following graduation than the national average.

Time Frame of Job Acquisition

Of those employed above, 92% of those who indicated they were employed told us that they landed their job within the first 6-months post-graduation.

  • 27% Before graduation
  • 44% Within 3-months post-graduation
  • 21% 4-6 months post-graduation

Relation to their Field of Study

90% of recent graduates are employed in a job related to art and design

As members of the Creative Economy, Otis Alumni are prepared to enter a variety of fields where art and design backgrounds are critical. Beginning in 2007, Otis College of Art and Design has hosted an annual Creative Economy event which highlights the current achievements and future projections of innovative artists and designers in the local and state economy. See Otis Report for the Creative Economy for more details.

Otis College Alumni Employment Rates: Longitudinal Data

Graph of Longitudinal Data

Top Criteria Job Searching

Top criteria alumni identified as important, in rank order, when choosing their first job post-graduation:

  1. Salary
  2. Opportunity for Professional Growth
  3. Creative Freedom
  4. Job Location
  5. Employer Reputation

Work-Life Satisfaction

95% of recent alumni rated their work-life satisfaction from good to excellent

Work satisfaction is important on financial, professional, and personal levels. The college is extremely proud that alumni move from a successful formal educational experience to rewarding careers with high job satisfaction.

What Otis Alumni Do: Position Titles

As the Report on the Creative Economy has demonstrated for over 10 years, artists and designers are key to a growing, vibrant economy with skills and knowledge that continually expand and integrate with new markets, new products, and new audiences.

Animator/ Designer


Architectural & Interior designer

Art Director


Assistant Designer

Assistant Language Teacher

Associate Designer

Associate Sculptor

Associate, Graphic Designer

Brand Designer

Broadcast Production Coordinator

Civil Agents TR GR

Concept Artist


Design Apprentice

Design Assistant

Design Associate

Design Coordinator

Design Director


Director of Communication

Fashion Design Assistant

Freelance Motion Designer

Graphic Designer


Illustrator/ animator

image tech

Interior Design Assistant

Interior Designer

Jr Graphic Designer

Junior Animator

Junior Art Director

Junior Designer

Junior Designer

Lead Assistant

Manager of Constituent Engagement

Motion Designer


product packaging designer

Production Assistant

Program Director

Retoucher and Artist Assistant

Social Media Animator/ Designer

Social Media Coordinator

Studio Assistant

Studio Manager


Visual display

Volunteer Art Coordinator

Where Otis Graduates Work

Abercrombie and Fitch

Agron Inc

Alexis Smith

Anna Hoffman



Armory Center for the Arts

Baroque Interiors

Beyond Yoga


Bmor Cartoons

Bob Mackie Designs

Bradley and Montgomery

Brand New School

Buraiki Engineering Consultant Office

California State University

Cassandra and Company

Charlie Compnay

Chimayo Press

Chimento contemporary




Defy Media

Dreamworks Animation

DSH Architecture

Edlio Inc

Elemental Superfood

Enfants riches deprimes

Eskimo Creative Studios

Exit Games

Eyestorm Productions

Final Touch Collection

Forever 21



Free People

G2000 Appearl

G-III Apparel


Global Brands Group

Greg Lauren LLC

Guggenheim Partners, LLC

Hallucinate Design Office

Halston Heritage


Hourglass Cosmetics

Human Garage

IJ Industrial dba Tina + Jo

Image: Global Vision

Imperial Toys

Industry Rag LLC/ Majestic Threads

James Huang

JDG Artwork

JET Program

Joe's Jeans

John Andrews

JT Lab/ Otis College of Art and Design

Kimberly Metz Photographer

L.A. Fabricators

LA Associates



Lane bryant

Le Cadeux

lily marshall

Lisa Soto Beacon Arts

Made in space


Midnight Sherpa


Naughty Dog




NMA Sports

Open Road Entertainment

Otis College of Art and Design

Pacific Sunwear

Perri Ellis

Petco Animal Supplies

Pop Media Group

Princes and Crows


Ralph Lauren

Rebellion VFX

Reebok International Ltd.

Reel FX

Riot Society


Sanctuary Clothing


Section Studios


Smart A&C, Inc

Special Effects Unlimited

Sprite Animation Studios

Standard Architecture

Stuart Posnock



Super Smooth Studios

Susana Monaco

The Aerospace Corporation

The Bouqs Company

The Mill

Thread & Supply

Tom Ford Beauty



Unique Vintage, and Amanda Charchian

Upload VR

Venice Arts

VR Sports


We are Royale

Wessco Intl. Esthetician

Women & Thier Work

XYS Media

High-Impact Practices like internships and a supportive Careers Services department ensure that Otis students can take advantage of employment opportunities during their college career which means they are well prepared for competitive job markets.In November 2015, The Economist ranked Otis College of Design 6th in the nation and the only art and design school for the value of its education in relation to employment and earning.

“This is a pivotal moment for Otis College of Art and Design. We have always known the value of an art and design education and have focused everything we do on student success, but to have recognition like this strengthens and confirms our convictions. We hope this information will elevate awareness on a national scale that the creative economy is a major force in the new world economy of the 21st century, where original ideas and creative thinkers are highly valued.” -- President Bruce W. Ferguson

Otis Prepares Graduates for the Working World

93% indicated Otis College did a “good/excellent” job in preparing them for the working world.

Faculty Impact on Job Acquisition

77% of respondents said that faculty was very/somewhat helpful in obtaining your first job.