Charles White Scholarship Promotion | Otis College


Apply for a Four-Year Scholarship to Otis College

The Charles White Art and Design Scholarship invites a new generation of young artists and designers from underrepresented communities to explore their passion and discover their creative futures. Continue the legacy of prominent American artist and instructor Charles White (1918-1979) with a four-year full tuition undergraduate scholarship at Otis College of Art and Design.

Get in touch with an admissions counselor to discuss your eligibility by submitting your information and choose a degree program in a field that interests you most such as animation, fashion design, fine arts, illustration, game and entertainment design, toy design, product design, and more.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be an undergraduate student
  • Must identify as being a member of an underrepresented community
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Possess strong creative talent and portfolio
  • Hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Charles White in Studio

About Charles White

Charles White (1918-1979) was a renowned draftsman, painter, printmaker, graphic artist, and activist. Born and raised in Chicago, he was a critical member of creative communities in each of these cities as an artist, activist, and educator. Determined to employ art in the struggle for social change, White created dignified portrayals of the African-American experience.

A Celebrated Instructor

White was the first African-American faculty member when he joined Otis in 1965, and was the head of the Drawing Department when he passed in 1979. White mentored artists across generations, as well as racial and cultural identities, and he encouraged them to produce work regardless of subject matter. He went beyond simply teaching technique. White encouraged his students to have the courage to be authentic.

Our Degree Programs

Our eight Bachelor of Fine Arts programs provide a rich curriculum grounded in liberal arts, ethical business practices, and community-driven projects that support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity. Students interested in pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree can choose between two programs in Fine Arts or Graphic Design, each led by renowned faculty who are redefining their respective fields. As a student at Otis College, you’ll develop your craft in a rigorous, supportive environment that provides a strong foundation for you as a professional artist.

Upcoming Deadlines

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Early Action Deadline: December 1
Final Deadline: February 15
Scholarship Essay Due: March 15

  • BFA in Animation

    In our BFA in Animation program, students will bring characters and stories to life through the magic of animation. Using a wide variety of techniques, from traditional 2D animation to 3D tools and techniques, you will develop narratives that evoke viewers emotionally and culturally. Special emphasis is placed on storytelling and acting, as well as traditional drawing skills and business insight. 

  • BFA in Fashion Design

    The program differentiates itself by providing a structured curriculum with a singular emphasis on developing capable, innovative, and professional fashion designers, with a comprehensive knowledge of both moderate and designer markets. Unlike other programs, where students compete for faculty attention and resources, our students receive an abundance of guidance from faculty in a resource-rich environment that encourages collaboration to accelerate their development. For decades, this formula has proven successful in preparing students for a seamless transition into the industry. This is evidenced by approximately 86% of each graduating class employed as Assistant Fashion Designers within 3 months of graduation.

  • BFA in Fine Arts

    As a Fine Arts student at Otis College, you’ll work through your ideas and make them visual. In this small, mentor-based program, you’ll work both in group studios and one-on-one, artist-to-artist, with our faculty of working professionals. You can choose from three concentrations in our BFA program: Painting, Photography or Sculpture/New Genres. You’ll have a studio space of your own and access to a full range of labs, shops, and studios.

  • BFA in Game and Entertainment Design

    In our Game and Entertainment Design program, you will develop your skills in game art, concept art, and visual development, learning the principles and processes involved in creating visual representations of characters, environments, and props for games, films, and motion design.

  • BFA in Graphic Design

    Our BFA in Graphic Design challenges students to research, develop, and refine projects that combine image-making and typographic form in order to communicate visually in meaningful ways across a wide variety of media. Students learn to articulate a critical and theoretical perspective and develop graphic design skills, including UX/UI, typography and type design, storyboarding and designing motion sequences, and printmaking and traditional letterpress. Strong craft and presentation skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum. 

  • BFA in Illustration

    Our BFA in Illustration guides students to develop a strong personal style in their images and use their image-making skills to refine their own self-directed creative practices, as well as support the communication needs of a variety of clients in multiple contexts. Illustration majors prepare for careers as professional Illustrators, art directors, storyboard artists, comic book writers, children’s book illustrators, exhibition designers, textile and fabric designers, and muralists. Recent employers and clients of graduates include Disney, Nike, Hurley International, Chronicle Books, LA Weekly, College of the Canyons, and Davis Elen Advertising.

  • BFA in Product Design

    The Product Design major at Otis College is a career focused multidisciplinary design program that trains students to become life-long learners and designers that create and disseminate new knowledge through the creation of original designs that enhance the human experience and advance culture overall.  The program is an inspired community of makers where experimenting, creating, and collaborating is a way of life. Students learn design and making skills in 2D and 3D skills to create consumer products and meaningful objects through hands-on studio projects and professional internship experiences.

  • BFA in Toy Design

    Otis College offers one of the only comprehensive four year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Toy Design in the world. Taught by faculty and guest mentors who are renowned toy design and entertainment professionals, the program focuses on the process of designing and bringing toys to market. Students create toys for all ages, across numerous categories, with a focus on play. Many of the world’s largest toy and entertainment companies are a few miles from campus and are at the center of a multibillion-dollar industry that provides an enormous professional steppingstone for our budding toy designers.

A Prolific and Influential Artist

Charles White, Love Letter III, 1977

Charles White, Sound of Silence, 1978

Charles White, Our Land, 1951


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