Environmental Design

Architecture (buildings), landscape (spaces between buildings), and interiors (spaces within buildings) organize and shape the contexts for everyone’s activities and relations.

Students in the multidisciplinary Environmental Design major study in one of its two Areas of Emphasis. The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Area of Emphasis uniquely addresses all three of the department's design fields within a single, sequential curriculum. The Interiors + Furniture Area of Emphasis focuses on the full material development of interior spaces that include custom cabinetry and complementary furniture designed specifically for those spaces (not commercial production, i.e. Product Design). Both Areas of Emphasis focus on design supported by technology and theory courses, and culminate in a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. At the core of both Areas of Emphasis are six comprehensive studios, five of which address potential real-world projects sited in Los Angeles and other cities. Support courses present the materials and methods of building, landscape, and interior construction; physical and digital communication skills and media; and the history and theory of spatial design.

In senior year, Environmental Design students travel to another U.S. city, such as New York, Chicago, or Seattle, to research the site and urban context of their final studio project. All seniors work together collaboratively to design, fabricate, assemble, and install a full-scale spatial environment as part of Otis College’s Annual Exhibition.

Environmental Design graduates work in architecture, landscape, and interiors firms as well as firms that address related fields such as exhibition, lighting, water feature, and set or production design. Our graduates have completed post-graduate degrees, such as Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture, and Master of Science in Civil Engineering.

Environmental Design graduates may become licensed architects through work experience and testing in California, with no additional education.

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Architecture (buildings), landscape (spaces between buildings), and interiors (spaces within buildings) organize and shape the contexts for everyone’s activities and relations.

Students in the multidisciplinary Environmental Design major study in one of its two Areas of Emphasis. The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Area of Emphasis uniquely addresses all three of the department's design fields within a single, sequential curriculum. The Interiors + Furniture Area of Emphasis focuses on the full material development of interior spaces that includes custom cabinetry and complementary furniture designed specifically for those spaces (not commercial production, i.e. Product Design). Both Areas of Emphasis focus on design supported by technology and theory courses, and culminate in a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. At the core of both Areas of Emphasis are six comprehensive studios, five of which address potential real-world projects sited in Los Angeles and other cities. Support courses present the materials and methods of building, landscape, and interior construction; physical and digital communication skills and media; and the history and theory of spatial design.

In senior year, Environmental Design students travel to another U.S. city, such as New York, Chicago, or Seattle, to research the site and urban context of their final studio project. All seniors work together collaboratively to design, fabricate, assemble, and install a full-scale spatial environment as part of Otis College’s Annual Exhibition.

Environmental Design graduates work in architecture, landscape, and interiors firms as well as organizations that address related fields such as exhibition, lighting, water feature, and set or production design. Our graduates have gone on to complete post-graduate degrees, such as a Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture, or Master of Science in Civil Engineering. 

Environmental Design graduates may become licensed architects through work experience and testing in California, with no additional education.