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Extension Policies & Procedures


Otis College of Art and Design is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).



Otis College of Art and Design is a member of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).


Otis College of Art and Design, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and College policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy/childbirth and medical conditions relat­ed thereto, disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, veteran status, or other characteristics or classifications protected by the law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in College programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Amy Gantman, Dean, Otis College Extension, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045, 310-665-6850

Unless otherwise noted, Otis College Extension cours­es are limited to adults, aged 18 or older. Younger students must receive written approval from both the instructor and Dean of Continuing Education prior to registration. Please see Young Artist Work­shops for courses open to younger students.


Otis College of Art and Design reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to deny any person’s registration or enrollment in, or admittance to, any Otis College Extension course.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA)

Master of Fine Arts Degree (MFA)

For information, call the Admissions Office at 310-665-6820.



Our instructors are drawn from the best of the city’s working professionals – individuals who combine the theoretical approach of the classroom with the know-how that marks a successful career.



Private student loans are available through Wells Fargo and Sallie Mae to credit worthy students. These private student loans are only available to students who are enrolled in a certificate program and will only be certified to cover the cost of tuition and fees for each semester at a time. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 310-665-6880 if you have questions regarding the private loan process.



Otis College of Art and Design facilities are acces­sible to, and special arrangements are made for, physically challenged students. Any student needing these services should contact the Extension Office at 310-665-6850.



If you are a student with a documented disability (physical, learning, or psychological) you should contact Disability Services (located in Ahmanson 205, 310-846-2554) before you need any accommo­dations. Retroactive accommodations are not provided, so please be sure to make your request early. All discussions will remain confidential. For additional information please visit Students with Disabilities Services



Otis College of Art and Design BFA students may enroll in Extension courses with the approval of their Department Chair and the Otis College Extension Department.

See the Office of Registration and Records for com­plete information.

Junior and Senior Students:

1.) Otis College Extension courses may be substituted for a degree requirement at the discretion of the student’s department chair, but only as an indepen­dent study.

2.) The add/drop card must be approved by both the Department Chair and the Dean of Otis College Extension.


Prior to going to their first class, students should check-in with an Extension representative at the front desk of Ahmanson Building for their classroom location.



The Otis College of Art and Design attendance policy is as follows: Instructors keep attendance records. All students, no matter what their enrollment status, are expected to attend class regularly and on time. Missing 20% of class meetings results in a failing grade. Three tardies are equal to one absence. Each student has an obligation to contribute to the academic performance of all through full participation in the work of each class. If special difficulties arise, the student should first consult his/her instructor. Contact the Otis College Extension Office if there is no resolution.



Prerequisites must be satisfied through previous course work, portfolio, or experience. Portfolios are requested for admission to some courses.

Portfolio reviews are available by appointment. Please call the Otis College Extension Office at 310-665-6850 for further information.

Students preparing to enter a new career without previous art or design experience should complete the recommended prerequisite courses before (or concurrent with) enrollment in a particular sequence. Demonstration of equivalent experience is accepted as meeting prerequisite and beginning required courses.



Emergencies: to find out information in case of an emergency call 1-888-751-7523.

Otis College Safety and Security: 310-665-6965

Westchester Campus security guards are available to greet and direct students during all evening and weekend hours.


Skirball Cultural Center Security: 310-440-4676

Skirball security is staffed 24/7 and Site Managers are available to greet and direct students during all evening and weekend hours.



Otis College of Art and Design, Elaine & Bram Goldsmith Campus (main campus):

Parking permits for Otis College Extension students are available at no additional cost. Parking passes are provided through the Campus Safety Office, located on the 1st floor of the Academic Building, Suite 170.

Please follow these instructions to request a parking pass:

  • Visit this link
  • Complete the form
  • You will need to know your vehicle license plate number to complete the form
  • Note: Select the “Extension Program” option from the drop down menu
  • Upon successful submission, you will receive a confirmation email
  • Save and show the confirmation email to Campus Safety on the first day of classes
  • You can also access Otis College parking through the Dashboard option, Click on Safety and Security, then Click on Parking Pass and complete the form
  • Parking regulations are enforced and violators maybe cited and or towed

Contact Otis Campus Safety at 310-665-6965 with any questions.


American Jewish University: Parking Information


Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden:

Parking at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is free and located on-site at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007.


Skirball Cultural Center:

Parking at the Skirball Cultural Center is free and located on-site at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049.


Vita Art Center:

Street parking is available in front of the building, located at 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, CA 93001.