Why Otis?

A leader in art and design education for over 100 years.

Otis College educates a diverse community of students to become highly skilled, well-informed, and responsible professionals -- empowering them to shape the world. Ideally situated within Los Angeles, our distinguished programs and instructors transform students’ lives through rigorous practice that nurtures and propels their creativity, skill, vision, and critical thinking.

Why Otis?

A leader in art and design education for over 100 years.

Otis College educates a diverse community of students to become highly skilled, well-informed, and responsible professionals -- empowering them to shape the world. Ideally situated within Los Angeles, our distinguished programs and instructors transform students’ lives through rigorous practice that nurtures and propels their creativity, skill, vision, and critical thinking.

Extension FAQs

Students can register and pay online by visiting the Courses section of the Extension Catalog. Course costs are listed with each course description. Students must be registered in a course before the start of the second class session. Students not enrolled by the start of the second class session may not attend class.

You may take care of most registration business (enroll, add, drop, transfer or change credit status) through the Student Portal.

Early enrollment is advised.

For questions or concerns, please contact Extension Registration at extreg@otis.edu or 310.665.6952.

Students must be registered by the first class meeting. Early enrollment is advised, as many Extension courses fill well before the first week of classes.
Yes, private student loans are available through Wells Fargo and Sallie Mae to credit worthy students. These private student loans are only available to students enrolled in a certificate program and will only be certified to cover the cost of tuition and fees for one term at a time. Please contact the Financial Aid Office (310.665.6880) for more information.
Yes, Otis College of Art and Design is fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
If you have general questions regarding Otis Extension courses please contact the Otis Extension office at 310.665.6850 or extension@otis.edu. If you would like information about an Otis Extension Certificate Programs, you may make an appointment with an Otis Extension Counselor. Please contact the Otis Extension office at 310.665.6850 or extension@otis.edu to set an appointment.
The enrollment process is overall the same for youth and adults, which takes place by adding an individual course to your cart, and completing your purchase in your shopping cart.

However, please be aware of the following additional steps for youth courses:

If you are a returning students and/or family, please be aware that Otis College Extension recently launched a new student portal system. In order to register for a youth program, you must create a new student profile. If registering multiple students, you must assign a unique email address to each student.

All All K-12 and Pre-College students are required to complete and return a K-12 and Precollege Mandatory Forms Packet prior to admittance into the classroom. Students will not be permitted to attend without this. Please complete that form here: https://otiscollege.formstack.com/forms/k12_mandatory_forms_online
Your online course content will be hosted in Google Classroom or Kannu. Live sessions will be conducted over Zoom. Your instructor will send you an invitation to join the virtual classroom a few days before class. Any needed links for live zoom sessions will also be sent at this time.

All online courses run with the teaching method of synchronous, asynchronous, or a combination of the two. Refer to the section notes for how to find this information for your class. If you do not receive a classroom or Zoom invitation or have problems connecting, please contact extension@otis.edu or (310) 665-6850.
Short term workshops will take place primarily over Zoom. You will receive an invitation to join the workshop via Zoom a few days prior to the event.
Online classes require access to the following set up:
  • Computer or a mobile device (tablet or smartphone)
  • Webcam (either built-in or attached you your device): Live sessions only
  • High speed internet access (Wi-Fi or 4G/5G)
  • Zoom app (system requirements): Live sessions only
  • Additional set up requirements may be detailed on the webpage for your class.
Asynchronous: Taught through an online learning environment, allowing for flexibility with scheduling of the student's participation in activities. Includes organized discussions, posts and replies to messages, and uploaded multimedia and resources.

Synchronous: Taught through an online learning environment, allowing for the instructor and students to meet during scheduled times. Includes lectures, demos and discussions via Zoom.
Students are responsible for purchasing the required materials for their classes. To find out what is required for a class go to the class listing on the extension website. In addition, certain course requirements may be required including software and/or hardware set up.

Plan to have all materials list for the first day of class unless the list specifies which items are needed for the first class.