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.

To request an official transcript please go to Otis College's Alumni Transcript Request web page

To request an unofficial transcript please email us at extension@otis.edu

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.

If your Extension class takes place online, you can access connection details (including Zoom, Nest, and Google Classroom links) in your Student Portal.

  • The Nest: All certificate and college credit courses run using the Nest, which is an online Learning Management System. We have created a guide for accessing and using Nest, which includes a Student Overview video, and step-by-step instructions. Please review the guide in advance of your coursework.
  • Google Classroom: Any online Extension course or program that runs under 30 hours in total class length will run using Google Classroom, which can be accessed through the Student Portal.

If your Extension class takes place on-campus, the Otis College campus address is 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045.
You will receive the classroom location details in your course confirmation email sent by the Extension office within two weeks of the start of the class. A map of the campus is located here.

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.

Otis College Extension provides free parking for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Instructions for applying for and picking up a parking placard to place in your car’s rear view mirror can be found here . Extension students first visiting campus who don’t have their parking placard yet will need to obtain a printable Visitor Parking pass, which you can apply for at this link

Available parking spaces are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The parking structure is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, however, a valid Otis parking pass or identification is required to enter the parking structure from 11:00 pm to 6:00 a.m. Otis College is not responsible for any theft, vandalism, or damage to vehicles or persons who park on-campus. More information about parking guidelines, restrictions, and reasons for citation can be found here.

Otis Extension students who require access to campus should apply for an Otis OneCard, which provides quick and convenient service on-campus and is your multi-purpose ID card. For more information, please visit this link.

Newly registered Extension students can obtain their OneCard by signing the OneCard Agreement here. More information will be emailed to students once they submit the form.

Extension students can pick up their One Card from the Office of Campus Safety and Security after signing the OneCard Agreement and when they come onto campus. The Office of Campus Safety and Security is open 24 hours a day. The office is located in Room 170 of the Academic Building; detailed map here. You must provide a government-issued photo ID in order to receive your OneCard.