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Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

Otis College Extension certificate programs are designed for individuals developing a new career, making career changes, or seeking to enhance exist­ing art or design skills. Programs provide intensive, practical training in a variety of art and design dis­ciplines, combining the study of aesthetic principles with the acquisition of practical skills. Courses are designed to help students develop professional-qual­ity portfolios in their chosen design fields.


Open to all adults, 18 and over, who fulfill prerequisites.

Certificate Credit for Completed Otis College Extension Courses

Students may apply credit from prior Extension courses under the following conditions:

  1. Otis College Extension courses were completed no more than three years prior to enroll­ment in the Certificate Program.
  2. Courses were taken at Credit or Certificate status (non-credit is unacceptable).
  3. Grades were “C” or better.
  4. Courses were relevant to a specific curriculum requirement in the program.

Courses taken outside the Otis College Extension program are not accepted for credit toward certificate core courses.

Professional Experience

Appropriate professional experience in the discipline may be substituted for a core course or courses; documentation supporting this experience or a portfolio of work should be submitted to the Extension office prior to beginning the certificate program. The student must fulfill the required number of units to complete a certificate and select courses from the remaining core classes and electives to replace the substituted course.

Enrollment Status

Two choices are available:

Certificate Credit (XT): non-transferable credit. Grad­ed on a letter grade system. (“C” grade or better is required for certificate credit.) A permanent record is kept in the Office of Registration and Records.

College Credit (UG): transferable unit credit. Graded on a letter grade system. (“C” grade or better is required for certificate credit.)

Credit students are required to complete additional classwork in order to successfully complete a course.


Talk with an Otis College Extension representa­tive to discuss courses.

Call 310-665-6850, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm Please call in advance for an appointment.

Certificate Program Application and Fee

Students entering Otis College Extension Certificate Programs are required to complete a Certificate Program Enrollment Application and pay a one-time $185 application fee.

Students should submit a Certificate Program Enrollment Application and pay the Certificate Application Fee prior to enrolling in their third course. Application fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Only those who have enrolled in a Certificate Program are eligible to receive a final certificate.

Counseling/Portfolio Reviews

This application fee enables students to meet with a counselor two times during their course of study:

  1. once they have completed an application to a Certificate Program and
  2. the semester prior to completing their certificate

Students should call the Extension office to set up an appointment.

For further information, please call 310-665-6850.


All required courses and electives must have been taken at Certificate (XT) status or Credit (UG) status and have received a grade of “C” or better.

The Certificate Program must be completed within four years of submitting your application and fee. Upon completion of all courses, the student must complete the Petition for Certificate Completion to receive their certificate. The Continuing Education Office verifies that all requirements have been met and then issues the certificate. Certificates are issued approximately twice per year, in June and December. (Deadline for December 15 is June 15; deadline for June 15 is December 15.)


Certificate Program Enrollment Application

Petition for Certificate Completion