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Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares students in the art and design capital of Los Angeles for a dynamic future in the creative economy. The College educates a diverse community of over 1,200 students in a supportive setting to become highly skilled professionals in established and emerging creative sectors. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar winners, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, entrepreneurs, and design stars at influential companies including Apple, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Netflix.

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Degrees at Otis College

Undergraduate Programs

Otis College offers undergraduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity.

Graduate Programs

Otis College offers two graduate MFA programs in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, each led by renowned faculty who are redefining their respective fields. As a graduate student, you’ll develop your craft in a rigorous, supportive environment that provides a strong foundation for you as a professional artist.

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Start Your Journey

Discover Courses, Camps, and Certificates

Certificates and Courses

Certificates Programs

Choose from 15 certificate programs that will propel you forward in your career and open doors for you that you might not have known existed. Our certificate programs are great  for working professionals and are structured to help you achieve your goals.

Adult Courses

Take an individual course that serves your personal or professional goals. From one-day workshops to 10-week courses, Otis Extension offers a wide array of offerings that will help you gain valuable insights into a new field or creative technique.

Youth Camps

Summer Youth Camps are a mainstay at Otis College, and we’re excited to see them grow in popularity each year. Our weeklong day camps offer fun opportunities for young artists to discover a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, and more in a creative and collaborative setting.

Youth Courses

Otis College Extension offers a large spectrum of both weekend and after-school programs that will advance your child’s interest and abilities in art and design. With courses in numerous disciplines, our lineup of programs will meet whatever goals your child is looking to reach.

Otis College in the News

Otis College News

Miller Robinson (’14 BFA Fine Arts)
November 22nd, 2023

Miller Robinson (’14 BFA Fine Arts) on Process and Showing in the Hammer Museum’s Biennial

“I came from a very sheltered background, so when I started art school it gave me permission to start understanding myself”
November 10th, 2023

Three Veterans on Otis College Campus Share Their Perspective for Veterans Day

“I am now able to express my experiences through my art and positively work through them.”
Decorative garden designed by Roert Irwin at The Getty Center
November 6th, 2023

In Memoriam: Otis College Alum Robert Irwin Has Died at Age 95

A leading figure in the Light and Space movement, Irwin will also be remembered as the artist behind The Getty Center’s beloved garden.
Artwork by Trenton Doyle Hancock
November 3rd, 2023

Trenton Doyle Hancock to Deliver Mandy and Cliff Einstein Visiting Artist Lecture at Otis College

The Texas-based artist has exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions.
Los Angeles Fashion Week panelists at Fashion Reimagined screening event
October 30th, 2023

Otis College Fashion Design Students and Chair Jill Zeleznik Participate in Los Angeles Fashion Week

Student work was on display at NYA Studios and Zeleznik spoke during a panel on sustainability
Otis College students visit annual Toy Fair in New York
October 26th, 2023

Otis College Toy Design Program Participated in the Toy Association's Annual Toy Fair

Toy Design Chair Jennifer Caveza delivered a keynote and students displayed work


of our population consists of students of color


of students receive some type of financial aid assistance


of recent graduates are employed within one year of graduation


of our recent graduates work in the field of art and design