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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

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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.

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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.

Start Your Journey

Start Your Journey

Discover Courses, Camps, and Certificates

Certificates and Courses

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Ramon Tejada
December 5th, 2022

Otis College MFA Graphic Design Alum Ramon Tejada Discusses the Program’s Professional and Personal Impact

Tejada says the classmates and instructors he met have been “one of my life’s most important series of relationships.”
Ahmanson Hall lobby at Otis College of Art and Design
November 21st, 2022

Full-Tuition Scholarship in Honor of Otis College Instructor Charles White Expands to Students from across the United States

White influenced prominent artists of color and celebrated Otis alumni including Kerry James Marshall, Ulysses Jenkins, Judithe Hernández, and many others. 
Otis College Veteran Students Justus Anderson, left, and Saul Ceniceros
November 11th, 2022

Veterans Day Spotlight: How Two Veteran Students Landed at Otis College’s Digital Media Program

Saul Ceniceros and Justus Anderson lean into their experience in the military to get through creative challenges.
Otis College 2022 Halloween Costume Contest Participants
November 3rd, 2022

See Otis College Students’ Cool, Creative Halloween Costumes and Dia de Los Muertos Altar

Traditions continued with the annual Halloween Costume Parade and Dia de Los Muertos Celebration
Billy Al Bengston by by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
October 13th, 2022

Otis College Alumnx Billy Al Bengston (’57 BFA Fine Arts) Dies at 88

Read more about the influential West Coast artist in obituaries by the Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic, and ArtNews.
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September 29th, 2022

How Otis College Paved the Way for These Successful Fashion Designers

Sara Angelucci and Tia Usher both share how the Fashion Design program prepared them to make it in a competitive industry.

77%

of our population consists of students of color

92%

of students receive some type of financial aid assistance

88%

of recent graduates are employed within one year of graduation

91%

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