Otis College of Art and Design today unveiled a partnership with Netflix to launch a new program that will give underrepresented students a leg up in exciting careers in entertainment. The Access: Netflix x Otis Entertainment Certificate Program, which is now accepting applications, leverages both Otis’ leadership and commitment to diversity and Netflix’s unparalleled industry expertise to provide a unique opportunity for historically underrepresented students of color, who have traditionally lacked access to jobs in entertainment marketing. Admitted students will learn critical art and design skills with Otis College, while receiving hands-on training from entertainment industry professionals.
“Otis College is grateful for Netflix’s partnership in launching this unique program for underrepresented students who are passionate about working in the entertainment marketing industry,” says Charles Hirschhorn, President of Otis College. “At Otis, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where all students can thrive in their personal, professional, and academic endeavors. We are thrilled that Netflix not only recognizes but also shares our commitment to providing ambitious students with the opportunity to learn and enter careers in entertainment marketing and design. We hope this program will empower the next generation of artists and designers and cultivate an inclusive entertainment workforce.”
Beginning in Fall 2023, the 20-month immersive program blends hands-on coursework with mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities led by industry professionals in the entertainment industry. Students will learn from renowned instructors and leaders who are now at the heart of entertainment, as well as expert Otis faculty. As a part of this program, Adobe will be providing students who are selected with Adobe Creative Cloud access.
The inaugural program will launch with 18 talented students, all of whom will receive a full-tuition scholarship that includes the tools and resources needed to complete their studies. Applications are open through March 31, 2023. Selected participants will be announced on April 28.
“Securing a place for the next generation of creatives in entertainment marketing demands action—not in the future, but now,” says Rapha Vasconcellos, VP, Product Creative Studio, Netflix. “Without an emphasis on diversity and a concerted effort to include those from all backgrounds, not just a select few, our full potential for creative storytelling will never be reached. That’s why we’re excited to partner with Otis College of Art and Design on Access, a new program which aims to provide just that—giving unprecedented industry access to underrepresented communities of color, and helping them turn their passions into promising careers.”
As one of the most diverse colleges in the United States with 77% of its student body identifying as people of color, Otis College is able to further its longstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with this new program. Supported in part by a major gift from Board of Trustees Chair Mei-Lee Ney, Otis has launched several DEI initiatives over the past two years. Otis also recently launched the Charles White Art and Design Scholarship, annually awarding two four-year, full-tuition undergraduate scholarships for students from underrepresented groups