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Otis College of Art and Design is L.A.’s first independent, professional school of art.  In 1918, Harrison Gray Otis, founder of the Los Angeles Times, bequeathed his estate to the County for “the advancement of the arts.”

Otis prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. Among its alumni are MacArthur and Guggenheim grant winners, three-time Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, Disney, and more.

Undergraduate Majors (BFA):
Advertising Design
Digital Media
Fashion Design
Graphic Design
Product Design
Sculpture/New Genres
Toy Design

Graduate (MFA) Majors:
Fine Arts
Graphic Design
Public Practice


Recent Press Releases

Premier Facility for Arts Education Opens in Culver City

2012 Otis Report on Creative Economy of Los Angeles Shows Upswing

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Influential Author, Journalist, and Cultural Critic Diedrich Diederichsen to Speak in Los Angeles

Color-Coding the 2012 American Electorate

Literary Translation as Creative Practice

Teaching Tolerance and Respect in Los Angeles Through Stories and Narrative Art

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High Tech Uniform Designs Propel Olympians to Gold

Los Angeles Art Luminaries Take the Tate Modern, the Hammer Museum, and the Streets of L.A.