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Augment Your Reality with Snap's Lens Studio

Join the second annual Snap Lens Lab @ Otis College of Art and Design this summer to imagine new realities, hone your creative skills, and bring your big ideas to life! Lens Studio is a powerful application designed for artists and developers to build augmented reality experiences for Snapchatters around the world. In this two-week, pre-college program, students will combine the power of augmented reality (AR) with their own creativity to visualize, draw, develop, and share dynamic experiences.

Snap Lens Lab @ Otis College will provide 15 scholarships to eligible Los Angeles County high school students, specifically from underrepresented populations, which will cover full participation in the program. Snap Lens Lab @ Otis College is designed to provide high school youth, including seniors, from underserved communities with access and insight into meaningful career opportunities that may have been otherwise inaccessible to them. No prior experience or skills are required to participate in the program.

Application Deadline

The application for the 2023 Snap Lens Lab is now closed. Submit your information below to get updates about next year's cohort.

Program Dates

July 17 - July 28, 2023
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PDT

Learning Outcomes

  • Create Snapchat Lenses
  • Work with Augmented Reality
  • Create 2D and 3D art and learn design skills
  • Learn Maya, Photoshop, Illustrator

Program Quick Facts

  • Receive a scholarship to develop your design and AR skills
  • Designed for L.A. based high school students
  • Program takes place Monday through Friday
  • All learning equipment provided

Snap Lens Lab @ Otis: The Learning Experience

Students Working on Snap Lens Studio

Instructors from Otis College's Extension and BFA programs in Digital Media and related design fields will engage students in all aspects of the development and design process within the augmented reality, digital, and physical environments. Additionally, members of the Snap team will participate in teaching and mentoring students in aspects of Lens Studio.

The program includes guest visits from industry professionals, site visits, and Snap team participation and will culminate with a final exhibition of students’ work.

"This program shaped my way of seeing the connection between art and technology in an inspirational way that I would have never had in any other program."
2022 Snap Lens Lab Scholar

About Snap and Lens Studio

Snap Inc. is a technology company. We believe that reinventing the camera represents the greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. We contribute to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together.

Lens Studio is a powerful application designed for artists and developers to build augmented reality experiences for hundreds of millions of Snapchatters. With a huge set of built-in features including custom shaders and advanced tracking technology, the possibilities are endless.


Explore Augmented Reality

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Go Beyond Boundaries at Otis College

Otis College of Art and Design Campus

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, and legendary costume designers. Have questions? Contact us at or 310.665.6850, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT

Application Deadline

The application is now closed.

Program Dates

July 17 - July 28, 2023
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PDT


9045 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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