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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 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.

Program Dates
July 17 - July 28, 2023
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. P.T.

Application Deadline
Monday, May 8, 2023

9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045


Learning Outcomes

  • Create Snapchat Lenses
  • Work with Augmented Reality
  • Create 2D art and learn design skills

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 College - Learning Experience

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.

Snap AR Lens Studio computer drawing

About Snap and Lens Studio

Snap Inc. is a camera 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.

Snap AR Lens Studio Filter
Snap Chat AR Lens

Explore Augmented Reality

Submit your application before the May 8 deadline to be considered for a scholarship.

LACMA Lights Installment
Art installment
Students conversing
students working

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, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and successful entrepreneurs. Have questions? Contact us at or 310.665.6850, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

COVID Policy: Otis College is committed to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. The College requires the COVID-19 vaccine and booster for all employees and students. All participating students must submit evidence of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and booster within two weeks of arriving on campus for their Otis Extension program. Otis College will no longer require indoor masking to align with the current Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) health officer order. However, we strongly recommend their continued use to protect the safety of all. As the public health situation evolves, our COVID-19 policy may change on short notice to align with ongoing recommendations from the LACDPH. Enrollment in Extension Summer Programs will be contingent upon strict adherence to any policy changes made. Read more about our Extension policies here.