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Career Outcomes

In 2017, the College launched a survey targeting all Otis 2016 Alumni.  The survey had several goals. We wanted to determine employment rates, the duration of job searches, current work satisfaction, how Alumni connected their work to their field of study, how prepared they were for the working world, and how helpful they found the faculty and Career Services in getting their first job.

Survey Results

  • 51% (126/249) response rate for survey
  • Career placement data collected by Career Services (LinkedIn, phone calls, etc.)
  • Combined efforts produced data collection on 84% (209/249) of our 2016 alumni.

 

Employment Data

employment  Employment Rate: 92% of the respondents were employed or in graduate school

Responses demonstrated that Otis graduates attained a higher percentage of employment following graduation than the national average.

Time Frame of Job Acquisition: 76% of respondents indicated they obtained their job within the first 6-months post-graduation

  • 26% Before graduation
  • 31% Within 3-months post-graduation
  • 19% 4-6 months post-graduation

Otis Alumni are aligned with national trends showing that college graduates typically take several months to find their first job. 

Relation to their Field of Study: 76% are employed in a job related to their field of study

As members of the Creative Economy, Otis Alumni are prepared to enter a variety of fields where art and design backgrounds are critical. Beginning in 2007, Otis College of Art and Design has hosted an annual Creative Economy event which highlights the current achievements and future projections of innovative artists and designers in the local and state economy. See Otis Report for the Creative Economy for more details.

 

Otis College Alumni Employment Rates: Longitudinal Data

Graph of Longitudinal Data


Otis College Alumni Employment in Relation to their Field of Study: Longitudinal Data

Graph of Longitudinal Data

 

Freelance Employment

Because of its entrepreneurial advantages, many artists and designers are interested in freelance work which offers flexibility and opportunities to expand and develop their own lines and companies in an increasingly globalized economy.

pie-charts shwoing freelance employment

 

Top Criteria Job Searching

Top criteria alumni identified as important, in rank order, when choosing their first job post-graduation:

  1. Salary
  2. Opportunity for Professional Growth
  3. Creative Freedom
  4. Job Location
  5. Employer Reputation

Work-Life Satisfaction: 84% of recent alumni indicated their work-life satisfaction as “good” or “excellent”

Work satisfaction is important on financial, professional, and personal levels. The college is extremely proud that alumni move from a successful formal educational experience to rewarding careers with high job satisfaction.

Otis Alumni Attendence Graduate School

Post-graduate education is important to many Otis alumni and 14% indicated they plan to attend a graduate program within the next 3 years.

Where they plan to study:

Art Center

Bezalel

Central Saint Martin, London College of Fashion

Columbia

Columbus State Community College

Considering apply to places like ECAL or others in France

Otis College

CSU Long Beach

UCLA Extension Program

University of Texas at Austin or Rice

Yale

CalArts

What they plan to study:

Architecture

Business Entrepreneurship

Creative Writing/English

Critical Race Theory, New Economic Models, Restructuring of global society

Fashion/Stylist/Fashion Photography

Fine art

Graphic Design

Landscape Architecture

Law School. This is to help me develop my political illustrations.

Painting

Sculpture/New Media

Teaching Credential

Urban Planning

Pursue a Ph.D

 

What Otis Alumni Do: Position Titles

As the Report on the Creative Economy has demonstrated for over 10 years, artists and designers are key to a growing, vibrant economy with skills and knowledge that continually expand and integrate with new markets, new products, and new audiences.

Animator/ Designer

Architect

Architectural & Interior designer

Art Director

Artivist

Assistant Designer

Assistant Language Teacher

Associate Designer

Associate Designer

Associate Sculptor

Associate, Graphic Designer

Brand Designer

BROADCAST PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Civil Agents TR GR

Concept Artist

Co-owner

Design Apprentice

Design Assistant

Design Associate

Design Coordinator

Design Director

Designer

Director

Director of Communication

Fashion Design Assistant

Freelance Motion Designer

Graphic Designer

Illustrator

Illustrator/ animator

image tech

Interior Design Assistant

Interior Designer

Jr Graphic Designer

Junior Animator

Junior Art Director

Junior Designer

Junior Designer

Lead Assistant

Manager of Constituent Engagement

motion designer

Painter

product packaging designer

Production Assistant

Program Director

Retoucher and Artist Assistant

Social Media Animator/ Designer

Social Media Coordinator

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Studio Assistant

Studio Manager

Teacher

Visual display

Volunteer Art Coordinator

 

Where Otis Graduates Work: Employers

53% of respondents indicated their employers have internship opportunities!

Abercrombie and Fitch

Agron Inc

Alexis Smith

Anna Hoffman

Artist and Craftsmen Supply

Atrthropologie

Baroque Interiors

Beyond Yoga

Blind

Bmor Cartoons

Bob Mackie Designs

Bradley and Montgomery

Brand New School

Buraiki Engineering Consultant Office

California State University

CASSANDRA AND COMPANY

Charlie Compnay

Chimayo Press

Chimento contemporary

CIEE

CONILL

COS

Defy Media

Dreamworks Animation

DSH Architecture

Edlio Inc

Elemental Superfood

Enfants riches deprimes

Eskimo Creative Studios

Exit Games

Eyestorm Productions

Final Touch Collection

Framestore

FRANKIE

Free People

G2000 Appearl

G-III Apparel

G-III/DKNY

Global Brands Group

GREG LAUREN LLC.

Hallucinate Design Office

Halston Heritage

Hatchbeauty

HOPELESS RECORDS

Hourglass Cosmetics

Human Garage

IJ Industrial dba Tina + Jo

Image: Global Vision

Imperial Toys

Industry Rag LLC/ Majestic Threads

James Huang

JDG Artwork

JET Program

Joe's Jeans

John Andrews

JT Lab/ Otis College of Art and Design

Kimberly Metz Photographer

L.A. Fabricators

LA Associates

LACMA

Laju

Lane bryant

Le Cadeux

lily marshall

Lisa Soto Beacon Arts

Made in space

Mattel

MIDNIGHT SHERPA

MPC

Naughty Dog

NFL

NMA Sports

open road entertainment

Otis College of Art and Design

Pacific Sunwear

Perri Ellis

Petco Animal Supplies

Pop Media Group

Princes and Crows

QRATION

Rebellion VFX

Reebok International Ltd.

Reel FX

RILLER & FOUNT

Rolling Hills Preparatory School & Renaissance School

RPA

Sanctuary Clothing

Scotch+Soda

SECTION STUDIOS

SKECHERS

Smart A&C, Inc

Special Effects Unlimited

Sprite Animation Studios

Standard Architecture

Stuart Posnock

Stun_performance

Sugarfina

Super Smooth Studios

Susana Monaco

THE AEROSPACE CORPORATION

The Bouqs Company

The Mill

Thread & Supply

Tom Ford Beauty

TRANSPARENT AGENCY

Treyarch

Troika

Unique Vintage, and Amanda Charchian

VISTA INVESTMENTS

VR sports

Watson

We are Royale

Wessco Intl. Esthetician

Women & Thier Work

XYS Media

 

How Otis Helped

High-Impact Practices like internships and a supportive Careers Services department ensure that Otis students can take advantage of employment opportunities during their college career which means they are well prepared for competitive job markets.

In November 2015, The Economist ranked Otis College of Design 6th in the nation and the only art and design school for the value of its education in relation to employment and earning.

"This is a pivotal moment for Otis College of Art and Design. We have always known the value of an art and design education and have focused everything we do on student success, but to have recognition like this strengthens and confirms our convictions. We hope this information will elevate awareness on a national scale that the creative economy is a major force in the new world economy of the 21st century, where original ideas and creative thinkers are highly valued." -- President Bruce W. Ferguson

Otis Prepares Graduates for the Working World

83% indicated Otis College did a “good/excellent” job in preparing them for the working world.

Faculty Impact on Job Acquisition

86% of respondents said that faculty was very/somewhat helpful in obtaining your first job.

Career Services

3 out of 4 of Otis Alumni indicated they used Career Services during their time at Otis College.

81% indicated that Career Services was very/somewhat helpful in acquiring their first job.