In 2020, the College launched a survey targeting all Otis 2019 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.
- 38.46% (100/260) direct response rate for survey
- Career placement data collected by Career Services (LinkedIn, phone calls, etc.), increasing knowledge rates of alumni
- Combined efforts produced data collection on 73% (190/260) of our 2019 alumni.
Employment Rate: 93.5% 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:
Of those 93.5% of graduates that reported being employed or in graduate school, 94% of them were employed within 6 months of graduation
- 38% Before graduation
- 35% Within 3-months post-graduation
- 21% 4-6 months post-graduation
Otis Alumni are above national trends showing that college graduates typically take several months to find their first job.
Otis College Alumni Employment Relation to Art and Design:
94% are employed in a job related to their art and design
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.
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.
- 69% of graduates indicated they had done freelance work while at Otis College
Otis Alumni Attendence Graduate School
Post-graduate education is important to many Otis alumni and 4.3% indicated they plan to attend a graduate program within the next 3 years.
Where they plan to study:
Central Saint Martin, London College of Fashion
Columbus State Community College
Considering apply to places like ECAL or others in France
CSU Long Beach
UCLA Extension Program
University of Texas at Austin or Rice
Parsons School of Design
What they plan to study:
Critical Race Theory, New Economic Models, Restructuring of global society
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.
Architectural & Interior designer
Assistant Language Teacher
Associate, Graphic Designer
Broadcast Production Coord.
Civil Agents TR GR
Director of Communication
Fashion Design Assistant
Freelance Motion Designer
Interior Design Assistant
Jr Graphic Designer
Junior Art Director
Manager of Constituent Engagement
Product Packaging Designer
Retoucher and Artist Assistant
Social Media Animator/ Designer
Social Media Coordinator
Social Media Coordinator
Volunteer Art Coordinator
Where Otis Graduates Work: Employers
The majority of our employers listed below offer internship opportunities!
Abercrombie and Fitch
Artist and Craftsmen Supply
Bob Mackie Designs
Bradley and Montgomery
Brand New School
Buraiki Engineering Consultant Office
California State University
Cassandra and Co.
Enfants riches deprimes
Eskimo Creative Studios
Final Touch Collection
Global Brands Group
Greg Lauren, LLC
Hallucinate Design Office
IJ Industrial dba Tina + Jo
Image: Global Vision
Industry Rag LLC/ Majestic Threads
JT Lab/ Otis College of Art and Design
Kimberly Metz Photographer
Lisa Soto Beacon Arts
Made in space
Open Road Entertainment
Otis College of Art and Design
Petco Animal Supplies
Pop Media Group
Princes and Crows
Reebok International Ltd.
Riller & Fount
Rolling Hills Preparatory School & Renaissance School
Smart A&C, Inc
Special Effects Unlimited
Sprite Animation Studios
Super Smooth Studios
The Aerospaace Corporation
The Bouqs Company
Thread & Supply
Tom Ford Beauty
Unique Vintage, and Amanda Charchian
We are Royale
Wessco Intl. Esthetician
Women & Thier Work
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.
Otis Prepares Graduates for the Working World
- 89% indicated Otis College prepared them for the working world.
- $49,782 is the reported average salary our 2019 alums have reported.
*NACE 2018 Class Average Starting Salary: $50,944 & Median Starting Salary: $49,752
*NACE 2019 Art & Design Average Salary for Rocky Mountains/Far West Region: $43,948
*NACE 2019 Liberal Arts Average Salary for Rocky Mountain/Far West Region: $41,053
NOTE: NACE occupational categories do not mirror or are not categorized in the same way as AICAD occupational categories.
- 88% of Otis Alumni indicated they used Career Services during their time at Otis College.