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.
- 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 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
Otis College Alumni Employment in Relation to their Field of Study: Longitudinal Data
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.
Top Criteria Job Searching
Top criteria alumni identified as important, in rank order, when choosing their first job post-graduation:
- Opportunity for Professional Growth
- Creative Freedom
- Job Location
- 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:
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
What they plan to study:
Critical Race Theory, New Economic Models, Restructuring of global society
Law School. This is to help me develop my political illustrations.
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 COORDINATOR
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
53% of respondents indicated their employers have 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 COMPANY
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 AEROSPACE 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.
"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.
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.