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Career Outcomes

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.

Survey Results

  • 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 Data

employment  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: 

Timeframe 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: 

Related 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.


Freelance Experience
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:

Art Center


Central Saint Martin, London College of Fashion


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



Parsons School of Design

What they plan to study:


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


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


Architectural & Interior designer

Art Director


Assistant Designer

Assistant Language Teacher

Associate Designer

Associate Designer

Associate Sculptor

Associate, Graphic Designer

Brand Designer

Broadcast Production Coord.

Civil Agents TR GR

Concept Artist


Design Apprentice

Design Assistant

Design Associate

Design Coordinator

Design Director



Director of Communication

Fashion Design Assistant

Freelance Motion Designer

Graphic Designer


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


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


Visual display

Volunteer Art Coordinator


Where Otis Graduates Work: Employers

The majority of our employers  listed below offer internship opportunities!

Abercrombie and Fitch

Agron Inc

Alexis Smith

Anna Hoffman

Artist and Craftsmen Supply


Baroque Interiors

Beyond Yoga


Bmor Cartoons

Bob Mackie Designs

Bradley and Montgomery

Brand New School

Buraiki Engineering Consultant Office

California State University

Cassandra and Co.

Charlie Compnay

Chimayo Press

Chimento contemporary




Defy Media

Dreamworks Animation

DSH Architecture

Edlio Inc

Elemental Superfood

Enfants riches deprimes

Eskimo Creative Studios

Exit Games

Eyestorm Productions

Final Touch Collection



Free People

G2000 Appearl

G-III Apparel


Global Brands Group

Greg Lauren, LLC

Hallucinate Design Office

Halston Heritage


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



Lane bryant

Le Cadeux

Lily Marshall

Lisa Soto Beacon Arts

Made in space


Midnight Sherpa


Naughty Dog


NMA Sports

Open Road Entertainment

Otis College of Art and Design

Pacific Sunwear

Perri Ellis

Petco Animal Supplies

Pop Media Group

Princes and Crows


Rebellion VFX

Reebok International Ltd.

Reel FX

Riller & Fount

Rolling Hills Preparatory School & Renaissance School


Sanctuary Clothing


Section Studios


Smart A&C, Inc

Special Effects Unlimited

Sprite Animation Studios

Standard Architecture

Stuart Posnock



Super Smooth Studios

Susana Monaco

The Aerospaace Corporation

The Bouqs Company

The Mill

Thread & Supply

Tom Ford Beauty

Transparent Agency



Unique Vintage, and Amanda Charchian

Vista Invenstments

VR sports


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.

Otis Prepares Graduates for the Working World

  • 89% indicated Otis College prepared them for the working world.

Average Salary

  • $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.

Career Services

  • 88% of Otis Alumni indicated they used Career Services during their time at Otis College.