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Summer of Art

Join Us On Campus for Summer of Art 2022

Summer of Art at Otis College of Art and Design is an intensive, college-immersion experience designed for young creatives in high school or beyond who are 14.5 years of age or older. You will have a unique opportunity to develop your artistic skills as you explore specific art and design pathways at one of the nation's top art and design colleges. The program is ideal for experienced, young artists interested in enhancing their skills, as well as students with limited art training. Join our mailing list to stay up to date on the latest Summer of Art news and updates. 

Summer 2022 Dates

July 5 – July 29, 2022 

Get Ready for Summer

Student holding up their artwork to camera


Coursework includes demonstrations, lectures, and critiques in a chosen Specialization course and/or Drawing Studio Course. Upon completion of the program, students receive two college credits for Specialization courses and one college credit for Drawing Studio courses. Learn more about our Courses and Curriculum.

Instructor teaching students


Summer of Art courses are taught by award-winning, practicing professionals, offering students unique insight into the working lives of artists and designers. Many of our instructors also teach in Otis College's undergraduate and graduate programs. Meet our instructors.

Two resident advisors at Otis College Summer of Art program


Housing is available for Summer of Art 2022 at the Otis College Residence Hall. Students experience college life while also connecting with their peers. Learn more about Housing.

Student showing art at Otis Summer of Art Final Exhibition

Final Exhibition

Summer of Art culminates in a final exhibition, allowing students to experience being part of a gallery show with their peers, while sharing their work with family and friends. Experience our 2021 and 2020 Virtual Exhibitions.

Why Otis?

Established in 1918 as Los Angeles’ first professional school of the arts, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar winners, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, entrepreneurs, and design stars at influential companies including Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Netflix. Learn more.

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More Information

  • Campus Facilities
    • Art Store: The college's art supply store, Graphaids, provides a selection of supplies for art and design classes.
    • Elaine's Dining Commons: Elaine's Dining Commons provides a diverse menu that includes hot entrées, salads, and snacks. The campus is within easy walking distance of a variety of restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores. 
    • Library: Millard Sheets Library has a relaxed atmosphere where students meet, study, browse, and find inspiration. Summer of Art students are welcome to use the resources inside the library during regular hours.
    • Labs and Shops: Summer of Art students have access to the labs and shops based on their selected Specialization Courses.
      • Printmaking lab
      • Laboratory Press / Letterpress
      • Photography lab and lighting studio
      • Video lab
      • Wood, model, and metal shop
  • Admissions Portfolio Review

    All Summer of Art students are invited to drop into the Admissions office any weekday at 4:30 p.m. PST to speak with an Admissions Counselor and receive an informal portfolio review. Students may also schedule a virtual appointment by emailing In addition to one-on-one advising appointments, Admissions holds a Portfolio Review Night and Art School Prep Information Session. All Summer of Art alumni who apply to Otis College will have their application fee waived. Contact for details.

  • Scholarships

    Summer of Art Scholarships

    Dedicated and passionate students belong at Otis College. That is why we offer merit- and need-based scholarship opportunities for Summer of Art registrants who, for financial reasons, would not otherwise be able to attend. Awards are based on family financial information, portfolio, and grade point average. Visit the Scholarships page for details.

    BFA Scholarship for Summer of Art Alumni 

    Each year, Otis College selects one student who has completed the Summer of Art program for a scholarship to attend the BFA program at Otis College. The recipient is selected based on their academic and artistic achievement and will receive an annual scholarship of $23,000. Contact Admissions for details.

  • COVID Safety

    Otis College is committed to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. All Summer of Art students must submit evidence of having received the COVID-19 vaccine and booster at least four weeks prior to arriving on campus for Summer of Art. Due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases and following other local institutions such as the UC System, Caltech, Art Center, CalArts and Occidental, the indoor mask requirement on campus will be reinstated beginning Wednesday, June 15th. 

    • Medical grade masks will be required in all indoor spaces except when actively eating or if an individual is alone in a space with the door closed. 
    • Masks will be available at Campus Safety & Security, at the front desk of Ahmanson, and at other locations across campus. More information and all locations can be found at 


    Los Angeles County is currently in the medium risk category and there is a possibility that cases are anticipated to continue to rise, causing LA County to be placed in the high-risk category, making indoor masking a requirement throughout the county. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow all guidelines set forth by California Department of Public Health and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The College continues to require the COVID-19 vaccine and booster for all employees and students. Students engaging in the Summer of Art program may apply for an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement; however, exempted students may not live in housing for the duration of the program. The health and safety of the whole Otis College community continues to be of utmost importance. Please be aware that as the public health situation evolves, our COVID-19 policy may change on short notice to align with ongoing recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Enrollment in Summer of Art will be contingent upon strict adherence to any policy changes made.

    Read more about our Extension policies here.