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Summer of Art

Summer of Art 2020: July 6 - 31, 2020

Immerse yourself in a dynamic, creative environment with other students who are passionate about art and design. This summer, build and develop your creative and artistic skills while exploring a specific medium or aspect of art and design.

This intensive, four-week, pre-college program is for individuals 15 and older who wish to study at one of the top art and design colleges in the country. Serious young artists seeking to strengthen and enhance their art and design skills, as well as students with limited art training, are invited to participate. Click here to view the Summer of Art 2020 brochure. To receive the brochure by mail, fill out the Rush Me Info form.

Questions? Please email, call 310.665.6864, or contact us here.


Small classes ensure personalized, in-depth learning. Rigorous course work includes hands-on studio courses and labs in your chosen Specialization Course (three days per week) and/or Drawing Studio Course (two days per week). Classes meet 9:00am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. (Some outside work is required.) Two units of college credit for Specialization Courses and one unit of college credit for Drawing Studio Courses are awarded to eligible students upon successful completion of the program.


Summer of Art courses are taught by award-winning instructors who are practicing professionals, many of whom teach in Otis College's undergraduate and graduate programs. Contact with these instructors provides a glimpse into the working lives of professional artists and designers and introduces you to many career choices in art, design, and related fields. See faculty bios for more information about our instructors.

Final Exhibition

On the last day of the program there is a final exhibition of student work. You and your instructors will select your best work for the exhibition. The work is displayed throughout the campus, giving you the experience of being part of a gallery show with your peers, while sharing your artwork with family and friends.

Evening Excursions

Visit popular Los Angeles destinations while getting to know classmates. Evening excursions are open to all Summer of Art students at no additional charge. These trips are designed to immerse students in LA's vibrant culture. Previously, trips have included seeing a movie at the famous El Capitan Theatre, Griffith Observatory, and the Santa Monica Pier.

Housing Program

Optional on-campus student housing is available for an additional fee for students between 15 – 18 years old who are enrolled in the full 5-day per week program. Otis College is located on the west side of Los Angeles, in one of Southern California’s most desirable communities. Students share furnished two-bedroom suite-style rooms with a common space and split bathroom. There are many restaurants and shops within walking distance, plus the beach is very close by! A trained Resident Assistant (RA) resides on each residence hall floor providing supervision for Summer of Art residents. All resident students participate in organized evening and weekend activities such as trips to iconic LA attractions, variety shows, museum visits, and RA programing. See the Housing page for complete housing information.