To prepare students to move forward in their chosen discipline, students spend their first year building up their making and critical thinking skills in Foundation studio, Liberal Arts and Science, and Creative Action courses.
Majors and Minors
Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision.
Academic Advising at Otis provides individual guidance in course selection, schedule planning, and graduation checks prior to registration each semester. Academic Advising complements Academic Mentoring. Together, these programs comprise advising at Otis.
In addition to choosing one of the seven majors offered, students have the opportunity to select from 19 minors that extend and complement their work in a specific theme, topic, or program. For students who plan to become arts educators, Otis College's Artists, Community, and Teaching (ACT) program offers two minors, one of which qualifies students to waive the California Subject Exam for Teachers needed pursue the Teaching Credential offered by the State of California.