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Otis College of Art and Design

Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Pixar, Nike, and Disney.

Master's Programmes

Humanities (1)



Otis opens its doors as the first independent professional school of art in Southern California, with a three-year course in drawing and painting, a two-year course in illustration, and another two-year course in design and applied arts. Tuition is $80 a year. Life drawing classes are separate for men and women but by 1919, they study together. 


Career Services provides support and services to students and alumni through the stages of career exploration, personal and professional growth, and employment. We also work with local, national, and global employers and cultural institutions to cultivate opportunities for students and alumni. 

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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Library services

The Millard Sheets Library at Otis College of Art & Design is a relaxed atmosphere where creative students meet, study, browse, and find inspiration. Librarians have built a collection that supports the students and the curriculum and includes 40,000 books, 130,000 electronic books, online databases with millions of articles, and special collections that include 3,000 artists’ books. 

Medical services

The Student Health and Wellness Center provides medical and counseling services as well as health promotion programs to promote healthy living and engagement, to help students fulfill their artistic endeavors at Otis College.

Student Life

Campus life

While living on campus, you will exposed to residential programming, enjoy the convenience of living close to class, and develop values of respect and responsibility. On-campus housing allows you to maximize the student life experience by living amongst peers experiencing the same classes, learning academic and life skills, and being close to classes, labs, and offices.

Student clubs

  • Club Ride-Share
  • Dirty Deeds Gardening Club
  • Dungeons, Dragons, and Diversity (D3)
  • Identity Gay/Straight Alliance
  • Indian Wood Curatorial Team


Otis is accredited by:

  • WSCUC Senior College and University Commission
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

A very good university with great resources to aid the student.

Marina del Rey, California, United States

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