Otis College of Art and Design

9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

OTIS is a leader among institutions of higher learning specializing in the education of artists and designers. Cited in America’s creative capitol, Los Angeles, OTIS is also the city’s first independent professional art school. In 1918, General Harrison Gray Otis, the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, bequeathed his home for "the advancement of the arts." Since then OTIS has trained artists and designers who are in the vanguard of American cultural and entrepreneurial life. From companies such as Mattel and Pixar to the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, OTIS graduates have made an individual, positive, and lasting mark on the world. The five-acre main campus is now on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX. OTIS' enduring legacy is preparing diverse students of art and design to enhance the world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision.

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, MFA
ACCREDITATION: NASAD, WASC
MAJORS OFFERED:

Architecture/Landscape/Interiors*
Communication Arts (Advertising, Graphic Design, and Illustration)*
Creative Writing
Digital Media (Animation, Game & Entertainment Design, and Motion Design)*
Fashion Design (and Costume Design)*
Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres)**

 

Graduate Writing**
Graphic Design**
Photography*
Product Design*
Public Practice**
Toy Design*

MINORS OFFERED:

Advertising Design*
Art History*
Book Arts*
Community Arts Engagement*
Contemporary Clay*
Creative Writing
Cultural Studies*
Digital Media*
Graphic Design*
Illustration*

 

Interior Design*
Landscape Design*
Painting*
Photography*
Printmaking *
Product Design*
Sculpture/New Genres*
Sustainability *
Teacher Credential Preparation*

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
As adept, well-informed makers, you will examine new ideas, learn new ways of thinking, and ask new questions that will enhance your creativity, expression, and innovation. Visual and idea-oriented research will support your pictorial and 3-D compositions. Collaborative experiences in a learning community will ignite a spirit of investigation that will propel your education and practice. Frequent workshop demonstrations will help you to realize ideas you never knew you had. Close dialogue with faculty members will allow you to visually resolve your work, and discover working methods that will carry you into a major, serve you through college, and last a lifetime.


This program is Residential.

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2016-2017
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 41,100
MANDATORY FEES 3,250
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 1,400
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 14,690
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 11,800
OTHER 2,950
FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $13,286 80%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 4,188 32%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 7,477 20%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 15,351 47%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $26,330
80% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 97%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 26%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 1,015

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 1,009
PART-TIME 14

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Required
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Optional
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Required, if first-time freshman
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2016-2017

FACULTY FTE1 = 121

FULL-TIME 57
PART-TIME 193
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2016
808 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
69%
 
FALL 2015 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2016
69%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
58%
 
FALL 2010 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
50%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2016
67% FEMALE
32% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2016
OTHER PROGRAMS

Community Arts Engagement
Teacher Credential Program
Continuing Education Courses
Certificate Programs
Summer of Art Pre-College Program
Children's Programs
Portfolio Preparation Classes
Creative Action Program

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Artists, Community and Teaching (ACT) Program for Students Interested in Art Education
AICAD Exchange Program, International Exchange, and Short-Term Travel Study Programs
Career Services
Internships

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).