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Otis College of Art and Design

Blending theory and practice, Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles provides an outstanding and highly regarded education in the fine and applicable arts to about 1,170 students. The Bolsky Gallery showcases the work of students and is also organized and curated solely by Otis students.

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Blending theory and practice, Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles provides an outstanding and highly regarded education in the fine and applicable arts to about 1,170 students. The Bolsky Gallery showcases the work of students and is also organized and curated solely by Otis students.

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Otis College of Art and Design is a non-profit (501(c)3 institution founded in 1918 by General Harrison Gray Otis, the founder and publisher of the Los Angeles Times, who bequeathed his home to the city for "the advancement of the arts." For almost eighty years, Otis remained at this downtown location. In 1997, the College moved to the Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus on the West side. From Spanish-Moorish mansion to seven-story cube, Otis has evolved. Designed by architect Eliot Noyes for IBM, the 115,000 square-foot Ahmanson Hall was renovated in 1997, using the concept of an artist's loft or a working studio rather than that of a traditional classroom. Ahmanson Hall's open plan encourages communication among the departments, as well as between students and faculty members.

The 40,000 square foot horizontal Galef Fine Arts Center, designed by Frederick Fisher Architects, opened in 2001. Its complex geometry and corrugated metal forms contrast with the "punchcard" vocabulary of Ahmanson Hall. Together, these buildings comprise the Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus. Fashion Design occupies one floor of the California Market Center in downtown L.A.; Graduate Fine Arts studios are in the nearby beach community of El Segundo, and Graduate Public Practice is at the 18th St Arts Center in Santa Monica.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 1,032
Gender 35% Male / 65% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 99% Full Time / 1% Part Time
Geography 70% In State / 30% Out of State / 17% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 49% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 23%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 4%
International 17%
Hispanic/Latino 14%
Ethnicity Unknown 6%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 32%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $550.00. Housing deposit due : Jun 1. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

8% of students live on-campus.

57% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Apartments for Single Students
  • Housing Offered

Activities

  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: pre-admission summer program reduced course load remedial instruction study skills assistance tutoring learning center
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: alcohol/substance abuse counseling career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling personal counseling placement services for graduates adult (re-entering) student services/programs veteran's counselor
  • Facilities: rare art books collection, full foundry and casting facilities, photographic darkroom, fully equipped printmaking studio, fine art book press room, wood and metal working shops, toy design department, digital imaging studio
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): english as a second language (esl) visiting/exchange student program honors program internships cooperative education teacher certification
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other (29%), Fashion/Apparel Design (16%), Fine/Studio Arts (11%), Design and Applied Arts, Other (9%), Industrial and Product Design (9%), Graphic Design (8%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via illustrations and other forms of digital or printed media. Includes instruction in concept design, layout, paste-up, and techniques such as engraving, etching, silkscreen, lithography, offset, drawing and cartooning, painting, collage, and computer graphics.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Any instructional program in design and applied arts not listed above.

A program in the applied visual arts that focuses on the general principles and techniques for effectively communicating ideas and information, and packaging products, in digital and other formats to business and consumer audiences, and that may prepare individuals in any of the applied art media.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals to design public and private spaces, indoor and outdoor, for leisure, recreational, commercial, and living purposes, and for professional practice as environmental designers and architects. Includes instruction in the design and planning of public and private open spaces and their relationship to buildings and other aspects of the built environment; facilities management; related aspects of interior design and architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning; and professional responsibilities and standards.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.
Landscape Architects
Plan and design land areas for projects such as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, highways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites.
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional design of commercial fashions, apparel, and accessories, and the management of fashion development projects. Includes instruction in apparel design; accessory design; the design of men's', women's', and children's' wear; flat pattern design; computer-assisted design and manufacturing; concept planning; designing in specific materials; labor and cost analysis; history of fashion; fabric art and printing; and the principles of management and operations in the fashion industry.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fashion Designers
Design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.

Any instructional program in film/video and photographic arts not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via the creation of effective forms, shapes, and packaging for manufactured products. Includes instruction in designing in a wide variety of plastic and digital media, prototype construction, design development and refinement, principles of cost saving, and product structure and performance criteria relevant to aesthetic design parameters.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

Administration & Faculty

President Samuel Hoi
Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Full-time Faculty 56
Student : Faculty Ratio 5 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 48 : 51
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Art History 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Biology 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Calculus AB 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Calculus BC 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Chemistry 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Comparative Government and Politics 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP English Language and Composition 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP English Literature and Composition 4.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Environmental Science 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP European History 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Human Geography 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Macroeconomics 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Microeconomics 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Physics B 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Psychology 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP Statistics 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP United States Government and Politics 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP United States History 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit
AP World History 3.0 N/A Pass / No Credit

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 46.3% accepted of 1,584 applications

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite19 - 25
 
SATMath430 - 580
Reading430 - 550

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Academic GPA, Application Essay, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Standardized Test Scores, Talent Ability

Also Considered: Work Experience, Alumni Relation, Level Of Applicants Interest, Recommendations, Volunteer Work

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
History 2 3
English 4 0
Math 3 4
Science 2 4
Science Lab 1 4
Social Studies 1 2
Foreign Language 0 2

Other Application Information: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates SAT or ACT

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $34,347 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $26,972
$30K-$48K $26,954
$48K-$75K $32,936
$75K-$110K $40,258
$110K+ $40,144

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $37,380, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $37,380 Same as On-Campus
Fees $2,050 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,800 $11,800
Books $1,400 $1,400
Total (before financial aid) $52,630 $52,630

Students Receiving Aid

91% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 62% $5,678
Federal Scholarships/Grants 49% $4,469
Institutional Grants 91% $13,809
Other Federal Grants 2% $1,500
Other Loans 3% $23,980
Pell Grants 49% $4,452
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 31% $6,439
Student Loans 62% $6,730

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.otis.edu/finaid.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.otis.edu/life_otis/student_life/financial_aid/net_price_calculator.html.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

52% of students graduated on time.

57% of students graduated in six years.

81% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Colleges (Western)

WalletHub

#128 The Best and Worst College Cities and Towns in America
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