Otis College Of Art And Design

Otis prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. Otis began in 1918,when Los Angeles Times founder Harrison Gray Otis bequeathed his MacArthur Park property for Los Angeles' first public art college. Today, Otis has expanded to three campuses. Its five-acre Elaine and Bram Goldsmith campus is centrally situated on Los Angeles' Westside, one mile from the Pacific Ocean. map & directionsThe campus is not only close to galleries, museums, and artists' studios, but also surrounded by a variety of film, digital imaging, and toy companies. The Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts, a dynamic presence on the campus, houses the fine arts department as well as the Maltz and Bolsky Galleries. Kathleen Ahmanson Hall was designed by architect Eliot Noyes in 1963 to house an IBM research center. It now serves the interactive product design, toy design, digital media, communication arts, architecture/landscape/interiors, foundation, and liberal arts and sciences departments. Its "punch card" design embodies the perfect bond between design and technology and the futu... [ Read All ]

Los Angeles

United States


California
Phone: 310-665-6800
Website: http://www.otis.edu


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Our Aims

Mission:
Otis prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision.
 


Sample Student Art Work (17)

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Location and Getting there

http://www.otis.edu/index.php?id=82
Otis offers tours of the main campus as well as the fashion campus. Tours of the Goldsmith campus are offered Monday through Friday at 2 PM and on selected Saturdays. To RSVP for the Goldsmith tour or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Admissions Office (see below).

Tours of our Fashion department in downtown Los Angeles at the California Market Center are offered on the first Friday of every month at 2PM; contact the admissions office to RSVP (see below).

You may also explore the school on your own by utilizing our campus map.

For more on Otis in the virtual world, visit myspace and flickr.

To schedule a tour or appointment with an Admissions counselor, please contact us by phone, fax or email:

310-665-6800 (in Los Angeles) or 800-527-OTIS (6847) (toll-free)

Fax: 310-665-6821

E-mail: admissions@otis.edu)

 


Information For  Undergraduates

To obtain information about Otis' Undergraduate – BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) program, please complete the information request form.

http://www.otis.edu/index.php?id=557&type=BFA
 


Information For  Postgraduates

Graduate Studies: Fine Arts produces artists whose work reflects their individual ideas, needs, and ambitions, as well as the challenges of contemporary issues. Their personal visions are filtered through history, gender, sexuality, culture, and politics.
http://www.otis.edu/index.php?id=170

Graduate Studies: Writing offers a multidisciplinary curriculum, drawing from the diverse cultures of the city of L.A. Writing is considered in relation to contemporary world literatures, and the emphasis is on international writing, critical theory, and translation.
http://gw.otis.edu/

Graduate Studies: Public Practice involves new artistic strategies and practices based on observation, research, social commentary and activism, and visual and performance arts productions in the public realm.
http://www.otis.edu/gspp/  


Information For  International Students

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International students may apply by submitting:

* Application form and non-refundable $50 fee
* One-page essay (see How to Apply )
* Portfolio (12-20 pieces of artwork) (see How to Apply)
* Official academic transcripts from high school and university
These records must clearly state the date of completion and the level of education received. All transcripts must be official copies and must be sent directly to Otis College of Art and Design. Transcripts that are sent by the student will not be accepted as official records.
Please note that if your transcripts are not in English, you must request an official translation by a notary public and submit both the translated records and the original document.
* Official test scores
International students who are currently in high school and live in a country where English is the official language should take the SAT or the ACT, not the TOEFL test. For example, if you are a high school student living in the US, an English speaking province of Canada, the UK, or Australia, please take the SAT or ACT.
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Alumni

Since the College's establishment in 1918 by Harrison Otis, founder of the Los Angeles Times, Otis graduates have shaped our visual world, from fine arts to the Hollywood screen, from the clothes we wear to the toys that engage our children.
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Student Facilities

The five-acre Elaine and Bram Goldsmith campus is centrally situated amid the technical film, digital imaging and toy industries, and close to the many galleries, museums and artists' studios on the Westside. Each floor of Kathleen Ahmanson Hall, a seven-story structure, houses a different department, with the majority of space free of permanent walls and corridors. This fluid, creative environment encourages the interplay of art and technology. The adjacent Galef Center for Fine Arts furthers this philosophy.

In the Woodshop, Modelshop, and Metalshop, students create everything from furniture to sculpture. New equipment includes two Z-Corp computer driven rapid prototyping machines. The shops are completely outfitted for milling, shaping, joining and finishing of fine hardwoods, fiberboard, plywood, plastics, foam and bent laminations. Plastic vacuum-forming equipment and small-scale model making equipment for plastics and wood are available. Students may also use the shops' large selection of hand and power tools in studios. Located on the ground floor, the Metalshop offers easy access to adjacent indoor/outdoor workspaces. The...  [ Read All ]


Student Life

The Office of Student Affairs provides a dynamic array of programs, resources and services to enhance the student's out-of-class experience and create a vibrant learning community. In partnership with the academic departments, Student Affairs guides the overall student experience and offers a variety of opportunities for student involvement, personal development, intellectual growth, professional exploration and lifelong learning.
http://www.otis.edu/index.php?id=562
 


How To Apply

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Otis students share a passion for learning about art and design. The admissions process, which gauges applicants' potential for success, identifies creative students who will work hard and take risks. Our goal is to help you develop a personal creative vision.

Prospective applicants are welcome to visit. The Admissions Office provides organized tours throughout the year. Students are also welcome to explore the school independently by utilizing our campus map. Admission counselors are available to help with application procedures and materials. The counselors can also answer questions about portfolio preparation, academic programs, financial aid, transfer information, student life, and careers in art and design. Otis offers tours of our fashion campus downtown at the California Market Center on the first Friday of every month. Students who are interested in having an organized tour of the fashion campus must contact the admissions office to RSVP.

To schedule a tour or appointment with an Admissions Counselor, call 310-665-6800; 800-527-OTIS (6847) (toll-free); fax 310-665-6821 or e-mail:...  [ Read All ]


Visit us (open days)

Otis offers tours of the main campus as well as the fashion campus. Tours of the Goldsmith campus are offered Monday through Friday at 2 PM and on selected Saturdays. To RSVP for the Goldsmith tour or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Admissions Office (see below).

Tours of our Fashion department in downtown Los Angeles at the California Market Center are offered on the first Friday of every month at 2PM; contact the admissions office to RSVP (see below).

You may also explore the school on your own by utilizing our campus map (pdf).

For more on Otis in the virtual world, visit myspace
http://www.myspace.com/otis_admissions and flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/otis_admissions/

To schedule a tour or appointment with an Admissions counselor, please contact us by phone, fax or email:

310-665-6800 (in Los Angeles) or 800-527-OTIS (6847) (toll-free)

Fax: 310-665-6821

E-mail: admissions@otis.edu)

 


Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)

Catalogs:

To request information about Otis to be sent to you, please fill out an online information request form:

http://www.otis.edu/index.php?id=84