Otis College of Art and Design is a private school in Los Angeles, California. A professional school of art, it was first established in 1918 in the neighbourhood of Westchester, and has since expanded to accommodate a wide range of artistic fields.
Undergraduate majors at the university are divided by subject area, namely Digital Media, Communication Arts, Architecture, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design and Toy Design. In addition to these undergraduate programmes, Otis also offers a small selection of graduate programmes, focusing on things such as Graduate Writing and Public Practice as well as more traditional artistic pursuits. The universities fashion design programme in particular is often well regarded. A number of minors are also available to study, consisting of a wide variety of different subjects.
The university campus is located close to Los Angeles International Airport, and it within easy reach of the cities’ numerous roads and public transport links. Otis runs a summer residency for students that allows them to experience living and studying in Los Angeles alongside their fellow students. In addition, the university runs various arts-related student activities in order to inspire their students as well as foster a sense of creativity and community.
The university also operates the Ben Maltz Gallery, a facility mainly dedicated to showcasing contemporary art from a variety of different places. The gallery is run as a non-profit organisation, and intends to display both famous, established artists and well as newer up-and-coming artists.
Some famous alumni of Otis include the Indian actor Abhay Deol, and the American actress Hana Mae Lee.