Otis College of Art and Design


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: California


In 1918, General Harrison Gray Otis bequeathed his home to the city for "the advancement of the arts." For almost 80 years, Otis remained at this downtown location. In 1997, the College moved to the Elaine & Bram Goldsmith Campus on the West side. From Spanish-Moorish mansion to seven-story cube, Otis has evolved. 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.

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Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 1206
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Faculty: 59

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 20:1
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Contact Information

9045 Lincoln Blvd
Los Angeles California 90045

Website: http://www.otis.edu

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Main Phone: 800-527-7684

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Admissions Contact:
Carolyn Boteilho
Admissions Counselor, Admissions

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International Admissions Contact:
Anessa Escobar
Admissions Counselor, Admissions

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Applying to Transfer

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Minimum GPA for Applying:
Otis requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 (of 4.0) for transfer.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
The minimum grade required for transfer is "C."

Credits (Min/Max):
Otis requires a minimum of 33 semester units.

Test Scores for Applying:
The submission of SAT/ACT scores is not required.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
A statement of good standing from your previous institution is required.

Essay(s) required:
A one-page essay is required, which should describe a significant person or experience that has influenced your decision to become an artist or designer. Include your name and other ID(date of birth, address) at the top of the essay.

Application Fee:
There is a $50 nonrefundable application fee.

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Transfers Applied: 509

Transfers Accepted: 249

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 49%

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Otis provides assistance to all matriculated US citizens and permanent residents in financing their education via grants, scholarships, campus employment, loans, and internet resources.

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