The Otis College of Art and Design is located in Los Angeles, California. It is a college for art and design. It is popularly known as Otis. The main Otis College of Art and Design campus is situated near the Los Angeles International airport at Westchester, Los Angeles.
The Otis College of Art and Design is counted as one of California’s major art institutions. It is among USA’s top ten art colleges and ranks somewhere among the top five. Otis College of Art and Design was founded in 1918 when Harrison Gray, the founder of the Los Angeles Times bequeathed his MacArthur Park property for the construction of a public art college. Presently Otis College of Art and Design has three campuses. The Elaine and Bram Goldsmith campus is centrally situated and spreads over five acres.
It was originally named Otis Art Institute. It was affiliated with New York’s Parsons School of Design from 1978 to 1991 and was known as Otis-Parson or Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. The school became independent in 1991 and was renamed Otis College of Art and Design. The college is accredited by WASC and National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Course at Otis College of Art and Design:
The course term at Otis College of Art and Design is for four years like any other art school. Majors are offered in traditional subjects like Illustration, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Architecture, Landscape Design, Interior Design and Fashion Design as well as latest subjects like Digital Media, Toy design and Interactive Product Design. An MFA in fine arts and writing is also available. Undergraduate students select their majors in their second year. Before selecting a major, they complete a series of classes in drawing, painting, composition and construction in their first year. Standard liberal arts classes are required in addition to studio work. Traditional history classes are replaced by art history.