Los Angeles, CA
Otis College of Art and Design


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Recent Reviews

Celina
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

the kind of art school where there are no snobs.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

the kind of art school where there are no snobs.

Describe the students at your school.

friendly, passionate, career oriented.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In choosing a school always consider that visiting isn't the same as living somewhere. Distance and being too different, not aesthically, can be the two biggest challenges. Always find somewhere that feels you, often its what's similar to what you grew up with, but if its too different or very far away from home, do make the decision cautiously. Talking to a student or a resident is always helpful, often they have advice about school and activities around the area. They can give you a better perspective about the overall mood and quality of the campus you're considering.

Mindy
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Plan ahead, fill out your FAFSA, apply for teh Cal grants, and save money by getting a part-time job or IRA

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Plan ahead, fill out your FAFSA, apply for teh Cal grants, and save money by getting a part-time job or IRA

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Time it would take to complete projects. Money management.

Helen
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I guess parents need to be extremely open about art and need to know the priority in terms of living. Especially art is so much different than any other subjects. That students have to dedicate most of their times in school campus doing their work.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

that our school focuses more on money making and business

Nicole
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It's in flux. Even though the school is ninety years old, there really isn't academic structure -- which can be good and bad...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It's in flux. Even though the school is ninety years old, there really isn't academic structure -- which can be good and bad. Instructors don't require a Master's or PhD. It doesn't accomodate working people with evening classes or summer sessions. Finally, they treat the college more like a high school , with rules governing attendance, school trips, loan disbursement. They treat the students like children.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the colleges you are interested more than once, speak with a few random students who attend the school. Check out all the facilities: library, labs and shops. Ask about the internship and job placement rate. Research the instructors, this can be done online, eg. www.ratemyprofessors.com. If the student has an idea of which career path he/she would like to take, get the opinion from various professional associations. Take a weekend evening class at the school if available, to test the waters. Finally, don't feel like you're locked into staying at one school. If things aren't working out at the school of your choice, apply somewhere else!

What kind of person should attend this school?

- Someone who is wealthy, or so poor that they will be entitled to the most aid. - A person who doesn't need to work while in school. - Students who are more interested in 'busy' work than challenging work. - Someone who wants to 'pay' for their degree to be handed to them with a little effort.

Darya
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

For the student, know what you want to get out of your college experience, what do you really want to learn and take with you...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

For the student, know what you want to get out of your college experience, what do you really want to learn and take with you after you graduate. Plan your finances and save for the future. Research your intended major so that you know what you're getting yourself into, finding out ahead of time if this is what you really want for your future. Rather then waisting your time and money try to find as much information as possible; research. For parents, be supportive of your child's decision, save extra money for them during college attendance and after graduation (just in case!). Encourage their decision and research the colleges they choose and find out costs to start saving. A little goes a long way!

What's unique about your campus?

They teach us life skills for when we're working out in the real world. Time management and good work ethics are also acquired. They make us work hard and push us to put are best work forward, so that students can contantly push their abilities. Staff also encourage us to contantly research are intented major, for example, fashion majors contantly go out search what's new, old, different. Constantly taking notes and memorizing trends.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who are lazy, can't be on time to class, people who don't like art, lack of communication skills, etc.

Roxanne
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Otis College of Art and Design is a school where alomost anyone who attends will be successful.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Otis College of Art and Design is a school where alomost anyone who attends will be successful.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure that the college you want has your major and throughly research each of your choices.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is all the help I get from almost everyone I know at school. The teachers provide me with great feedback and are always avalible. And because the student body is so diverse and somewhat small, people are very friendly and also encourage me to do my best and at the same time we support each other when one of us is struggling.

Daniel
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Deffinitely be sure about the college that you are applying to. Choosing the right school is very important, see as many campuses as possible before making your choice. A good social network at your school is VITAL, make sure you see yourself meeting and connecting with the students.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

unmotivated people, with no self drive.

Jay
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Otis College of Art and Design is one of the top three undergraduate Art institutions in the world for Fashion Design, Toy De...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Otis College of Art and Design is one of the top three undergraduate Art institutions in the world for Fashion Design, Toy Design, Interactive Product Design, Architecture and Fine Art (and will probably devour your soul).

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Higher Education allows our children to flourish and discover new worlds never before availible to them. Parents must instil an ethic of hard work and hold education as a virtue so that our children and our children's children can have a brighter tomorrow because education blossoms understanding. Dedication and hard work coupled with understanding can only manifest harmonious coexistence of all. Maybe then those dreamers like John Lenon and Dr. King Jr. can look upon the world from above and hold their heads high. But what was right for previous generations may not necesarily be right for our children now. We must not force our own hopes and dreams on our children. Through their own educational discoveries, they will find their own path, a path less traveled. They just need a little guiding light, a helping hand and most of all they need our love.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The facilities director is resistant to projects on the grounds rather than the gallery spaces. I believe that the fact I attend an Art school should allow me to be able to place art anywhere I please as long as I return the space to it's original condition.

Grace
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

our school is best known for fashion Design, also toy design. it was the first fashion Design school in Los Angeles, and i sa...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

our school is best known for fashion Design, also toy design. it was the first fashion Design school in Los Angeles, and i say it's the best fashion Design school , our main capus is located at near West chester (LAX), and our fashion Design campus is located at Downtown, in the heart of fashion distric. every year we have a senior fashion benifit show at the Beverly hilton hotel to raise money, and to show off our Junior, and Senior's work.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Just have lots of experience in differnt field before you apply to college. Like some parents wants their child to be a lawer, or doctor, parents need to stop thinking selfish. because they might go to UCLA,..but if it's not their interest they would either waste their money and time and drop out later or after they graduate they won't feel happy with their job.Just don't push your kid too hard, let them find what they are interested just support their dreams. i never game up my dream,because of the support by my mother. i applied to Otis College of art and Design, my desire of attending Otis college was so big that that was the Only school i applied to and luckly I was accepted. I say once you get in to college students shouldn't waste their time on part-time jobs, because if you are student, that's your job and you need to focuse being the best student. take out loans, or pay back your parents later on. And most important thing is that find a good friend, it changed who you are by who your friends are.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

someone that will try their hardest, peson that doesn't skip classes.

Andrew
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advice them to research the school in early hand before entering the college. It would be nice to visit the school th...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advice them to research the school in early hand before entering the college. It would be nice to visit the school that the student wishes to attend before applying for that college to feel and see if the college is right for the students. There are many convenient websites for most colleges, and there are also websites such as Campus Discovery.com that talks and rates the school on what their best are, and what their worst are. The most important thing in my opinion, is that it is the students? will to choose where they want to go to pursue their dream/goal, because they are the ones that will choose what they want to become after graduating their college that they chose. To make the most of the college experience, the students should know the diversity of race and also the activities that are available to them. Since most of American universities are not all about studying, there are fraternities, and sororities, sports, extra curricular activities, clubs, etc. that the students can experience and enjoy through out their college years. In addition, students should be open to other ethnicities and socialize to make a better community.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I believe the worst thing about Otis college of Art and Design would be not having or pursuing many extra curricular activities. It is not all the school?s fault, because we as students are busy with our workload. With out the activities, there are no chances for any majors to get to know or socialize with each other. I want to get to know other students in other majors, because when I graduate from Otis, I would seek help from other industries/majors as well. I would like to have student activities to build more school spirit for Otis.

What kind of person should attend this school?

I believe a person that is dedicated to what they really want to achieve in the Art/Design field should attend this college, a person that has full of imagination and ideas that would surprise many Art/Design industries around the world. Not only who are talented in Art but who are academically fit as of English, History, etc. and who are not willing to miss classes regardless of any reason should attend this college. Lastly, a person who can be a leader, who is competent in facing any kind of hardships should attend Otis college of Art and Design.

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  • Tuition & Fees
  • $44,020
  • Acceptance rate
  • 93%

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