Los Angeles, CA
Otis College of Art and Design


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Recent Reviews

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

it is very close to every company and it's in the middle of the city.

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

it is very close to every company and it's in the middle of the city.

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

always keep in mind about the environment where you and your child is going. school is important but the surrounding is extreamly important as well. so college tour is a must thing you should do during your senior year in college.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

doing liberal arts courses with the art course was difficult and frustrating.

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

When it comes to finding the right college, it is good to start with true honesty about the student. Talent is one thing, but...

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

When it comes to finding the right college, it is good to start with true honesty about the student. Talent is one thing, but passion is what is needed to make the best of something. College is not to find what a student is good at, it is for a student to find what will make the future enjoyable, a successful career. Many people make the mistake that I made with my first choice of college. I went for a college that I felt that would be simple for me because I could do the work. Spent a year going for what I was good at because I thought my passion was too irrational. I left that school and now I attend Otis. Now I know how irrational I was from the beginning with my first choice. My big advice is to be truthful and understanding of what it is that the student wants for the future, not what seems rational. There are so many people that make the world go around, a student should never be shy about expressing what he or she wants to do in college. It might actually be something that turns out to be great.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A hardworking, highly motivated person that is interested in the Visual Arts world should attend this school. A person who wants to bring out the best artistic qualities and creative side and apply it to a strong career should attend Otis College of Art and Design. It is a school for a person that feels that a career in art deserves as much respect as any other career because an artist works just as hard and sometimes harder for success.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

This school is for the creative mind. A person that is not focused on bring out his or her creative and artisitic side should not attend this school. This is not a school for sports, science, and business management. A person that are focusing on dancing and acting, performing arts, should not attend this school. A person who want easy grades and laid back community should not attend this school.

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

support your kid honestly in whatever it is they want to do, recognize thier talents and weaknesses, and apply that to how yo...

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

support your kid honestly in whatever it is they want to do, recognize thier talents and weaknesses, and apply that to how you support them. and enjoy college while you can. be driven. its over before you know it

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

general knowledge of the computer applications that I'm learning now.

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

the prices of the cafeteria food, and slow elevators

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

Look carefully at the choice of courses, envoirnment, and the financial ability to succssed. Ask yourself why you want to go ...

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

Look carefully at the choice of courses, envoirnment, and the financial ability to succssed. Ask yourself why you want to go to school. A two year, four year, or privite college, which one is going to give yo what you want and estimate the amount of time you need to attain your degree.

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

The amount of money I need to raise in order to attend interferes with my performance. More than once I could not complete my homework because I was working or because I could not afford materials.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Some one with weak work ethics. Homework comes fast and in heavy loads from a ridiculous number of required classes in a semester. Some one who is not willing to work everyday and twice on Sundays to complete their assignments, including spending at least twenty hours for one class' homework that week alone. Some one who feels that sleep is a priority.

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

First of all, the student should seriously look at themselves and consider what it is they want to do. It should not be about...

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

First of all, the student should seriously look at themselves and consider what it is they want to do. It should not be about what their parents want them to do, because then they will truly not put forth their best effort. Then the student should think about if they want to commute or if they want to live on their own. Once that has been settled (and talked about with the parents... unless the student is going to pay for everything on their own), then start looking and asking around. The internet, books, and other people's experiences are good sources. As for making the most of the college experience, it depends on where you decided to go and where your focus is. Sometimes it's a more challenging balance to find, but try to make the time to enjoy yourself through (or during) the work. Put your all into everything so you can be proud of your accomplishments. There will be sacrifices, and that's when you think about the end result and your commitment to that future you want. Try to use every resource the school provides! The experience doesn't come around twice.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing would be the opportunity. You're around tons of talented people, and you have professors that as a whole know what they're doing and will challenge you to think in different ways.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person would have to be completely devoted and willing to work VERY hard. If you procrastinate, it becomes very hard to keep up, let alone catch up. Be prepared for lots of all-nighters (sometimes in a row) and very rarely having the time to socialize outside of school. But if you're prepared for that, then this school is great for making you look at everything in a different way and making you become a little more professional.

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

otis is very carreer driven in terms of reputation, which often comes before the students themselves. i feel the school could...

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

otis is very carreer driven in terms of reputation, which often comes before the students themselves. i feel the school could do a lot better if it focused more on the betterment of the students themselves rather than the politics within the faculty and alumni.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

the prestigious alumni which come from it

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

Take your time with your future. Don't just rush into a school right after high school just because it seems like the right thing to do. Sometimes waiting a year to figure out your passion, or just to mature is the ight thing to do. I went staright into a great school with a very generous scholarship, but because I wasn't quite ready, I messed it all up and it took me a while to recover and get back on track, not to mention the fact that scholarships became harder to come by.

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

Otis is a paramount for people wanting to begin a career in art.

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

Otis is a paramount for people wanting to begin a career in art.

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

Try to narrow down what your child wants to do in life . Do not discourage them, whether it be art or dermatology! You will be surprised how successful someone can be in any field .

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is the vibrance of thinking and creating that goes on. When you walk down the halls, artwork of all types is hung on display, whether they be rough sketches or final works. The rooms are bustling with people creating something new and interesting. It is mind blowing to walk through so much creativity.

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

In choosing your college research the universities you are interested in so you can make an informed choice. Once you are a...

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

In choosing your college research the universities you are interested in so you can make an informed choice. Once you are at your chosen school invest your maximum effort into each project. Strive for excellence, never being satisfied with ?good enough,? but don?t stress yourself out seeking impossible levels of perfection. Also take advantage of the unique opportunities (guest lectures, workshops, internships, etc.) provided at or through your school.

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

The cost. Tuition and rent in the area are high. This is fairly common for schools of this type and quality, but it?s still a negative.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A serious art student willing to put in more work than what is technically required.

Robyn
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are diverse racially, socially, and culturally leading to the interaction with many different types of personal...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are diverse racially, socially, and culturally leading to the interaction with many different types of personalities.

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

Over time, I have gained insight into what is really important about the "college years" of life. I attend a private art college that is only one-fourth the size of a standard city block, and have compared this to the experiences of my peers at some of the largest universities in the country to find that the most important factor in finding the right school is growth. First, educational growth : What do you want to learn and what are the methods in which you want to learn it? State colleges tend to have very common majors for a conventional job market versus smaller schools for more specific or obscure majors. One is not superior to the other and your decision should consider both options. Investigate the methods of teaching within that school. Is there community involvement? Are certain labs or equiptment facilities available? Second, personal growth: How do you want to develop as a person during these years? This depends on many factors from the school's location to what extracurricular activities are available. In the end, find a place that alows you to be comfortable, while providing for you the tools necessary to gain a great education.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

I do not advise the non-driven to attend Otis. The curriculum is intense and one must be competely devoted to meeting it, for I have witnessed many students drop out because they were unwilling to sacrifice their social lives in place of the work load. I also do not recommend Otis if you do not enjoy open discussion and critique in the classroom between all students and faculty.

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