OTIS BFA Admissions Requirements

Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 3.12.27 PMChecklist:

  • Application online application 
  • Application Fee
  • One Page Essay
  • Transcripts
  • Test Scores
  • Portfolio

Deadline: The Priority Date is February 15.

Using the link we provide, upload your essay and portfolio.

To apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program, please submit these six items:

1. Online Application

2. $60 Application Fee
This is a non-refundable fee. Pay over phone by credit card, or send a check or money order.

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3. Portfolio
10-20 pieces. See portfolio guidelines.

1. Apply Online 2. Otis will send you
the url for Digital
Portfolio site.
3. Follow directions
to upload images of
your work
First-Year (Foundation-Level)
10–20 examples of your best and most recent work.
Any medium, including but not limited to: drawings, illustration, painting, photography, 2-D design, sculpture, drafting, 3-D Design, and time-based projects.

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4. One Page Essay
Choose a work of art or design that you consider to be significant. Imagine that the work had never been made. How would the world be worse off (or better off) without it?

5. Transcripts
Official transcripts showing all completed work to date. High school students must submit a final high school transcript after graduation.

Transfer Students: Transfer students are required to submit final high school transcripts with the graduation date, and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

International Students: Official transcripts from all high schools and universities/colleges attended. These records must clearly state the date of completion and the level of education received. All transcripts must be official copies. If your transcripts are not in English, please submit an official translation by a notary public or recognized evaluation service, and submit both the translated records and the original documents.

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6. Test scores
Submit either SAT or ACT scores if you are in high school. Transfer students are not required to submit standardized test scores.

International Students: If you live in a country where English is not the official language, you should take one of the three tests recognized by Otis: the TOEFL; the IELTS; or the Pearson Test of English (SAT/ACT scores not required). If you are in high school and live in a country where English is the official language, please submit either SAT or ACT scores.

Send materials to:
Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Label all application materials clearly with your name and another ID (date of birth or address).Admissions Counselors are happy to review your work with you in person. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at (310) 665–6820 or admissions@otis.edu.
Applicants are usually notified of the Admissions Committee decision within three weeks of receipt of all required materials.

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Sophomore Transfer
(Fall admission only)
To enter at the sophomore level, you must have completed a minimum of 18 semester units of studio art. It is advisable that you complete at least 15 general education units. Please refer to the chart, and contact the Admissions Office for information on which general education courses to take.
Jump Start Program
for Architecture/
(Spring admission only)
Transfer students interested in the Architecture/ Landscape/Interiors (A/L/I) program have a unique opportunity to “jump start” as a first-semester sophomore in the spring semester. In the Jump Start Program, you complete the first semester of the sophomore year in the spring, and then immediately complete the second semester of the sophomore year during the summer, allowing you to be a junior in the fall. In order to stay on track and graduate on time, both spring and summer semesters must be completed!
(Spring admission only)
Transfer applicants with at least 27 semester units of studio art and design may apply for second-semester sophomore status in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Communication Arts, Digital Media, Fine Arts, and Product Design.(See chart).
Junior Transfer
(Fall admission only)
Junior-level transfer applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Between 36-40 semesters units of studio work are generally required. A student may have the transferable units, but may not have a junior-level portfolio or vice versa. Otis recommends that all prospective junior-level applicants meet with an Admissions Counselor for evaluation. Otis does not accept junior-level transfers in Fashion Design.
Studio Credit/
Transfer credit for studio courses in art and design will be granted only upon presentation of both official transcripts and a proficient portfolio of artwork. Studio credit cannot be granted based on a transcript or portfolio alone. Please refer to the portfolio requirements.

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