Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Programs: Fashion Design, Costume Design
Annual Tuition: $45,200
Famous Alumni: Rick Owens (didn't graduate), Cynthia Vincent, Claire Pettibone, Charmaine De Mello (Design Director, Alexander Wang), Claire Chouinard (Patagonia, owner and VP of Design)
Companies That Recruit From This School, According to the School: AG Jeans, Alo Yoga, Anthropologie, Free People, Guess, Manhattan Beachwear, PacSun, Ralph Lauren, Revolve, Urban Outfitters
Graduation Rate: 56%
Acceptance Rate: 77%
Average Class Size: 13
Classes are taught in: English
Percentage of International Students: 28%
Job Placement Rate: 92%
What the Students Say:
"You get what you put into it. I also feel this can happen at any campus with fashion design. A vision has more weight than technical skill, but having both elevates everything."
"Do not come here for fashion unless you really want to do fashion; the workload is hectic and the amount of time you have to put into the school makes it hard to have any personal time until you graduate."
"Your creativity will be pushed and truly make you stand out from other students at other schools. Everything is taught in real world situations, so it becomes second nature when you're at internships and/or jobs."
"Learn how to sew before you come here, and learn how to manage your time the best you can."
The Bottom Line: This school may not have produced the most marquee names, and its graduation rate is a bit lower than others, but its 92% job placement rate is notable; it's clear that employers in L.A. and beyond see Otis as a reliable source of strong candidates. Its mentorship program allows students to work with successful industry professionals on designs for their graduate fashion show. It's classes are also smaller than most, but that comes at a price with high tuition. Students tended to be happy with their decision to attend Otis but less satisfied with financial aid advising and social life at the school. Overall, it's respected design school that employs industry professionals, with a nice campus in a fashion capital.
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Last updated December 2019.