Students who pursue design- and art-related careers no longer must learn art business skills on their own after graduation.
Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles has launched a college-to-career initiative called Your Creative Future. This program ensures that all art and design students develop the full set of professional, business, and entrepreneurial skills needed to launch and sustain successful careers.
This initiative includes business practices courses for every student, discipline-specific professional preparation, real-world engagement, career services, and individual mentoring. Some students can minor in entrepreneurial studies.
Courses such as business planning, basic accounting, principles of finance, cost structuring, invoicing, and taxation are tailored for artists and designers. Students learn about portfolio development, presentation delivery, and client relations within their majors.
The College’s Creative Action program provides project-based opportunities with local and international organizations. Internships, travel study opportunities, and individualized career counseling are also available.
The Career Services office connects students and alumni to internship, freelance, part-time, and full-time employment opportunities. The online job board features over 2,600 employers.
Students who choose to minor in Entrepreneurial Studies dive deeper into the world of start-ups, small businesses, and solopreneurship. They will form their own studios, develop their work or products, and market themselves.
About Otis College of Art and Design
Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Degree programs include:
- graphic design
- game and entertainment design
- motion design
- costume design
- product design
- toy design
The College’s mission is to prepare diverse students to enrich the world through their creativity, skill, and vision.
Alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar winners, and design stars from Apple, Pixar, Mattel, and more.