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    University of the Arts Transfer Opportunities

    We welcome you to consider Otis College of Art and Design and Los Angeles for the continuation of your creative studies! Our team is here to support you and offer you resources to make this transition as seamless as possible. We will offer maximum transfer credits from University of the Arts to Otis and a guaranteed scholarship tuition discount. 

    University of the Arts students can apply for Fall 2024 or Spring 2025 to complete their studies with us. University of the Arts students will receive a teach out at Otis and the following benefits:

    • Application Fee Waiver – apply here
    • No essays or letters of recommendation required
    • Fast-tracked application review and admission counselor support
    • Acceptance of University of Art's credits towards an Otis degree so you can stay on track to graduate (including seniors)
    • Waiving the 63 transfer credit maximum
    • Dedicated transfer advising
    • Tuition Discount of $28,000 per academic year* / Otis tuition is $53,772 
    *Limited spaces are available.

    Programs Eligible for Teach Out

    To be eligible for the teach out, you should apply for major directly correlated in the chart below. If you apply for a different major, you will still be eligible for transfer credits from University of the Arts to Otis.
    University of the Arts ProgramOtis Program
    BFA Fine ArtsBFA Fine Arts
    BFA PhotographyBFA Fine Arts (Photography)
    BFA Graphic DesignBFA Graphic Design
    BFA Interaction DesignBFA Graphic Design
    BFA IllustrationBFA Illustration
    BFA Product DesignBFA Product Design
    BFA AnimationBFA Animation (soph/jr), Digital Media (sr)
    BFA Game ArtsBFA Game and Entertainment Design (soph/jr), Digital Media (sr)

    Our goal is to help you maximize your transfer credits from University of the Arts to Otis. The teach out is the easiest way to maximize credits, but we will also assist you if you'd like to change your major to any of those that we offer at Otis.

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    About Otis College of Art and Design

    Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. Located in the center of Los Angeles, the College mission is to educate a diverse community of students to become highly skilled, well-informed and responsible professionals -- empowering them to shape the world. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar winners, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, entrepreneurs, and design stars at influential companies including Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Netflix. With a 90% employment rate, Otis graduates are well prepared to enter the creativity economy of LA and beyond. 

    Otis is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Otis is also a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).

    If you have any questions about transferring to Otis, please contact Yoi Tanaka, VP of Admissions at or text/call us at (323) 870-6820. We are here to assist you every step of the way.

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