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No matter what stage of the college search process you find yourself in, Otis Admissions is here to help! We know you have many options to consider, and it can seem overwhelming. As a first step, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about different colleges, majors, and scholarships. One easy way to get started is right here at Otis College of Art and Design. We offer a variety of events and advising sessions to help you decide if we’re the right fit for you.


In-Person Campus Tours

Participate in a campus tour led by one of our Student Ambassadors to learn more about student life at Otis College. Experience a walkthrough of our studio facilities while exploring our various labs, shops, and buildings across campus. During the tour, you’ll also learn more about our degree programs offered at the College and gain insights into the application process.

1:1 Counselor Appointments

We offer one-on-one virtual or in-person appointments with an admissions counselor for prospective students interested the BFA and MFA programs. During this appointment, you can share your portfolio, ask questions about the application process, and learn about our different degree programs. These appointments are also great for accepted students who are seeking guidance on enrolling at the College and have questions about housing, financial aid or anything else.

Virtual Tour

Experience a virtual walkthrough of our studio facilities while exploring our various labs, shops, and buildings across campus. During the tour, you’ll also learn more about our degree programs offered at the College and gain insights into the application process.

Virtual Information Sessions

Information Session

Join Otis Admissions to get an introduction to Otis College of Art and Design and learn how to apply for the undergraduate program. This is a great session for you if you are just starting to learn about Otis College and looking for an overview. After a brief presentation, we’ll open the floor for Q&A. Bring your questions!

Register for a BFA Info Session

MFA Information Session

Join us for an in-depth overview of our MFA programs in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. Learn more about application requirements and gain insight into how to submit a stellar portfolio with your application. Our Admissions staff will also provide helpful information about financial aid and ways to fund your graduate studies. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register for an MFA Info Session

Transfer Information Session

Learn about how to create a transfer pathway to Otis College. We will give you insight into how to maximize your transfer credits and how to use the I-GETC to select courses for Otis. We will also review the different majors and minors that you can transfer into and what we look for in portfolios. This session will be held over the video conference platform Zoom.

Register for a Transfer Info Session

Portfolio Development Info Session

We offer two different portfolio development info sessions. The Virtual Portfolio Development and Majors session will cover our general portfolio development tips. We will also introduce you to the majors Otis offers, and you'll see examples of different portfolios. We recommend that you attend this session first, before attending the "Portfolio Development Part II: Highlighting Your Technical Skills and Your Creativity" session. This session will cover the elements that help you make observational work that is not only skilled, but also conceptually driven.

Register for a Portfolio Info Session

Interactive Workshop

Join Otis Admissions for two different virtual workshops. These are great ways to get your creativity flowing, and while the focus is more on having fun with the process, you might even make (or be inspired to make) pieces you can add to your portfolio! In Experimental Contour Drawing, experiment with 3 different contour drawing techniques and enjoy the process of drawing. In the collage portion, we will create collages, and see examples of how collage can impact your work in other mediums. 

Register for an Interactive Workshop

Parent/Family Information Session

Learn about how to support your student as they embark on the college application process. This session, led by the Associate Dean of Admissions, will provide an introduction to Otis College, the application process, and provide tips for you and your student on how to navigate the college search process. This session is best-suited for parents/guardians/family members of students who may apply to college within the next year.

Register for a Family Info Session

Financial Aid Information Session

Learn more about Financial Aid and scholarships at Otis College of Art and Design! During this virtual info session, Samuel Kim, Dean of Enrollment Management, will discuss the FAFSA, how to apply for aid, types of aid available and the ways to fund your education at Otis. The session will also discuss what Otis looks for when awarding merit scholarships. The session will end with a Q&A where you can get all of your questions answered.

Register for a Financial Aid Session

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National Portfolio Day

National Portfolio Day is free for students to attend from anywhere around the world! Be inspired, gain advice on how to prepare and improve your portfolio while you learn more about the programs at different schools. You will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives from colleges and universities to receive valuable feedback to help you with your college application journey. Please note that no admissions decisions or scholarships will be given at these events. This is strictly to help you prepare your portfolio and learn about the different schools and their programs.

Learn More About National Portfolio Day

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