School and Ranking Information
Of the ten schools offering degrees related to visual communications in the Los Angeles area, the majority are private, for-profit institutions. Based on rankings, number of programs available and the faculty-to-student ratio, the following school is the top pick in the area.
- Winner: The Otis College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, 4-year institution in Los Angeles, CA. The college offers bachelor's degree programs related to visual communications and digital media design. Students might also consider pursuing a master's degree program in fine arts that incorporates studies in visual communications.
School Info Chart
|Category||Otis College of Art and Design|
|Rankings||#27 in Best Fine Arts Graduate Programs (2012)*|
|Location||Los Angeles, CA|
|School Type||4-year; private; not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||Undergrad: $40,490*|
|Design and Visual Communications Degrees Offered||Bachelor's|
|Design and Visual Communications Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||18**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||57%**|
|Noteworthy||Master's-level students have their own individual studios in which to work***|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Otis College of Art and Design
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Otis College of Art and Design
- At the Goldsmith Campus, students can utilize the Computer Center, Lab Press and shops geared toward lighting, metal work, photography and more
- Graduates from the digital media programs have gone on the work for Pixar, Blizzard, Sony and Nickelodeon
- Otis has several partner art and design colleges all over the world where students can do exchange programs
In 1918, General Harrison Gray Otis, founder and publisher of the Los Angeles Times newspaper, offered up his home for city use in 'the advancement of the arts.' The result was Otis College of Art and Design, now home to over 1,000 students. In 1997, the college moved to the Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus on the west side of Los Angeles. It offers two bachelor's degree programs that are directly related to visual communications, as well as a master's degree program that can be tailored toward the topic.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts program at Otis features such courses as contemporary views of art and culture, history of design and typography. Students can major in graphic design, illustration or advertising design.
Bridging traditional art concepts with modern technology and methods, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media program focuses on how stories can be told through design and motion. Students can major in animation, motion design or game and entertainment design. Coursework consists of topics like advanced modeling and animation, 3D storytelling and the fusion of entertainment with technology.
Incorporating various artistic disciplines, students can pursue the graduate-level program in fine arts that challenges them to better comprehend the scope of their art through the lenses of history, sexuality, culture, politics and other social factors. The graduate curriculum will involve seminars, courses, research and studio work with preparations for a final exhibition.