The KCAI Case Study asks: What are Graduate Schools looking for in potential MFA candidate? Otis College of Art and Design replies!

Are you thinking about grad school? You may have a short list of what you’re looking for in a program, but who are they looking for in an MFA candidate? The KCAI Case Study wants to know! We asked several AICAD Schools(Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design) including Otis College of Art and Design.

Graduate Otis Admissions Counselor, Chris Oatey had this to say:

We look for applicants whose personal vision and experiences set them apart. The portfolio and statement should focus on a specific area of interest and show that an applicant has an awareness of how their work fits into the contemporary art and design discourse. We judge an applicant’s ability to grow within a group of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are working in a variety of media.

People come to Otis to get one-on-one instruction from world renowned faculty who are important players in the global art and design communities. While each of these graduate programs is distinct, being located in Los Angeles allows access to a network of the most sought after visiting artists, designers and writers, as well as constant dialogue with museums, galleries, and cultural institutions.

Otis is located in Los Angeles, CA. They offer MFA’s in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Public Practice and Writing. Tuition is about $35k a year for the 2-year program.

To find out more visit www.otis.edu, or email Chris coatey@otis.edu

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