Otis College of Art and Design is a non-profit 501(c) 3 institution that was founded in 1918 by General Harrison Gray Otis, the founder and publisher of the Los Angeles Times, who bequeathed his home to the city for "the advancement of the arts." For almost eighty years, Otis remained at this downtown location. In 1997, the College moved to the Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus on the West side. The 40,000 square foot horizontal Galef Fine Arts Center, designed by Frederick Fisher Architects, opened in 2001. Its complex geometry and corrugated metal forms contrast with the "punchcard" vocabulary of Ahmanson Hall. Together, these buildings comprise the Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus. Fashion Design occupies one floor of the California Market Center in downtown L.A.; Graduate Fine Arts studios are in the nearby beach community of El Segundo, and Graduate Public Practice is at the 18th St Arts Center in Santa Monica.
Otis College of Art and Design Gallery is located at 9045 Lincoln Boulevard in Los Angeles and offers convenient access and parking to its school. Otis College of Art and Design is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and offers a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or BFA program.