Located in downtown Los Angeles, the Otis College of Art and Design has been turning out fashion designers since 1918. The non-profit institution was founded by General Harrison Gray Otis, the founder and publisher of the Los Angeles Times, who bequeathed his L.A. home to the city for "the advancement of the arts."
Otis College of Art & Design: Fashion Design. Los Angeles, California Department of Fashion
The fashion design program at Otis College of Art & Design takes a comprehensive approach to the design process while giving students the opportunity to work with faculty professionals and guest mentors. Design majors work in teams, in a realistic fashion design studio, to produce apparel for their mentors that reflect the fashion industry’s seasonal schedule. The department of fashion strives to prepare students for professional work in American design houses and markets by emphasizing practical experience in fashion design rather than focusing on a theoretical and conceptual perspective.
The fashion program at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is designed as an intensive course of study that aims to provide students with a curriculum that is both concentrated and fulfilling. Primarily, the goal of the fashion program is to train students for careers in the fashion and entertainment industry, visual arts, and interior design.