Whether you're thinking about starting college or transferring from another school, our Open Houses will allow you to explore all that Cornish has to offer in the visual and performing arts. Start making your future today.
Bring your artistic dreams to Seattle, then collaborate and experiment across all the arts. Work with the latest ideas, techniques, and technology. Connect with a powerful professional network and a 100-year tradition of successful, path-breaking alumni.
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Our program facilitates experimentation and risk taking. You will work in a shared studio alongside your peers, and will have the option to work across print, sculpture, drawing, photography, painting, and performance. Having choice and flexibility supports a wide range of practices, and encourages you to define your interests and artistic voice. Develop critical thinking and build practical and technical skills.
Cornish Design teaches conceptual thinking, technical skills and digital fluidity. Students design in the languages of UX, UI, print, handmade books, illustration, interior architecture, objects, apparel, motion graphics and 2 and 3D animation. Part of a visual and performing arts college, our students experience a full range of creativity, and our Seattle studios involve them in a design culture with rich internship opportunities.
With future-focused curriculum in modern facilities, you’ll study video, film, and sound arts for a successful career in time-based media. You will have the opportunity to explore filmmaking, editing, videography, cinematic lighting, sound design, narrative, and non-narrative storytelling, documentary, and intermedia using a variety of exhibition formats.
With an equal emphasis on performance and choreography, we provide a challenging curriculum and supportive faculty mentoring to help you discover your own artistic path. Perform new works by professional choreographers as well as renowned masterpieces, while developing your choreographic voice and collaborating on creative interdepartmental productions.
With a diverse curriculum, supportive and collaborative faculty, our undergraduate program supports students who want to be music makers of all types, from performance to composition. Train with a primary teacher/mentor in weekly, highly focused private lessons while completing coursework in theory, history, rhythm, piano, and ensemble work. Cornish also offers a post-graduate Artist's Diploma in Early Music.
Learn by doing in our broad, hands-on curriculum. You will engage in design and skill-based production work in costumes, scenery, lighting, sound, stage management, and tech production, working on crews, and building and running real shows in Theater, Dance, and Music.
Explore the creative possibilities within yourself and connect the making of theater to the world around you. Be part of a community that values you as a generative as well as an interpretive theater maker. Whether you focus on acting, musical theater, or creating original works for performance, you will study with working performers, playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, and casting directors whose guidance, inspiration, and experience.
As previously announced, the Kronos Quartet will be in Seattle from February 20 to 24. They will lead a two-day interdisciplinary residency with Cornish students that extends well outside of the music department.
Cornish students from all departments will have an opportunity to interact with the famed Kronos Quartet when they arrive on campus later this month. Discussions and demonstrations will occur in both...
Cornish senior Shelby Choo has been selected to participated in the 2016 USITT Gateway Program. This program and the USITT Diversity Initiative are committed to expanding diversity within the performing arts by focusing on mentorships for designers, technicians, and managers.
Cornish senior Shelby Choo will attend the USITT 56th Annual Conference & Stage Expo in March as part of the USITT Gateway Program. Choo is one of a dozen students receiving support through the Ga...
“The Midday Concerts are an excellent opportunity for music students to experience each other’s work and for building a sense of community within our department. But it’s also a good chance for students from ADFM, Theater, Dance, and Performance Production to hear what their peers in music are working on outside their discipline" - Tom Baker
Each semester, the Music Department of Cornish College of the Arts hosts a variety of free concerts that benefit both Cornish students and the community. The Midday Concert Series is a collectio...
Bern Herbolsheimer was top composer in the Northwest whose work was heard all over the world; a Cornish legend is gone at the age of 67.
A new recording with a number of Cornish connections, American Dreams, just came out a few months ago, and now a major contributor to the work has passed away, Bern Herbolsheimer. Though retired f...
Cornish moves to radically extend its non-undergraduate extension program with Spring at Cornish: the spring schedule of courses is a step towards synching up a year-round education for all ages with its degree programs.
Not everyone can immerse themselves in the high-energy, high-density life of a full-time Cornish student. Through its Prep Dance and summer programs, younger students have flocked to the College ov...