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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VISUAL ARTS

Art

Cornish College of the Arts Art Department

Art

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.

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Design

Cornish College of the Arts Design Department

Design

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.

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Film + Media

Cornish College of the Arts Film + Media Department

Film + Media

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.

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PERFORMING ARTS

Dance

Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department

Dance

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.

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Music

Cornish College of the Arts Music Department

Music

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.

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Performance Production

Cornish College of the Arts Performance Production Department

Performance Production

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.

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Theater

Cornish College of the Arts Theater Department

Theater

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.

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Robynne Raye Exibits Posters in China

Robynne Raye’s packaging class exhibition This Side Up has become an anticipated yearly event at Cornish; now she’s creating a stir with design work of her own—in China.

Cornish faculty member Robynne Raye had three posters exhibited this past May in China at the Guanshanyue Art Museum's first annual Shenzhen International Poster Festival. Shenzhen is a city of 15 mil...

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Accelerated Master of Arts In Teaching Offered to Cornish Students

A new program developed by Cornish and the Vermont College of Fine Arts offers five-year combined BFA and MAT.

​Cornish students who envisage a career as teachers of pre-school to 12th-grade art and design now have a clear and easy path thanks to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) offered through Vermont Col...

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Williams Win Caps Banner Year for Interior Architecture

With Donguia Scholarship win, Alexa Williams joins fellow Interior Architecture students at the top.

​Design senior Alexa Williams '16, entering her senior year in Interior Architecture, has won a prestigious Donguia Scholarship with a prize of $30,000. Williams, an international student born and r...

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We Must Do What We Say We Will Do

Student Housing Matters, a publication of Capstone On-Campus Management, recently started a new column called The Buzz. Writer Alton Irwin asked higher education thought leaders, including Cornish College of the Arts President Dr. Nancy J. Uscher, to talk about "intentionality" and why it impacts colleges today. Here's President Uscher's thoughts on the subject.

​Dr. Nancy Uscher became the president of Cornish College of the Arts in 2011. She is the first woman to hold that position since Nellie Cornish, who founded the school in 1914, and is frequently as...

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Happy Birthday, Nellie — What Cornish Means to Me

From the Cornish archives, for Nellie Cornish's birthday in the centennial year of her Cornish School, a charming, never-before-published manuscript by her adopted daughter, Elena Miramova.

In 1963, the editors of Nellie Cornish's autobiography, Miss Aunt Nellie, were gathering reminiscences of her life from those who knew her and loved her. One came from Nellie's adopted daughter and Co...

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