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.
Beloved by his fans as DJ Spooky, Paul D. Miller brings the world premiere of a serious new work to the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center December 4 for one night only, "Peace Symphony," a ground-breaking piece that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
by Tom Baker, Chair, Music Department
Paul D. Miller has carved himself an important niche in popular music as DJ Spooky, a "turntablist" and experimental artist whose work has transcended...
"(Anon)ymous" opens plays through November 22 at Raisbeck Performance Hall — Naomi Iizuka's adaptation of "The Odyssey" appears under the direction of Cornish directing instructor Desdemona Chiang. Senior Leah Webster caught up with her as the play finished tech rehearsals.
Cornish College of the Arts Theater Department’s fall season has been focused on contemporary adaptations of classic tales as well as how characters have to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances...
Cornish’s second century began with the college’s first massive online open course hitting a top ten list in November. The same week, the college offered its first music master class via Google Hangouts, bringing composter/pianist Yitzhak Yedid in Australia together with students at PONCHO in Kerry Hall.
As Cornish began its second century this month, two of its global offerings let people around the world essentially step into a Cornish classroom and participate in a class for free.
As announced ea...
Cornish's Next Century Gala raised more than $500,000 for scholarships. Tony Award and Pulitizer Prize winning playwright Brian Yorkey talked about the importance of education and the arts. Broadway star and Tony Award nominee Stephanie Block seranaded the guests. And Cornish students showed their stuff throughout the evening, from a photo montage of recent art shows to award-winning film to live performances.
Cornish's centennial year ended with the event, marking a time to focus the College on the its next 100 years. The Next Century Gala brought board members, contributors, friends, students, faculty, an...
The Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator residency facilitates the risk taking of the allied arts. This year, the first residency was completed by Cornish dance student Julia (JuJu) Kusanagi '16 in October.
The Arts Incubator residencies at the Cornish Playhouse began last year as part of the facility’s extensive public benefit program. Recognizing the artists of all types need a place to experiment, t...