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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CORNISH NEWS

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Expo 16 Includes Special Microsoft HoloLens Exhibit

Through the HoloLens exhibit brings students from Dance, Design, and Theater together with future technology from Microsoft. A special exhibition during April 29's opening reception for Expo 16 will allow the public to see how the student created animations and motion designs for Microsoft HoloLens.

Filling galleries in multiple buildings at Cornish College of the Arts’ downtown Seattle campus, Expo 16 is an expansive exhibition of work from graduating seniors in Cornish’s visual arts program...

At the end of its Spring semester, Cornish students prepare and present many exhibitions and performances which take place at the college’s venues on Capitol Hill, in South Lake Union, and at the Se...

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April Brings Shakespeare, Clowns, and Original Works To Alhadeff

The Theater department's juniors are represented in Winter’s Tale and O!Fest running April 21 through May 1.

In April, Cornish presents Shakespeare, clowns, and original works in rotation at the Cornish Playhouse’s Alhadeff Studio at the Seattle Center. Cornish graduate John Farrage ‘90 directs a bohemia...

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Chiang Wins Vilcek Prize

Seattle audiences have seen her work at Cornish, the Seattle Rep, and ACT; this past month Desdemona Chiang, who teaches directing at Cornish, was announced as a winner of the Vilcek Foundation 2016 Creative Promise Award in Theatre.

​ Her mother and father brought Desdemona Chiang to the New World from Taiwan when she was just a toddler, and like many immigrant parents, charted a course for her in a solid pursuit, such as medic...

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Cornish Student Joins Alumni as Co-Host for Latina/o Theater Commons

Cornish has had for a long time an active Latina/Latino involvement. With College community members taking part in the 2016 LTC Pacific Northwest Convening, the activism achieves a new level.

Marco Voli '17 helping to host the Latina/o Theater Commons in association with HowlRound during a convening in Seattle this month. This national movement uses a commons-based approach to transform th...

In partnership with ACTLab, eSe Teatro will present Bernie’s Apt. in May. This world premiere is an original work by Seattle playwright Rose Cano (Cornish '83). Inspired by Lorca...

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Talking With Zootopia’s Kira Lehtomaki

“Never give up and never stop learning. The animation industry is competitive, but if you truly love what you do and you’re willing to put in the time and effort, I do strongly believe that you will get a break.” — Kira Lehtomaki, Animation Supervisor, Disney's Zootopia

by Marciana Romero '17 Recently I, a sophomore design student at Cornish, was given an amazing opportunity: to attend a special presentation on the animation in Disney’s new movie, Zootopia — as...

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