The mission of Cornish College of the Arts is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as ARTISTS, CITIZENS, and INNOVATORS

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

Our design program emphasizes on both technical skill building/digital literacy and conceptual development. An interdisciplinary focus provides the opportunity to explore the full spectrum of visual art practices, allowing students to identify and embrace their own creative voices. Cornish’s urban campus offers bountiful internship opportunities and direct access to the thriving professional design field.

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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 program builds an excellent foundation and prepares you for a career in music. Train with a primary teacher/mentor in weekly, highly focused private lessons while completing coursework in theory, history, rhythm, piano, and ensemble work.

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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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December 19 , 2014

Cornish Looks Beautiful At 100

. Overlooking the formally attired crowd, all black tie and ball gowns to celebrate Cornish's 100th anniversary, graduate Mary Lambert remarked, “You look so beautiful out there."

Cornish College of the Arts celebrated 100 years in Seattle on Friday, November 14, 2014, with a Centennial Gala at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. The sold-out event attracted a re...

More About Centennial Sponsors: The Cornish Centennial Gala set new records due in part to the following sponsors:  Amazon, Boeing, Bon Appetit, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Foster Pep...

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December 14 , 2014

Baker Named Interim Music Chair

Starting January 2015, Tom Baker steps in as interim chair of the Music Department.

Tom Baker, DMA, officially assumes his new position as interim chair of the Music Department on January 1, 2015, but his appointment already is creating buzz and excitement with local music media and...

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December 14 , 2014

Hang Ups Draws Crowd of Poster Lovers

More than 200 people attended Hang Ups: Cornish Poster Show at Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.

Robynne Raye declared that Hang Ups: Cornish Poster Show was a great success. "We had more than 200 people present at the event, with many student coming in from area schools including Seattle Central...

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December 4 , 2014

Ferguson Piece Leads CDT Fall Concert Lineup

Dance professor Iyun Ashani Harrison’s statement on Ferguson, Mystery of Iniquity, was featured in the Cornish Dance Theater's Fall Concert 2014.

Mystery of Iniquity, Iyun Ashani Harrison’s offering for the Cornish Dance Theater Fall Concert, does not look back: the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, is today’s news. The events set in motion by...

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December 4 , 2014

Clues to Music Development Found In Bird Song

Faculty members from Cornish College of the Arts, Philipps University of Marburg, and University of Vienna, demonstrated that the bird songs share certain traits with human music.

“We need to be careful not to just project sound structures we are familiar with on to animal songs,” said Emily Doolittle, an assistant professor of music at Cornish who worked on the study about...

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Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center
201 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109

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Kerry Hall
710 Harvard Avenue East, Seattle, WA