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 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. 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 View More News

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Reflections on the BFA Dance Concerts

Miranda Chantelois '17 interviewed Julia Sloane '15 about her experiences as both a performer and a choreographer this spring.

Mid February each year, seniors in the Cornish dance department gather in an adrenaline-induced frenzy at Broadway Performance Hall to present the physical manifestation of their college experience: t...

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New Chair of Dance Announced

Following an international search, a worthy replacement is found for Cornish's Chair of Dance. Dr. Victoria Watts is a dance educator, notator, scholar and activist whose professional engagements have spanned Europe, North America, and Australia. Along with her degrees, she also is certified to Advanced level in Labanotation and Benesh Movement Notation.

Dr.Victoria Watts has been selected as chair of the Dance Department. She will replace Chair of Dance Kathryn “Kitty” Daniels, who is retiring in May after 29 years at Cornish. “We’re all sa...

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Scholastic Writing Award Winners Featured at Cornish Event

This year, Cornish acted as host for this region’s Scholastic Writing Awards, the happy results can be experienced Sunday, April 12, in the Microsoft Auditorium at the Seattle Public Library.

“Rejection letters smell like rusty nails and gas station bathrooms. They taste like stale saliva that you choke on when you wake up at four thirty in the morning for tennis team,” writes Scholast...

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Grand Hotel Ready to Open at the Playhouse

The latest of the popular spring musical offerings from the Theater and Performance Production departments at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, Grand Hotel is hours away from opening.

The concentration is intense: there are mere hours left to get the production elements right and the actors' cues tight before Grand Hotel opens 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 8. It's a big show. The mus...

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Terpsichore’s Landing, Poised to Make Its Mark

Cornish dance student Miranda Chantelois '17 delves into the inspiration behind Cornish's Terpsichore’s Landing and reveals what this year's crop of student choreographers and performers have planned for the April 5 performances at Kerry Hall.

When Rebecca Smedley first started Terpsichore’s Landing (a.k.a. Terps) in 1998, she was a sophomore dance student with a determinable spark, intent on presenting her own choreographic work bef...

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Main Campus Center
1000 Lenora Street, Seattle, WA

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Main Gallery
1000 Lenora Street, Seattle, WA

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Cornish Playhouse Studio
201 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109

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Kerry Hall
710 Harvard Avenue East, Seattle, WA

12:00 am

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Cornish Commons at 9th Avenue

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Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA

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Cornish Playhouse Studio
201 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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PONCHO at Kerry Hall
710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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The Royal Room

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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PONCHO at Kerry Hall
710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA