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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The Clown Show: Who’s Laughing Now?

There’s only two more performances of a Cornish classic, The Clown Show; hurry and see how stars like Lady Rizo and Jinkx Monsoon honed their craft.

What are the most amazing things that Jinkx Monsoon and Lady Rizo have in common? OK, 1) they’re two of the biggest, most gorgeous divas in New York and, increasingly, on the world stage; 2) they se...

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What’s Your Game?

Student designers in Systems Communication make the study communication within sociological structures fun by redesigning games.

Educators know what every kitten and puppy knows: play teaches. Consider a kitten batting a ball around your kitchen floor. It is play, but it’s more than that. What you’re seeing is a growing ca...

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Anne Bogart Selected As Commencement Speaker

As announced in March, author and award-winning theater and opera director Anne Bogart will address Cornish’s seniors during the 2015 Commencement on May 9 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center. President Nancy J. Uscher will award honorary degrees to Bogart and to choreographer and McArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Liz Lerman. In addition, this year’s Distinguished Recent Alumni Awards will go to Jerick Hoffer and Richard Andriessen and the Distinguished Alumni Award will go to Kent Devereaux.

Many Cornish theater majors already know the work of award-winning stage/opera director and author Anne Bogart. Her methods and many books on finding the moment in acting are standard fare in that dep...

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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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Main Campus Center
1000 Lenora Street, Seattle, WA

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Main Gallery
1000 Lenora Street, Seattle, WA

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Cornish Playhouse Studio
201 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109

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Raisbeck Performance Hall
2015 Boren Avenue, Seattle, WA

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Raisbeck Performance Hall
2015 Boren Avenue, Seattle, WA

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Cornish Playhouse Studio
201 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109

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

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

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

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The Chapel