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 Playhouse Offers Space To Create

The Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator program offers local artists a place to create and collaborate. The Changeling Project, part of the 2014/15 Arts Incubator, will be open to the public on Thursday, July 2. Creators Adriana Camoy and Charles McCall invite their audience to enjoy a combination of dance and poetry, then give feedback on their work-in-progress.

In a city where the space to create is hard to find, Cornish Playhouse offers artists interested in collaborations a little room to grow. The Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator program is open to any...

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Nicolella Discusses CDs and Concerts

Faculty member Michael Nicolella teaches classical guitar at Cornish College of the Arts. With wide-ranging interests, his solo concert and recording career has garnered great reviews from the New York Times and Washington Post, among others. His own articles on performing Bach appeared in Guitar Player this spring.

Guitarist/composer Tom Baker (Cornish’s interim chair of music) and guitarist/composer Michael Nicolella (Cornish faculty member) not only work together at Kerry Hall but also find their musical car...

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Cornish@Amazon Summer Outdoor Concert Series Returns

What happens when you mix the campus of an Internet giant with the campus of an arts college? For the third consecutive summer, you get a free, open-air music series. The Cornish@Amazon concert series runs every Thursday from June 18 to Oct 1 at noon.

Cornish College of the Arts’ popular free summer concert series returned to Van Vorst Plaza today. The series kicked off with Judd Wasserman ’08.   A musician living in Seattle, he has been s...

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Cornish Joins New MOOC Site Aimed At The Arts

Cornish College of the Arts is one of the initial educational partners of Kadenze.com, an online learning platform specifically built for the arts and creative technologies.

Open to learners anywhere in the world, Kadenze.com launched on June 16 with “Introduction to Graphic Illustration,” a "MOOC" (Massive Open Online Course) from Cornish College of th...

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Cornish Alumni Share Kudos for SIFF Audience Favorite Documentary

Success for Cornish grads in award-winning documentary "Even the Walls": the Film + Media program is brand new, but the success of our alumni is a reminder that Cornish has been active in the field for a good long while.

​The film, Even the Walls, selected for showing at the Seattle Film Festival (SIFF) threw light on the gentrification of Yessler Terrace. The long-time public housing development in Seattle faces ex...

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