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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Cornish Graduate Mary Lambert Receives SAMHSA Special Recognition Award

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and singer/songwriter Mary Lambert uses her art year round to help those dealing childhood trauma and bipolar disorder.

Cornish graduate Mary Lambert ‘11 joined U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for...

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ALL RISE and Cornish Present Molly Dilworth Talk

Brooklyn-based artist Molly Dilworth comes to Cornish to talk on her large-scale earthwork, "2124 Miles," in downtown Seattle.

​Someday the empty lot bounded by Denny Way, Pontius Avenue, and John Street in downtown Seattle will crackle with high-voltage electricity, but for a while a gentler power will take hold there. On...

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Cornish Centennial Commencement

On May 9, Cornish College of the Arts held commencement exercises in its Centennial year, with remarks by President Nancy J. Uscher, Anne Bogart, Liz Lerman, and senior Kendra Lee.

Commencement exercises in the plainest of times are occasions for a redolent mixture of reflection and introspection with a dash of augury; for a college in the midst of its 100th year, this is parti...

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Cornish Prep Dance Lights Up Spring with “Variance”

The dancers of the Cornish Preparatory Dance Company, with guest performances by Cornish dance majors, bring the choreography of Limón, Maxwell, and more to the stage of Seattle's Broadway Performance Hall.

The Preparatory Dance Program has long been a vital aspect of dance education at Cornish. The quality work of the young dancers in the program will be on display in Variance, May 16-17 on Capitol Hill...

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Black Box and Dhrupad Days Lead Off Busy Cornish Festival Season

Summer is festival time in Seattle, and Cornish has a film festival, a music festival, a dance festival, and a theater festival happening on campus this summer. This month, the Indian classical music festival, Dhrupad Days,starts at PONCHO while experimental film festival Black Box 2.0 plays at Raisbeck and the Main Gallery.

​May blooms forth, the sun lingers on into the night, and in Seattle, it’s festival season. By the time summer ends, all sorts of arts and cultural “fests” will have take place across the city...

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Main Campus Center
1000 Lenora Street, Seattle, WA

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Main Gallery
1000 Lenora Street, Seattle, WA

Raisbeck Performance Hall
2015 Boren Avenue, Seattle, WA

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Raisbeck Performance Hall
2015 Boren Avenue, Seattle, WA

7:00 pm

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

Cornish Playhouse Studio
201 Mercer Street Seattle, WA 98109

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