Apply for Admission

Admission to Cornish is selective. We look for students with passion for their art form and interest in developing both their creative and technical skills. Personal contact is an important aspect of our admission process. We recommend that, if possible, all applicants visit our campus and talk with an Admission Counselor during the admission process. Your visit with us will enable you to ask questions about Cornish, as well as provide you with useful insights about the audition and review process. The more we are able to learn about you and your artistic vision and ambition, the better we are able to provide you with the information you need to make the right educational choice for your artistic future. We are always on the lookout for students who are passionate about their creative practice. We look forward to reviewing your application in the near future.

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline: February 1, 2015 - $40 Application Fee if you apply on or before February 1

Rolling Admission through August 1, 2015 - $60 Application Fee if you apply after February 1

Application Instructions

Thank you for applying to Cornish College of the Arts!

  • Read our Application Checklist before beginning the application process.
  • Read all instructions carefully before starting your application.
  • You will be asked to create a secure account with a unique username and password.
  • Please store this information in a safe place.

Confirmation Email

After you have submitted your online application, you will receive a confirmation email including a checklist to remind you which additional documents you will need to mail to us. (Please print this list for future reference.) If you do not receive this confirmation page, please contact the Office of Admission as soon as possible.

Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

Once your application and all documents have been submitted, we will contact you to schedule your audition or portfolio review.

Application for Artist Diploma in Early Music

Applicants for the post-graduate Artist Diploma in Early Music must have completed a Bachelor of Music degree or its equivalent.

To begin the application process, complete the Early Music Application Form. This is the only application you will need to complete. You do not need to complete the online application required of those seeking admission to Cornish’s undergraduate program. The application form for the next academic year can be found here.


Next you will need to submit audio or video recordings of three representative selections, totaling no more than 15 minutes. These audition submissions should demonstrate your artistry and proficiency on your primary instrument or voice. Review of pre-screening auditions will begin January 1. Students submitting auditions after January 1 will be reviewed in the order received and invited to the  live\ auditions on a space available basis. The program will not accept CDs, DVDs, or videotapes for review. As part of the online submission process, you will be asked to upload:

~ A completed application form including a brief statement stating the reasons you are applying to the program.
~ A current resume or CV

~ An optional headshot (for singers)

Resumes and CVs should be formatted in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files and headshot photos as standard JPEG files.


Should you be invited to a live audition at Cornish, you will be required to perform up to three selections for the faculty. All auditions are conducted on the Cornish campus at Kerry Hall, 710 East Roy St., Seattle, WA 98102. An accompanist will be provided to you at no charge. Please let us know in advance what your repertoire will be and provide copies of the music for our faculty accompanist.


All applicants for admission to the Artist Diploma program will be notified of a final admission decision approximately one month after their live audition.