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Applicants seeking admission to the Visual Art, Design +Media program must present a portfolio for review. You are encouraged to present your portfolio in person, either on campus during a scheduled review, or to the Cornish representative at any of the National Portfolio Days that Cornish attends. We are also able to review your work online.

We aim to attract enthusiastic and motivated students who have chosen to accept the challenge of working across different media and practices and have a strong desire to learn.

Your portfolio should be organized so that it presents a clear visual representation of your recent artistic production.  We encourage a wide variety of mediums, such as time-based media (video/film/sound), 2D, 3D and web based works.  Your portfolio should contain between 10 and 20 examples of work that you feel represents your artistic ability, creativity and curiosity.  We also encourage submitting examples of your sketchbook, process book, reflective journals, blogs and other items that would help inform us of your creative process and areas of interests.  It is important that you choose to bring what best represents you.  At the interview you will be asked to say something about your work, the thinking behind it, and the influences on your artistic practice.


Your portfolio should contain from 10–20 works, all completed within the last 2 years.  Where appropriate, your portfolio should include some drawings from observation (made from direct observation rather than from imagination or photographs). 


Portfolio reviews can occur on our Seattle campus Monday through Friday by appointment.  Call 800-726-ARTS to arrange for an in-person portfolio review.
In addition, Cornish representatives travel to many of the National Portfolio Days around the country.  This is a great opportunity to meet members of the Cornish community who will be able to review your work and assist you with your application.  A full list of National Portfolio Days and details on event times and locations can be found here. Cornish will be attending the following portfolio days:

  • September 27 Denver, Colorado
  • October 5 Dallas, Texas
  • October 11 L os Angeles, California
  • October 12 Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • October 18 Milwaukie, Wisconsin
  • October 19 Chicago, Illinois
  • November 9 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • November 15 Purchase, New York
  • November 16 New York, New York
  • December 6 Phoenix, Arizona
  • December 6 Vancouver, B.C.
  • December 7 Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • January 10 Seattle, WA
  • January 11 Portland, Oregon
  • January 17 San Francisco, California
  • January 18 San Diego, California
  • January 24 Miami, Florida
  • January 25 Sarasota, Florida


We strongly encourage you to make every effort to present your portfolio in person. However, if distance prevents an in-person review, portfolios can be uploaded at


All applicants to the Visual Art, Design & Media program are required to have their portfolio uploaded onto the Cornish Slideroom portal before a final admission decision can be made.


Studio Art and Design credits completed at other colleges will be evaluated for transfer credits by the Registrar’s office.  Entrance and placement into the Visual Art, Design & Media program is dependent on a portfolio review.