“It has been a pleasure to watch my daughter develop as an artist during her time at Cornish. She chose to move from her native New York City to attend a school that offered a strong foundation year where she could explore all mediums and venues. As so much work in the contemporary art field today is interdisciplinary, Cornish provides its students the tools to excel in multiple arenas. In addition, studying with students in the performing arts offers opportunities for fine arts majors to expanding their focus into the wide breath of what contemporary artists address today.” Barry Friedman (NYC Gallerist)
Four Years at a Glance
Year 1: Explore
As a freshman in the Foundations program, you engage in learning to read visual languages and explore art practices through the intersection of studio, critical & contextual studies and humanities & sciences. In this year you will rotate through and explore open access resource labs, learning to situate work “within process” and learning to value process itself as “the work”.
The focus is on building technical, practical, rhetorical, and conceptual skills so that you can broaden your experience, challenge yourself and work outside your comfort zone. Year 1 is a time in which you will expand your awareness, develop experiential knowledge, and start to identify where your interests lie.
Year 2: Know and Understand
In the sophomore year, you will build on your exploratory first year and continue to identify key areas of interest. This is the time when you start to develop agency and ownership of your own artistic choices: media, methodologies, processes, and materials to understand what is means to structure a practice. The acquisition of skills continues within the context of your experimentation. Many students prefer to specialize while others embrace cross-disciplinary approaches. The program enables and supports this diversity.
The contextual, historical, critical, and cultural studies component of your education continues throughout the four years, in the recognition that the line between making and thinking is always permeable.
Year 3: Analyze, Evaluate, Apply
The junior year defines and establishes your emergent practice. You will extend and develop your work through an informed relationship between content, context, and audience. The spectrum of technique, practical application and research is fluid, and you will identify your place within this exchange. This is a time of self-directed practice, inquiry-led research and writing, and the further development of your critical skills.
This is normally the year that students choose to study abroad, compete for participation in the New York Studio Residency Program, or take part in the AICAD Mobility Program.
Year 4: Synthesize and Disseminate
As a senior you will consolidate your learning and experience towards an authored practice concluding with a public outcome at the end of the year. This is the time when you will propose, develop, and realize a body of work, accompanied by critical writing.
You will participate in cross-disciplinary critiques and reviews. Professional practice will be embedded in your studies and you will apply these skills throughout the year, via networking, commissions, self-promotion and related writing. Your time at Cornish culminates in the BFA exhibition, a widely attended event for the Seattle community. This is both a point of departure and commencement.
ART MODEL PROGRAM
Model Programs are updated at the beginning of each academic year. This PDF
contains the current year’s model programs for this program. Students should refer to the model program that was in effect for the year and term of their entrance to Cornish. View archived catalogs and model programs.
Course descriptions are updated at the beginning of each academic year. This PDF
contains the current year’s course descriptions for this program. For previous years, please refer to the online archive of catalogs
All incoming students (Fall 2015) will need to purchase a laptop and software before the start of classes. Provided below is a list for you to make sure you have everything you will need.
In order to redeem the education discount you can either take your Cornish Student ID with you to an Apple store, or you can purchase directly through the Apple online store.
If you have already invested in a different system or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Resource Lab Manager.
The BFA at Cornish is designed to give students the diverse and flexible skills necessary to open up potential directions for a future life in fine art, which could include: research at the postgraduate level (MFA); or becoming a professional artist, filmmaker, project manager, studio manager, fabricator, animator, curator, writer, printer, photographer, arts administrator, publisher, educator, technical instructor, preparator, producer, picture/archive researcher; working in public art contexts, museums, or working in the areas of digital imaging, production and post-production, web authoring, new media production ... just to name a few.