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Extension Programs

Students of any age can experience life at Cornish College of the Arts while
participating in art, dance, design, film, interdisciplinary or dance classes.

Summer at Cornish
attracts both local and international students to the college’s campus in downtown Seattle each July and August. Annually, approximately 500 students attend this program, either living on campus or commuting from home.

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Preparatory Dance
offers year long classes to students age 4 to 18 with individualized instruction given by established educators who are knowledgeable in their field. Students discover their individual creativity within traditional discipline integral to the art form of dance.

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Courses by Discipline

Art + Design

Summer at Cornish’s Art & Design program offers a rigorous pre-college program and a number of studio experiences.


The Cornish dance program offers focused dance training for students ranging in age from 3.5 to adult in the fall and spring through our Preparatory Dance and in the summer through our Summer Dance program.

Interdisciplinary Explorations

Summer at Cornish Interdisciplinary Explorations are for students who want to explore a variety of art forms.


Summer at Cornish’s music program is a series of one or two-week intensive workshops designed for musicians ages 12 to adult.

Courses by Age

Children 3.5 - 6

Courses for Children

Summer at Cornish provides educational opportunities in movement and dance for students ages 3.5-6.

Classes are taught by exemplary dance educators who are also practicing dancers, with additional support provided by undergraduate students from Cornish College of the Arts.

Class sizes are limited to facilitate individualized and sequential instruction. These three-day to one-week intensives focus on basics for building technique and strengthening and learning about dance alignment. Dancers also explore their individual creativity through basic composition, improvisation classes and acting. Live music and the interaction of movement and rhythm is a strong component of our children’s intensives.

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Youth 7 - 13

Courses for Youth

Designed for students ages 7-13, Summer at Cornish youth programs explore dance, theater, art and design and music.

Classes are taught by leading experts with additional support provided by undergraduate students from Cornish College of the Arts.

Class sizes are limited to facilitate individualized instruction. These four-day to two-week intensives focus on the basics for building a vocabulary and technique, as well as learning to work with others in a collaborative capacity. 

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Pre-College 14 - 18

Courses for Pre-College

Summer at Cornish Pre-College Programs offers a variety of one to four-week opportunities in visual, performing and communication arts for students 14-18.

The Pre-College Programs provides an intense education for students who want to acquire and improve technique at a rapid pace. Our experienced faculty nurtures the whole student in a healthy, encouraging environment while working with them to understand and become prepared for the level of expectations at an arts college. Simultaneously, faculty guide students to think creatively and work collaboratively, so class sizes are limited and faculty instruction is typically supplemented with additional support provided by undergraduate students from Cornish College of the Arts.

Students attending the Pre-College Programs will create audition and portfolio pieces and many programs allow students to earn college credit. Cornish also offers a dynamic residential experience in the heart of the city for Pre-College students ages 14 to 18 years. 

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Adults 18+

Courses for Adults

For nearly 100 years, Cornish College of the Arts has prepared students to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. At Cornish, we believe that generative work is life-enhancing and sustaining — at all ages, and that learning is truly a lifelong endeavor. Summer at Cornish's programs for adults offers opportunities for the creative mind age 18+, including Washington state-approved clock hour workshop for certified teachers.

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Extension Programs: Auditions

Several Summer at Cornish dance and music programs require an audition for admission or placement.

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Extension Programs: Scholarships

Cornish Extension Programs is committed to making our courses available to youth ages 3 ½ TO 18 who demonstrate artistic and academic promise, financial need, and interest in the program by offering modest scholarship assistance (certain programs are restricted to youth ages 14 – 18, please see specific program for more information).

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Extension Programs: Policies

Summer at Cornish provides a safe and healthy environment for learning and artistic growth.

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Extension Programs: FAQ

Looking for more information about Extension Program classes, parking, housing or payment? Answers to general questions below.

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Extension Programs: Check-in

Once you've registered and received your course confirmation, you may be interested in finding out more information.

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Extension Programs: Student Conduct

The well-being of the Summer at Cornish community depends upon the good judgment and considerate behavior of it members.

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Contact Us

Extensions Program
Main Campus Center
Floor 7
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