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Summer at Cornish

Summer at Cornish gives students the opportunity to create artwork, work with talented faculty, make friends, and get a true taste of college life. Cornish has a uniquely urban location that brings with it a responsibility to create a safe environment for summer students under the age of 18. We take that responsibility very seriously.

Photo by Jenny Linquist.

Photo by Winnie Westergard.

Summer at Cornish is oriented toward creative, focused, independent young people. Students must take initiative both in and outside of the classroom, and attendance in all classes is critical to the successful completion of the program. While supervision will be firmly in place, parents and students seeking a highly sheltered environment should consider this program carefully before applying.

Student Conduct

Cornish maintains a zero tolerance policy for all illegal activities, including possession or use of drugs or alcohol, or firearms, whether on or off the Cornish campus. Housing students must abide by the policies included in the Housing Contract. At the discretion of the College, any student in violation of policies or otherwise creating an unsafe or unproductive climate may result in such sanctions as a warning or immediate dismissal.


Summer at Cornish coursework will be intensive and rigorous, both physically and intellectually. Students will be expected to work at a quick clip to create multiple works for exhibition or performance. The fruits of their labor will be important to the development of the emerging artist as well as the college portfolio. Students are expected to arrive to all classes on time and attendance is critical. If an emergency presents itself and the student will be absent or tardy, he or she is encouraged to call the Summer Program Manager.

Student Supervision in the Classroom

Summer at Cornish strives to create a rigorous pre-college creative learning experience for young people. Faculty are oriented to the culture of the college and have been selected, in part, for their ability to challenge and nurture young minds. While most learning will take place in the Cornish studios, the College believes in the importance of experiential education and some faculty may have their students working in the urban environment taking photographs, drawing, and gathering inspiration. In these instances, they will be accompanied by the faculty member or traveling in small groups.