Apply for Admission FAQ

What degrees and majors do you offer?

  • BFA in Art: Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video and Digital Media
  • BFA in Dance: Choreography, Performance, Teaching
  • BFA in Design: Graphic Design, Motion Design, User Design
  • BFA in Interior Architecture:  Interior Design, Industrial/Object Design, Environmental Design, Lighting Design, Material and Construction Technology
  • BFA in Performance Production: Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Costume Design, Sound Design, Stage Management, Technical Direction
  • BFA in Theater: Acting, Original Works (directing /playwriting), Musical Theater
  • BFA in Film: Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Experimental Works
  • Bachelor of Music: Composition, Instrumental, Vocal

Students apply and complete an audition/portfolio review for one major area of study at the time of application..

When does the school year start?

  • Fall Semester 2018 begins September 4, 2018
  • Spring Semester 2019 begins January 14, 2019
  • Fall Semester 2019 begins September 3, 2019

Is Cornish accredited?

Cornish College of the Arts is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) .

How can I get an application packet and Viewbook?

Request a Viewbook here or call us at 800-726-ARTS.

How do I schedule a campus tour?

To schedule a campus tour, click on Visit Campus or call the Office of Admission at 800-726-ARTS

Do you have a graduate program?

At this time Cornish does not offer any post-baccalaureate programs.

Do you accept transfer credits from other colleges?

Cornish accepts transfer credit from accredited two- and four-year colleges. College-level, non-remedial course work graded "C" or better from regionally accredited institutions will be considered for transfer at the time a transfer student applies for admission. A student may receive a maximum of 70 semester credits of humanities and sciences coursework and/or studio coursework to be applied toward a degree. Transfer credits will be determined in conjunction with the work shown during the portfolio review or audition. Transfer student applicants will receive formal notification of the transfer credits granted when they are admitted to the College. Learn more about applying as a transfer student.

What about credits from AP, IB, Running Start and Prior Learning?

Students may receive transfer credit from AP and IB exams as well as from Running Start and Prior Learning Experience. Click here for more details.

What should I know about applying to Cornish if I am a U.S. Military Veteran?

All of the academic programs at Cornish College of the Arts have been approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board’s State Approving Agency (HECB/SAA) for veterans who are eligible to receive veteran’s benefits under Title 38 and Title 10 of the U.S. Code. Veterans who want to attend Cornish should apply for admission and for their VA benefits simultaneously. Once admitted, new students should be prepared to accommodate a possible delay of at least two months between the start of the term and receipt of veteran’s benefits. Please visit the VA Benefits page for more information about using veteran’s education benefits at Cornish.

What are your admission requirements?

In addition to a successful audition or portfolio review, applicants will also be evaluated on their academic background, essay, letter of recommendation and application. All students must have graduated from high school with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4-point scale). A passing score on the GED will be accepted in lieu of a high school transcript.

Are the SAT or ACT required?

The SAT and ACT are not required, but we recommend that you take them. Test scores should be sent to us directly from the testing agency. Cornish’s SAT code is 0058 and our ACT code is 4501.

What is required during a portfolio review/audition?

See here for audition/portfolio requirements for a particular degree.

What is your application deadline?

December 1 - Early Action
Complete all parts of the application, including audition or portfolio review, by December 1 and receive admission decision by mid-December.

March 1 – Deadline extended!
Admission Decisions will be sent on a rolling basis as files are completed.

After March 1 -Rolling Admission
Applications will be considered after March 1, pending space availability.

How much is tuition?

Tuition and fees for the current academic year can be found here.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available for all eligible students. If you require financial aid, please submit the FAFSA Financial aid includes Federal grants, State grants, Student Loans and Work study. Parent Loans can also be added to a financial aid award to assist parents in paying for college expenses..

Are scholarships available?

Cornish College of the Arts offers scholarships to incoming and continuing students based on talent and talent/financial need. These scholarships range from 10% to 40% of tuition and can be combined with other financial assistance programs. We encourage you to expand your scholarship research outside the institution for additional funds

Do you have on-campus housing?

Cornish offers on-campus housing in our brand-new Cornish Commons. We also offer information and services to assist new and continuing students in finding off-campus housing and roommates.

What services do you have for students with disabilities?

Cornish College of the Arts endeavors to make its programs accessible to qualified students with disabilities (consistent with federal and state laws). See this link for more information.

How does Cornish fit into Seattle’s culture and community?

Seattle is a great city for the emerging artist. Seattle’s thriving arts community will fuel your creativity and expose you to a wealth of new experiences. You’ll also find a culture that is hungry for new ideas and that supports the work Cornish students are producing. Our campus is in the heart of downtown Seattle and in proximity to the entire arts community.

Do you have a non-degree program if I just want to take a class or two?

Cornish offers a limited selection of non-matriculated or non-degree-seeking classes. These classes can usually be taken without an audition or portfolio review. Students can take these classes for college credit or simply for experience. Contact the Office of Registration & Records for more information regarding course schedules, registration times and dates.

Do you have a summer program classes?

Visit out Summer@Cornish section learn more.