Why Cornish

If you are passionate, disciplined and motivated in your art, Cornish College of the Arts is the right place for you. 

We’re looking for students of all ages who have the potential to succeed and grow artistically, personally and professionally in our Bachelor of Fine Art and Bachelor of Music programs. Cornish College of the Arts is the premier accredited arts college in the Northwest. Come to Cornish to dream, to explore, to discover more about yourself as an artist. We’ll provide you with the tools and the community to grow your skills and expand your perspective. Here’s how:


Cornish faculty are world-class working professional artists. They are actively involved in the Seattle arts community and beyond. They are teachers, but because they are also working artists, they are exceptional mentors. They can help you bridge your artistic career from that of a student to that of a fully engaged working artist.


At Cornish, you’ll be surrounded by practicing artists 24/7. That’s what we’re all about. Faculty,students and even staff are all involved with the visual and performing arts. We are a community of artists. We understand your passion for your art and we all work together to create an environment where you can succeed. We’re here for you.


Seattle is a great city in which to be a young emerging artist. Seattle’s thriving arts community can help fuel your creativity by exposing you to a wealth of new experiences. You’ll also find a culture that is hungry for new ideas and that supports the work that Cornish students are producing. Our main campus location, in the heart of downtown Seattle, gives you proximity and easy access to the entire arts community.


At Cornish, we place great emphasis on helping you find your own distinctive, artistic voice. We give you the fundamental tools and techniques, but what you do with them is really up to you. We want you to graduate with an individual artistic vision in place. So you will be encouraged to create work that is uniquely your own.

Learn More About Cornish

We encourage you to use our website to investigate Cornish in-depth. You’ll also find detailed information here about how to apply for admission. Request our Viewbook or other materials online.

If at anytime you have questions do not hesitate to contact the Admission Office at 800.726.ARTS