Cornish Design puts you at the center of your own education. Create experiences or explore VR. Draw comics or hone your illustration techniques. Make posters and products and packaging and games, learn motion design, or design for social activism.


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Cornish Design represents the best and the brightest thinkers and makers in the Northwest. Seniors are working in areas including print, video, motion graphics and UX design and these exhibitions showcase the rich breadth and depth in vision of these innovative talents as demonstrated through the excellence of their craft.

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“The teachers at Cornish are working designers with real world experience. We had guest speakers, studio visits, and assignments that allowed us to network with other professionals in the design industry.”

Victor Mendez ’06

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Cornish in the News

Cornish College reduces tuition 20 percent


​Corinne Wheeler was on the bus commuting to the Cornish College of Arts when she opened her email and got the news: her tuition would be 20 percent cheaper next year.

“I was like, oh my god,” she said. “I was in shock. I sent a screenshot to my parents ... and they were freaking out about it.”

Cornish is now among an increasing number of private colleges and liberal arts schools that aren’t just freezing their tuition rates, but reducing them all together.

Meet the Designer Behind the Space Age Interiors That Will Soothe You


Design graduate Abby Dougherty captured national attention with her work as Neon Saltwater, including an installation at Barneys’ Los Angeles flagship store and a recent show at Winston Watcher Gallery in Seattle. Read about how she used Instagram to create an ever-growing global following, nominations to work alongside the world’s biggest fashion designers, and well-funded partners who are able to turn her imagined furnishings into reality.