Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts

Seattle is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, driven by companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

Founded by Nellie Cornish before she could vote, Cornish is one of the few colleges on the planet that exists for both the Visual and Performing Arts.  Cornish creates art amidst the wild beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and now Washington State has one of the strongest artistic communities in the USA.


Study Dance, Design, Animation, Music, Art, Film, Production, UX, Theater, Interior Architecture, Illustration, Game Arts, Object Design and Musical Theater in a city exploding with opportunity.

Academic Programs

  • Art & Design
  • Communication
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Film
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Veteran Fee Waiver

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines

First-year

Apply via the Common Application, then submit your online artist portfolio (visual arts) or online audition (performing arts) directly to Cornish for no extra fee.  Cornish does not use SlideRoom.  Visit cornish.edu/admissions for more information!

Early Action Deadline: December 1
Regular Decision Deadline:  February 15 (rolling admission after Feb 15, if space is available)

Cornish supports all aspiring artists, regardless of your background.  If your high school doesn't offer help in creating a portfolio or audition, contact Cornish today to speak with a student or alumni who can help you for free.

Transfer

Apply via the Common Application, then submit your online artist portfolio (visual arts) or online audition (performing arts) directly to Cornish for no extra fee.  Visit cornish.edu/admissions for more information!

Spring Semester Deadline: December 1
Regular Decision Deadline:  February 15 (rolling admission after Feb 15, if space is available)

Transfer students should note that Cornish offers BFA and BM degrees - professional degrees in the performing and visual arts.  For transfer students who have completed their general education requirements, we offer transfer-only BA degrees that allow you to finish in just two years.  Contact Cornish for more information!

Additional Information

Cornish awards over $4 million every year in both need-based and merit-based scholarships.

Apply by February 15 to receive priority consideration for scholarships!

Financial Aid counseling for grants, work/study and education loans is available to all families for free, regardless of your income or background.
 

Visit us

Visit downtown Seattle, one of the fastest growing cities in the country!

Campus tours are offered every weekday at 10am and 2pm.  We offer Open Houses on several weekends throughout the year.  Visit cornish.edu/visit-cornish for more information!

Customize your campus visit to sit in on classes in dance, music, painting, design and much more!  Contact Cornish Admissions to customize your visit.

Every artist of every race, gender identity and economic background is welcome at Cornish. Creative people are often bullied, and feel they have no place to go. We help find your creative voice and use it to change the world.

Ryan O'Mealey, Vice President, Student Affairs

Admissions office

Visit us

School location
Address

1000 Lenora St
Seattle, WA 98121, United States of America

Phone number

(206)726-2787

Region

West

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