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Corcoran College of Art and Design


Corcoran College of Art and Design

Focused on the idea of direct and intensely creative education, the Corcoran College of Art + Design is the only accredited college of art and design in the museum and college-rich environment of Washington, DC. It is also one of the only art schools in the country fully integrated with a world-class museum. The Corcoran's vibrant and active community includes more than 600 talented degree students pursuing a wide range of associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in the visual arts, design, and art education.

Students benefit from intimate classes and lots of personal attention from highly accomplished faculty members, most of whom are leading professionals in their fields. As one of the nation's top colleges of art and design, the Corcoran prepares students for exciting careers at some of the most prestigious companies, galleries, and design firms in the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, Apple, Harper's Bazaar, Knoll, MTV, DWR, Tiffany & Co., Gensler, Conde Nast, PBS, MoMA, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and hundreds of others.

Top Reasons to Attend the Corcoran:

1. Intimate Classes and Personal Attention

Our classes are small and students receive lots of one-on-one instruction in a hands-on environment.

2. Highly Accomplished Faculty

Classes at the Corcoran are taught by an impressive faculty - leading professionals in their fields.

3. Incredible Internship and Career Opportunities

The Corcoran prepares students for exciting careers at some of the most prestigious companies, galleries, and design firms in the world.

4. The D.C. Advantage

The nation's capital is a city where leading creative minds and influential organizations work, play, and mingle. The unrivaled cultural and artistic landscape boasts not only world-class museums and concert halls but a thriving gallery and club scene to nourish artistic spirits of all kinds.

5. A World-Class Museum

The Corcoran gives students the opportunity to display their work in a world-class museum visited by tens of thousands of people every year.

6. An Affordable Art and Design Education

In addition to making the process of determining how to fund your education as easy as possible, we offer comprehensive merit scholarships, need-based financial aid, student loans, and Yellow Ribbon benefits for eligible students.

7. Study Abroad & Visiting Semester Opportunities

The College is known for its exciting summer study abroad opportunities. The Mobility Program provides an opportunity for students to study at other leading art colleges across the world.

8. Big plans for the Future

The College is expanding, and our students have the opportunity to be part of the excitement. New majors, new facilities, and a dynamic environment make the Corcoran a very exciting place to be.

Corcoran College of Art + Design -- Focused on Personalized Creative Education

The Corcoran College of Art + Design is a private institution focused on the idea of direct and intensely creative education. Students are encouraged to use art as a guide for questioning, exploring, and critiquing the world around them.

As the only art school in the country that is fully integrated with a world-class museum, Corcoran's undergraduate students culminate their studies with an exhibition in the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Students have found internships and career opportunities at many prestigious locations, including American Red Cross, National Geographic, National Public Radio, the Smithsonian Institution, and "The Washington Post."

Corcoran College of Art + Design is known for its culturally diverse, intensive study abroad opportunities, including international programs in El Salvador, India, Israel, Mexico, Nicaragua, Scotland, and other foreign countries.

Degree Programs Offer Small Classes with Huge Opportunities

Corcoran College of Art + Design offers small classes with huge opportunities. The intensely creative, intimate classes offer personal attention from the College's highly accomplished faculty of practicing artists. Students benefit from the surrounding museums, universities, and attractions, as well as the vibrant contemporary arts scene and unique experience of attending a college of this size, caliber, and location.

Corcoran offers students the option to pursue an associate's degree, bachelor's degree, or master's degree, as well as a number of continuing education and certificate programs.

A Unique First Year Experience

The Corcoran's first year experience, titled "Your First Year at the Corcoran," offers an integrated, interdisciplinary experience focused on discovery, independence, and community with 1-on-1 advising that helps students decide their best courses of study. The program is guided by a number of fluencies, including in the areas of civic, co-curricular, critical, cultural, digital, spatial, and visual fluencies.

Offering the Associate of Fine Arts in 3 Specializations

Corcoran offers an Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) in Design, Fine Art, or Photography degree program. The A.F.A. degree program is known for its individualized advising that takes into account a student's personal ambitions and preferences in order to prepare them for careers in the creative economy or to transition into a 4-year program, specifically Corcoran's B.F.A. degree program. The 60-credit program may be completed full-time over 2 years, or part-time over a longer period.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Programs in a Wide Range of Fields

Corcoran offers 6 Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree programs.

The B.F.A. in Fine Art degree program is a multidisciplinary program that emphasizes creative problem solving and technical facility while allowing students to sample a wide range of electives.

The B.F.A. in Interior Design degree program addresses both commercial and residential design, along with the essentials of the history of art and design, in order to help students achieve expertise in the field.

The B.F.A. in Digital Media Design degree program engages students in an immersive educational experience in animation, design, design history, interactive design, and motion graphics.

The B.F.A. in Graphic Design degree program uses state-of-the-art hardware and software to provide skills in the fundamentals of design, form, image, and typography.

The B.F.A. in Fine Art Photography degree program allows students to develop artistic and technical skills in tandem, according to their interests, in both traditional darkrooms and through digital photography and video.

The B.F.A. in Photojournalism degree program is considered one of the most innovative in the nation, and includes components of fine art, technical and professional skills, and instruction from a faculty of working photographers.

Bachelor's Program in Art Studies

The B.A. in Art Studies degree program is designed for students interested in visual arts who excel in additional academic areas, including art history, cultural and media theory, literature, and writing.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching Program

The Corcoran also offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching (B.F.A./M.A.T.) dual-degree program.

The rigorous, 5-year B.F.A./M.A.T in Art Education degree program allows students to pursue both degrees from the start of their studies. Students each complete a teaching internship and a research thesis, and graduates are prepared for licensure requirements in D.C. and surrounding areas.

Financial Aid Opportunities for Students at Corcoran College of Art + Design

The financial aid office at Corcoran College of Art + Design helps students make their personalized Corcoran educations affordable through a combination of institutional grants and merit scholarships, federal and state aid, and tuition payment plans. Institutional awards include the Corcoran College of Art + Design merit scholarship program and Corcoran Grant.

2 Locations in the Heart of Washington, D.C.

Corcoran College of Art + Design has 2 campus locations in Washington, D.C. The downtown campus is located within the historic building that houses the Corcoran Gallery of Art, just a block from the White House. The Georgetown campus was opened in the 1990s; renowned artist and photographer William Wegman was largely responsible for its development.

The 2 Corcoran campuses are within walking distance of a variety of dining, entertainment, and shopping options. In addition, the greater D.C. area offers limitless opportunities for artistic, cultural, social, and professional growth, including 65 museums, monuments, and other cultural resources. The city serves for many students as an extended campus that offers rewarding volunteer, internship, and job opportunities.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Certificates, Associate, Bachelor&Apos;S, And Master&Apos;S
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programsphotojournalismvisual And Performing Artsart; Design And Visual Communications; Digital Arts; Fine/Studio Arts; Graphic Design; Interior Design; Photography


Admission: 609 applied; 189 admitted; 49 enrolled Average high school GPA: 3.1

Options: electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred entrance
Application fee: $45
Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 GPA, portfolio
Required for some: essay or personal statement, 1 letter of recommendation, interview
Recommended: essay or personal statement, minimum 3 GPA, 1 letter of recommendation, interview
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen), rolling (transfers)
Notification: continuous until 3/15 (freshmen), 12/15 (early action), continuous until 3/15 (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
386 Undergraduate Students, 68% Women, 32% Men, 8% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
10% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 8% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 10% Hispanic/Latino, 0.5% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 0.5% Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 2% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 8% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
6% Representing 32 Other Countries
Housing Info
20% Live On Campus

Campus Life

Coed, Campus Housing Is Leased By The School. Freshman Applicants Given Priority For College Housing
Student Activities Programming Board, American Society Of Interior Designers, National Art Education Association, Corcoran Student Council, Society Of Environmental Designers
Most popular organizations
Student Activities Programming Board, American Society Of Interior Designers, National Art Education Association, Corcoran Student Council, Society Of Environmental Designers
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Controlled Dormitory Access, ID Check At All Entrances
Student services
Personal/Psychological Counseling
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Academic Remediation For Entering Students, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditunusual Degree Programs: 3-2 BFA/MAT Art Educationschool Calendar: Semesters


Total: 214Full-Time: 12% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 10 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Comprehensive fee:$44,280 includes full-time tuition ($30,930), mandatory fees ($200), and room and board ($13,150). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, degree level, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. Part-time tuition: $998 per credit hour. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, degree level, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level
Required fees:$998 per credit hour part-time, $200 part-time
Room and board:college room only: $10,650
Payment plans:installment, deferred payment
Waivers:employees or children of employees

Financial Aid




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