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Corcoran College of Art and Design

  • Washington, DC
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 68%32%
    student ratio
  • 386
    total students
  • $30,930 | $30,930
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 31%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
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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.

Location & Contact

500 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006-4804
United States

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Photojournalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Digital Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Visual Communications
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photography
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


31% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied609
    • Accepted189
    • Acceptance Rate31%
    • Enrolled386
    • Female Applicants452
    • Females Accepted142
    • Female Acceptance Rate31%
    • Male Applicants157
    • Males Accepted47
    • Male Acceptance Rate29%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
    • Required for Some Essay or personal statement
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.10
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen March 15th Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer March 15th Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$30,930
    • Out-of-state tuition *$30,930
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$200.00
    • Room and board *$13,150.00
    • Room only *$10,650.00
    • * 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 offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students386
    • Male Student Percentage32%
    • Female Student Percentage68%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino9.59%
    • Black or African American10.36%
    • White or Caucasian55.18%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.52%
    • Asian8.03%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.52%
    • Two or more races2.07%
    • Unknown7.77%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout5.96% representing 32 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students79% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 20%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group No
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups No
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic No
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • 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 and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other ID check at all entrances


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty214
    • Full-time Percentage12%
    • Part-time Percentage88%
    • Female Percentage63%
    • Male Percentage37%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio10:1 or 307 students to 73 faculty



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