Cornish College of the Arts

1000 Lenora Street, Seattle, Washington

Centered on a vibrant arts scene in downtown Seattle, Cornish offers an experience like no other in the visual and performing arts. A faculty of recognized artists engaged in important areas of practice and research encourages an understanding of the arts and their value to society. With a history of experimental, interdisciplinary work and an understanding of new media and technologies behind them, Cornish students are prepared for success. You will meet students from all over the country and the world who share your intensity and focus, artists in all disciplines: music, dance, theater, film, art, design and performance production. You’ll take classes with and receive individual attention and guidance from professional artists in your field. Everything you do at Cornish is intended to broaden the scope of your work and your interests, allowing you to be the most complete artist you can be. The College's students and alumni are a force for change in the community at large. Cornish artists start bands, found dance companies and form composers’ groups. They launch arts organizations, rent space and open galleries and design studios. They form performance collaborations that tour the world and the country. They are writing and producing plays and performance pieces. Deeply embedded in the community, Cornish believes in developing the complete student: “Artist, Citizen, Innovator.”

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, BMu
ACCREDITATION: NASAD, NWCCU
MAJORS OFFERED:

Acting*
Composition*
Costume Design*
Dance*
Digital Media*
Drawing *
Film + Media
Instrumental Music*
Interior Architecture*
Lighting Design*
Motion Design*

 

Painting*
Photography*
Print Art*
Scenic Design*
Sculpture*
Sound Design*
Stage Management*
Technical Direction*
Video Art*
Visual Communication Design *
Vocal Music*

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
Freshman engage in learning to read visual languages and explore art practices through the intersection of studio, critical & contextual studies and humanities & sciences in the Foundations program. Students rotate through and explore open access resource labs, learning to situate work “within process” and learning to value process itself as “the work”.


This program is Residential.

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2015-2016
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 0
MANDATORY FEES 0
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 0
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD N/A
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 0
OTHER
FINANCIAL AID 2014-2015 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $12,235 94%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 4,721 40%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 8,658 13%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 6,347 86%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $21,337
100% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 81%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 34%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 711

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 705
PART-TIME 15

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Required
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Not Required
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Recommended
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2015-2016

FACULTY FTE1 = 108

FULL-TIME 59
PART-TIME 130
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2015
6.58 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2013 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2014
84%
 
FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
82%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2008 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
50%
 
FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
55%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2015
64% FEMALE
36% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2015
OTHER PROGRAMS

Pre-College

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Cooperative Program with Pilchuck Glass School
Cooperative Program with The Film School in Seattle
Study Abroad
Extensive Internships
Art on Loan Program with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Numerous Other Cooperative Partnerships and Outreach with the Seattle Community
Student Leadership Council
AICAD Mobility

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).