Corcoran College Of Art & Design

Artists engage the world through conventional and unconventional means, to document the news of the day, to convey the emotion of another human being, to access unknown worlds and new adventures and even to alter our viewpoint, our space. At the Corcoran College of Art + Design, you will have the opportunity to study those who have challenged complacency with their own work and the ability to create your own path of self-expression and exploration.

Grounded in a long tradition of excellence in education, the Corcoran provides an intimate learning experience that balances the rigors of academic studies with opportunities for independent study. At the heart of your Corcoran experience is our renowned faculty, including some of the most active, cutting-edge artists, designers and photographers in the country.

Washington, D.C. is truly your laboratory as you venture through four-years of study at the Corcoran. You will find new sources of inspirations that are both rooted deeply in the principles of academia and so new, that the ideas and concepts will unfurl before you. You will push the boundaries of comm... [ Read All ]

Washington DC

United States

500 Seventeenth Street, NW
Phone: 202.639.1801

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Location and Getting there

Downtown Campus:
500 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-4804

The Corcoran Museum and College of Art + Design are located at the intersection of 17th Street and New York Avenue, NW, one block from the White House. The College entrance is on New York Avenue. A ramp entrance for persons with disabilities is located at 1701 E Street, around the corner from the Museum¹s main entrance on 17th Street.

Georgetown Campus:
1801 35th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

The Georgetown Campus is located near the intersection of 35th and S Streets, NW. The entrance is on the south side of the building at the parking lot level.

Downtown Campus - Get there by...

Metro rail
The Corcoran is conveniently located near two Metro rail stations:

FarragutWest on the Orange and Blue lines (use 17th St. exit during the week and 18th St. exit on the weekend). Walk south down 17th Street to the Corcoran. (On the weekend, walk south on 18th Street, turn left onto New York Ave., the Corcoran will be on your right.)

Farragut North on the Red line (use K St. exit) Walk south down 17th Street to the Corco...  [ Read All ]

Department and information about the department


BFA fine art
BFA fine art photography
BFA photojournalism
BFA graphic design
BFA digital media design
BFA freshman foundation

BFA/MA 5-year Degree
AFA all degrees


fine art
design / interior design
academic studies


MA interior design
MAT art education
MA history of decorative arts


fine art
design / interior design


Summer Classes
Individual Courses
Short Courses & Workshops
Youth Classes
Special Programs
academic studies  

Academic Staff and Description

The Corcoran is an innovative leader in visual arts education. Our renowned faculty includes some of the most active, cutting-edge artists, designers and photographers in the country. The College emphasizes a conservatory approach to education, which means classes are small, professors are accessible and classmates know one another.  

News and Events

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Information For  International Students

Corcoran College of Art + Design is enriched by an International student population representing more than fifteen countries. The Associate Dean of Students serves as the Foreign Student Advisor. The Advisor manages with all matters pertaining to SEVIS and I-20 visa regulations and procedures. International students must make an appointment with the Associate Dean of Students to discuss status, visa issues, employment, curricular or optional practical training, housing, health insurance, tax issues, etc.


Student Facilities

Corcoran Gallery of Art:

Whether you are a working professional pursuing a part-time Associate or Master of Arts degree, or a full-time student immersed in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program, joining the College now provides you with the benefits of a world-class Museum/College partnership. Our students have access to the Corcoran's own collections, curators, exhibitions, distinguished visiting artists and public programs.

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Student Support

Student Advising:
Students must meet with their assigned advisor each semester prior to registration to review their academic progress and to discuss a program of study for the upcoming semester. Advisors can help identify scheduling problems, ensure proper credit load and help with the selection of electives. Problems which are not resolved with the advisors can be brought to the attention of the Department Chair. If further assistance is needed, contact the Registrar and finally the Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs. Students are ultimately responsible for ensuring that their registration adheres to the rules of the College and fulfills the requirements for graduation. Each student is assigned an advisor during his/her first semester of enrollment at the Corcoran. A list of advisors is posted in the studio/classroom at the beginning of each semester.

Financial Aid:

Career Services:
The Career Resource Center, located in the College Office, is committed to assisting artists with their career development by providing students with a variety of resources. These inclu...  [ Read All ]

Student Life

While at the Corcoran, students have the chance to combine studies with the extensive cultural and career resources of Washington, DC. The 14 museums of The Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, The Washington Post, The National Gallery and The Kennedy Center are only some of the countless museums, artists' communities, media, employers, theaters and national treasures that await you.

Adams Morgan:
Adams Morgan prides itself on being the most international neighborhood in Washington DC. The restaurants in the area specialize in Ethiopian, Spanish, Middle Eastern, Italian, Mexican, Asian, American and much more to "whet your appetite". Located near the National Zoo and Rock Creek Park, this district has enough for an entire day of hiking, biking and walking. In addition, Adams Morgan is known for having many outdoor murals, including the oldest, which was created during the 1960's and 1970's mural revival.

Cleveland Park:
Cleveland Park is a well-preserved historic, residential area. The National Zoo and Rock Creek Park are a stone throw away. If you are looking for a little art, the commercial architecture along Conn...  [ Read All ]


The Corcoran provides furnished apartment accommodations that are convenient to all campuses. A Resident Director and Resident Assistants are staffed to assist students. New students entering Corcoran College of Art + Design are guaranteed placement in housing if they meet the housing deadline. In addition to providing housing during the academic year, the Corcoran leases the apartments during the summer months to students who wish to take summer courses as well as students from other colleges and Universities who are interning in the city. For information regarding the Corcoran housing accommodations, please contact the Student Services Coordinator.  

How To Apply  

Visit us (open days)

Students, Parents and Teachers are invited to schedule a visit with the Corcoran College of Art + Design. There are several ways to meet the Corcoran:

Venture to the heart of nation's capital to visit the Corcoran College of Art + Design museum campus located steps from the White House and National Mall. Tours are available Monday-Friday through the admissions office and may include a one-on-one meeting with an admissions counselor if you choose.

Each year the Corcoran's admission officers travel to select schools throughout the country to discuss the outstanding degree programs available at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Interested school representatives may contact the admissions office directly to schedule a visit.

Teachers interested in bringing their classes to the Corcoran to visit the numerous rotating exhibitions of the Corcoran Museum of Art may contact the education office directly. For high-school age groups, college representatives are available to discuss pre-college programs and degree programs if requested. Call 202-639-1870, click here for more information.

The College will host Saturday Sessions d...  [ Read All ]

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