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The mission of Cornish College of the Arts is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators.

Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts.

Core Themes

  • Core Student Competencies

  • Student Agency as Artists and Citizens

  • Experimentation and Innovative Practice

  • Environment Conducive to Learning and Positive Growth

Statement of Difference & Inclusion

Cornish College of the Arts is enriched by a diverse population of students, bringing their unique personalities and voices to their art forms. Placed in the vibrant city of Seattle, artists thrive among the wide variety of people and a broad spectrum of creative thought that surrounds us. The college supports and engages the many cultural, personal, and spiritual facets of our community.

Cornish commits to demonstrating respect for individual expression and integrity; promoting the equality of opportunity and rights of all persons within the community and actively encouraging and maintaining the representation and inclusion of diverse cultures and backgrounds within the student body, faculty, staff, and curriculum.

We believe that diversity refers to a number of human qualities and characteristics. National origin, race, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, and disabilities are characteristics that combine in unique ways, forming the multiple identities we all hold. Those diverse characteristics contribute positively to the environment of Cornish and to an education that accurately reflects and contributes to the complex interplay of art, culture, and society.

We hold ourselves responsible to fulfill the mission of Cornish by preparing students “to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators,” and believe that the mission is best served by actively cultivating a positive environment in which to explore and express the diverse perspectives of a pluralistic society. 

Equal Opportunity

Cornish College of the Arts does not discriminate in education or employment on the basis of: gender, race, national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. This policy is consistent with relevant federal regulations and statutes, including those pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Questions regarding the application of this policy— such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments, and information on services for persons with disabilities may be referred to the Office of Student Life (students) or Human Resources (employees)..


Cornish College of the Arts is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Cornish is licensed to confer degrees by the State of Washington.


Selected programs of study at Cornish College of the Arts are approved by the Workforce Training Education Coordinating Board's State Approving Agency (WTECB/SAA) for enrollment of those eligible to receive benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, USC.

Cornish College does not and will not provide any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on success in securing enrollment or financial aid to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting or admissions activities or in making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance. 

About This Publication

The information in this publication is accurate to the best of the College’s ability to determine at the time of printing. Cornish College of the Arts reserves the right to change the policy, calendar, and fees set forth in the Catalog. Changes apply to both current and prospective students. The Registration & Records Office, or other appropriate offices, will notify students of changes as needed.