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WHY CHOOSE AN ARTS COLLEGE? WHY CHOOSE CORNISH? THE VISUAL ARTS AT CORNISH Fine Art Design THE PERFORMING ARTS AT CORNISH Dance Music Performance Production Theater HUMANITIES & SCIENCES AT CORNISH STUDENT LIFE RESIDENCE LIFE FINANCIAL AID APPLYING TO CORNISH CORNISH AT A GLANCE
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WHY CHOOSE AN ARTS COLLEGE
As you pore over college catalogs like the one you’re holding now, you’ll realize you have many options. As a student looking towards a career in the arts, you can choose to study your art— fine art, design, dance, music, theater — at a large university, a small college, a liberal arts college, or an arts college. All are accredited institutions and all offer a full college degree. Yet an arts college is distinct. Our singular mission is to develop the next generation of artists. Our entire focus is on this goal. At an arts college you study and make art from day one—you don’t wait until your junior year to seriously pursue your art like at many other schools. At an arts college, your classmates and faculty not only share your passion, they support and validate your commitment each and every day.
The best arts colleges devote about three quarters of your coursework to your art form. This is about 25 percent more than at a regular college or university. The balance of your course work is in the humanities and sciences that help develop your writing and critical thinking skills and broaden your knowledge about the world around you. And the more you know about the world outside of your art, the better artist you will become. Like all the best arts colleges, Cornish recognizes the essential role general education has to play in your education.
You want a career in the arts. Why settle for anything but the best in your college choice?
The best arts education will be found at one of the top arts colleges. For students who want to become artists, there is no better place to advance their education. — ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT COLLEGES OF ART AND DESIGN (AICAD)
Cunningham in the Northwest, Main Gallery. Photo: Frank Huster
FROM RECENT SURVEY OF STUDENTS, PARENTS, ART TEACHERS, HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS, AND ARTS PROFESSIONALS.
WHY CHOOSE CORNISH?
When you think about college, what stirs you the most? Is it the creative freedom to explore and innovate? Is it faculty who challenge you to take risks and find your voice? Does collaboration with a community of artists inspire and energize you? Or is it the opportunity to expand your art in one of the countryâ€™s great cultural capitals?
This is your place. Cornish College of the Arts.
The inspiration, collaboration and pure fun that comes from being at an arts college that has students studying in both the visual and performing arts. Cornishâ€™s belief, commitment and practice of developing your individual artistic â€œvoice.â€? The arts scene in Seattle and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Our students deepen their own art by experiencing world class art and design, music, dance and theater. And your faculty, all of whom are artists themselves, have established connections in Seattle that lead to internships and employment The satisfaction of being part of a true community, not a factory or institute.
Louis Andriessen and Monica Germino Visiting artists, Music Department, Spring 2011. Photo: Michelle Smith-Lewis
There are a number of great arts colleges in America. What makes Cornish special?
AN ARTS EDUCATION OF DISTINCTION.
Cornish College of the Arts is one of only a few private arts colleges exclusively offering undergraduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts—fine art, design, dance, music, performance production and theater. Within this exciting, eclectic environment you’ll find your own voice. You’ll create art that is daring and relevant in our fast changing global culture.
Cornish prepares you for success in life, work and the world.
Our programs of study—anchored in the liberal arts tradition—challenge you to think critically and teach you to solve complex problems. Collaboration with other visual and performing artists bolsters your confidence and instills both a solid work ethic and the ability to absorb criticism. Instructors become mentors, encouraging you to take risks and form your own opinions. Our graduates go on to be leaders and innovators, helping to provide our workforce with its creative heartbeat, both within traditional arts organizations and beyond. From technology and design to education and business, Cornish alumni contribute to creative collaborations throughout the region and the world.
Artwork: Loser + Clark, 1999; Oil on canvas; Brad Kahlhamer; American, born 1956; 84 x 120 in. (213.4 x 304.8 cm) Gift of the ContemporaryArtProject, Seattle, 2002.
Cornish Dance Theater in Merce Cunninghamâ€™s MinEvent at Seattle Art Museum
IMMERSED IN YOUR SURROUNDED BY
As a student at Cornish, you’ll immerse yourself in a rigorous program built upon Nellie Cornish’s visionary philosophy—that the study of a particular artistic discipline is enhanced when students are in the company of artists working in other art forms. It’s this approach that energizes the experience of all Cornish students. For example, Design students create posters advertising Music students’ senior recitals. The result: wonderfully original posters that grab everyone’s attention.
You’ll practice art from day one.
You’ll be encouraged and inspired by our faculty of working artists—well-connected and respected experts in their fields. They’ll be mentors and allies throughout your time at Cornish and beyond. You’ll work with a community of student artists, sharing ideas and inspiration. The result? Works and performances with exceptional energy and depth. Our campus opens to one of the country’s most dynamic cultural capitals. Brimming with an eclectic mix of art and culture, Seattle is unlike any other city—navigable, friendly and environmentally beautiful—yet as dynamic and thrilling as any large urban center. We’re home to a range of cultural institutions and industries known around the globe for being on the leading edge of creative enterprise. Cornish students live, study and work at the center of it all.
Interdisciplinary Arts Workshop, rehearsal, Nick Cave Soundsuits, in partnership with Seattle Art Museum
BUILDING COMMUN ON CAMPUS AND
The first year of college is defined by exciting change and thrilling new experiences. For many, it’s the first time away from home, the first time to strike out on your own. To help with the transition, all Cornish freshmen live in our residence halls, where they forge friendships and build community with other student artists. Together, they are immersed in art from day one. It’s an important part of the Cornish values and philosophy, an extension of Nellie Cornish’s vision to have artists living and working together. After your freshman year, you’re encouraged to live in one of Seattle’s varied neighborhoods. Each brims with art and culture and a distinct personality that defines the urban experience of our city.
Exciting and alive, Seattle’s neighborhoods are sources of inspiration, shaping your individual educational and artistic journey. Supported and encouraged at Cornish, you’ll develop the confidence to strike out on your own and find your place in the world after college.
Spring Fling, 2011
Photo: Paurl Walsh
PEOPLE | EZRA DICKINSON
Performer, choreographer, multimedia artist, collaborator, visual artist; has worked with Maureen Whiting Dance Company, Seattle Dance Project, The Offshore Project, The Castaways.
— EZRA DICKINSON, DA ‘07
Photo: Ron Hammond
“Being around different artistic disciplines showed me just how much we all have in common with each other as artists. The more I learned about other forms of art, the more it informed my understanding in my own art form.”
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: BFA Art + Design Exhibition, 2009. Design: Stephani Swiatkowski; Music Department. (MS); Silkscreen & Print Studios, 2011
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Cornish Dance Theater performs Pas De Quatre by Anton Dolin, staged by Pat Hon (CB); BFA Art + Design Exhibition, 2010. Photo: Kathryn Thomas; Design students in studio, 2011. BACKGROUND: Inside the Pacific Science Center, H&S field trip, 2011.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Summertime, Fall 2010. (CB); Cornish Dance Theater performs Pat Hon's Las Hermanas (CB)
CLOCKWISE FORM TOP: Scores of Sound, 2011; BFA Art + Design Exhibition, 2008. Photo: Peter Mumford; BFA Art + Design Exhibition, 2011 BACKGROUND: Design Studio, 2011
THE VISUAL ARTS AT CORNISH Cornish College of the Arts is a dynamic creative community where you will begin the journey of finding your voice as an artist or designer. This is an ongoing process, and your study over four years will enable you to explore and define your individual path. Before college, most visual artists investigate a broad range of media in identifying a creative direction. The Art and Design Departments have developed distinct curricula for your first year, where you will deepen your ability to read visual language and expand the diverse skills required, both practically and intellectually, to be artists and designers in the 21st century. We at Cornish aim to provide and facilitate study options that are rigorous, exciting, and that challenge you toward success. The foundation year is a time for you to experiment with a range of practices, which might lead to a change from art to design or vice-versa. We advise and mentor, helping students understand the range of options in both departments. What is most important is that you choose the artistic community that best fosters your development toward an exciting future in the creative arts.
Ashleigh Robb, Reconstructed Portrait (2012), photo etching, 5 x 7 inches
FINE ART AT CORNISH CHALLENGE YOURSELFâ€¨ STRUCTURE YOUR INTENTIONSâ€¨ BECOME A REFLECTIVE ARTIST CREATE A CRITICAL POSITION HAVE A VOICE
Key Learning & Opportunities The Fine Art community at Cornish actively promotes the creative environment and the intellectual context for artistic experimentation and risk taking. Aimed at aspiring artists from a broad range of backgrounds, this program offers a unique cross-disciplinary environment where the margins between drawing, video & digital media, print, painting, sculpture, sound, photography, performance, and writing are dissolved in favor of inventive alliances. Fine Art offers an exciting opportunity for students to work from the depth of their chosen discipline(s), while investigating the interfaces between material, digital, spatial, temporal, and textual media. The spectrum of making through thinking, and thinking through making, is enhanced by this exciting and challenging exchange.
Materials, techniques and processes Diverse studio methodologies Skills development Art history, theory, and critical studies Research and writing Cross-disciplinary opportunities Study abroad and off-campus experiences Field trips Independent study Internships Platforms to curate, exhibit, screen and perform Professional practice and outcomes in public contexts
“My development as an artist at Cornish constantly pushes me to think and engage critically with the world around me. With the right balance of technique and conceptual development, I have the opportunity to explore my interests in a breadth of disciplines and in a depth of critical methodologies. Cornish teaches me to value the experience of artists, and their ability to redefine what it means to be human.”
You will be part of a dynamic setting that cultivates the development of intellectual, conceptual, practical and technical skills, providing you with an energetic and supportive student-centered experience. Investigation, testing, reflection, and critique are developed through both structured learning and selfdirected study. It is in this context that you will be encouraged to define and develop your individual practice as an artist.
You will be working with a committed team of professional faculty who are established locally, nationally, and internationally as practicing artists, educators, and scholars. In the course of your study, they will introduce you to a broad range of practices, enabling an exploration of fine art traditions alongside contemporary concerns. You will also have open access to a range of media and workshop facilities encouraging cross-disciplinary experimentation and application. Please refer to the Cornish Art & Design brochure and website www.cornish.edu/art/ for more detailed information about the program.
Sam Whalen, Exorcisms 1-3: WASHING (2013), BFA Installation (photo by Bellevue Fine Art)
— JUAN FRANCO, ART ’14
PEOPLE | ALEAH CHAPIN
“Cornish opened me up. I began there with a pretty narrow view on what kind of work I wanted to make, but from my first day in foundations class I was hit with the joy and inspiration of possibility. The encouragement I felt from teachers to explore and push my own boundaries turned out to be a vital part of discovering my voice as an artist.” — ALEAH CHAPIN, AR '09, First Prize, BP Portrait Award 2012 for her painting, Auntie.
Reilly Sinanan, Mortar & Pestle (WOOD), NW New Works Festival, Seattle, On the Boards 2013, (photo by Tim Summers)
Jane Heath, Cotton Candy Sea (2013), Giclee print, 11 x 17 inches, BFA Exhibition (photo by Bellevue Fine Art)
Fritz Rodriguez, Dry Drowning (2013), mixed media installation, dimensions variable, Cornish Collaboratory
Chloe Allred, Bloom, Moving Forward (2013), oil on canvas, 66 x 42 inches (photo by Bellevue Fine Art)
DESIGN AT CORNISH INTERIOR DESIGN MOTION DESIGN (motion graphics, 2D animation, 3D animation, interactive design) VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN (graphic design, illustration)
Cornish Design graduates are able to respond creatively, positively and productively to the shifting realities of a rapidly advancing field. Our forward moving Design program is composed of three broad areas of concentration, within which flow seven well-defined, overlapping, streams: Visual Communication (Graphic Design, Illustration); Motion Design (Motion Graphics, 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Interactive Design); and Interior Design. You’ll begin with our rock solid Foundations year, developing a visual language and exploring media and materials. After choosing an area of concentration in your sophomore year, you learn about process—research, conceptual development, design and presentation. By the junior year, you engage in rigorous professional studio experiences, where you’ll consider the sustainability, economic impact and international implications of design.
Students present thesis work in a year-end BFA exhibition. Along the way, you’ll integrate professional development opportunities, including internships and community engagement, into your curriculum. Students benefit from exceptional faculty, high profile guest speakers, field trips and links with professional associations like AIGA, IIDA and ASID.
Jeffrey Underwood, BFA Design Exhibition, 2011
PEOPLE | TIM SIRCOLOUMB
“My Cornish education didn't teach me any one craft or trade. It taught me to think critically and solve problems creatively, and allowed me to discover for myself how I wanted to apply those skills.” — TIM SIRCOLOUMB, DE ’13
Ashley Widman, BFA Art + Design Exhibition, 2008
“A design education at Cornish starts with a conceptual understanding of what design is. I found myself surprised at how little I knew. After being introduced to the fundamentals of design, the possibilities for my education and career ranged from publication and layout to web and interactive media, even game design.”
Cornish Design internships have included Adobe, Digital Kitchen, Wizards of the Coast and more. Design alumni are working with leading companies like Amazon.com, Callison Architecture, Hornall Anderson, IMDb, Microsoft Game Studio. They have earned graduate degrees from the finest colleges, including Rhode Island School of Design, NYUâ€™s Tisch School of the Arts, Parsons School of Design, and Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Design studio, 2011, Gutierez, 2011, Michael Ferdinand Design BFA Expo, 2013, Design studio, 2012
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Paul Barkshire, BFA Art + Design Exhibition, 2011, Design Studio, 2012, Nina Malevitsis, 2011, BFA Art + Design Exhibition, 2011. BACKGROUND: BFA Art + Design Exhibition, 2011
THE PERFORMING AT CORNISH
Cornish is one of only a few private arts colleges in the country to exclusively offer bachelorâ€™s degrees in both the visual and performing arts. The performing arts at Cornish include our nationally recognized Dance Department, where students receive broad professional preparation, our Music Department that is the oldest music conservatory on the West Coast, our Theater Department that is known throughout the country for producing talented graduates and our Performance Production Department, which is unique for being a standalone program that engages students in production and design for music, dance and theater. Together, these departments nurture developing artists as you find your voice.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Intiman Playhouse (2012). Photo: Chris Bennion
DANCE AT CORNISH PERFORMANCE CHOREOGRAPHY TEACHING
With an equal emphasis on technique and choreography, the Dance Department provides both the challenging curriculum and supportive mentorship to help every student discover a personal artistic path. The department is committed to educating healthy dancers who have the self-confidence and physical knowledge required for a sustainable lifetime in dance. Intensive ballet and modern dance classes form the core of our technique curriculum. You will spend six to eight hours a day in dance classes with a minimum of 16 hours of technique classes each week. In addition, students pursue a threeyear sequence of choreography courses to explore their creative voices. Courses in teaching methods, dance filmmaking, dance history, lighting design, anatomy and injury prevention, and dance business practices not only stimulate artistic growth but generate professional options beyond the stage. Cornish graduates develop the entrepreneurial skills to create their own careers, from performance and choreography to teaching and dance-related professions.
You will have ample performance and choreographic opportunities, including four annual concerts, interdepartmental productions and collaborative projects with students from other departments. Cornish Dance Theater, the departmentâ€™s performing ensemble, performs dances by faculty and visiting professionals such as Robert Battle, Camille Brown, Danny Buraczeski, Ohad Naharin and Donald McKayle. Senior projects, focused on choreography and performance, culminate in the Dance BFA concerts. You also will have the opportunity to use Seattleâ€™s impressive professional dance community as a classroom. Visiting artists and master classes with renowned companies help round out the Cornish experience, providing students with global professional connections. Alumni pursue careers in every aspect of the dance field.
Cornish Dance Theater performs Steve Casteelâ€™s Incite. Photo: Chris Bennion
Holley Farmer as Cornish student Photo: Kurt Smith
PEOPLE | HOLLEY FARMER
Dance alumna Holley Farmer was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (1997-2009) and featured performer in Twyla Tharpâ€™s Broadway show Come Fly With Me.
“When a dancer describes being “on your leg”, it’s a combination of training, luck and years of trial and error. Cornish put me “on my leg” exactly when I needed to be ready for my dreams to come true, At Cornish, I met my future.”
Holley Farmer in Merce Cunningham’s Loosetime (2002). Photo © Tony Dougherty. Courtesy of the Cunningham Dance Foundation.
— HOLLEY FARMER, DA ‘95
Cornish Dance alumni have performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group and more. They have also founded dance companies, including Locust, d-9, and Salt Horse. They have pursued graduate studies at Ohio State University, SUNY/Purchase, University of Arizona, University of Utah, University of California/Irvine and other prestigious schools.
TOP TO BOTTOM: Cornish Dance Theater performs Pat Hon's Concerto Grosso; Cyrus Khambatta's Unfold; Merce Cunningham MinEvent, (CB)
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Cornish Dance Theater performs Nancy Cranbourneâ€™s Sweet Bite; Danny Buraczeski's Swing Concerto (CB); Ballet class with faculty Iyun Harrison (CD). BACKGROUND: Modern Class (CD).
MUSIC AT CORNISH CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ VOICE CLASSICAL VOICE & OPERA EARLY MUSIC COMPOSITION
The Music Department at Cornish offers six areas of focus—Classical Instrumental, Jazz Instrumental, Jazz Voice, Classical Voice & Opera, Early Music, and Composition. Our demanding yet supportive program builds an excellent foundation as you prepare for your career as a performer or composer in the concert hall or in jazz clubs, or for film, theater, opera, or emerging new media. We encourage innovation and experimentation as we support you in developing your own distinct voice and style. Our faculty are all working artists, many of international renown. From day one, you’ll train with a primary teacher/mentor in weekly, highly focused private lessons, while completing coursework in theory, history, rhythm, piano and ensemble work that leads to specialization in one of the six areas of focus. Master classes and extended residencies by renowned visiting artists enhance your studio and classroom experience
You’ll have abundant opportunities to perform with over a dozen different ensembles every semester from big band to chamber music, and two fully staged opera productions every year. Both performers and composers have the opportunity to showcase their talent in more than 150 performances every year, including noon concerts, end of semester presentations, the Scores of Sound Music Marathon, and Junior/Senior Recitals. Students also take advantage of Seattle’s thriving music scene and, once established, even book their own gigs. Cornish alumni pursue careers or graduate study in every facet of music performance, composition, and education around the globe.
Nicole Mitchell and the Cornish Contemporary Big Band. Photo: Michelle Smith-Lewis
PEOPLE | JOSH NEUMANN
“Learning about other forms of art makes you a better artist in your own discipline. I never would have thought that I would be working so closely with dancers, composers, film scorers when I was going to school, but each opportunity that challenges you to push your boundaries will create more opportunities for you later in your career. If I had only studied classical music without learning anything about other forms of music, or how to improvise, there is no way I could have joined the band I’ve played in for the last six years.”
— JOSH NEUMANN, MU ‘04
Photos: Courtesy of the artist
CELLIST FOR BRANDI CARLISLE
Cornish music graduates have also gone on to study at the most prestigious graduate programs including Yale University, New England Conservatory, Stanford University, Northwestern University, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, California Institute of the Arts, and Mills College, among others.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Mark Sampson (MU â€˜10), jazz pianist. (MS); Chamber Music Ensemble; Cornish Opera Theater, 2011 (MS)
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Javanese gamelan ensemble, Scores of Sound (2011); Cornish Contemporary Big Band. (MS); Michael Delos, Music Faculty. (MS) SPREAD: Recording studio with Jovino Santos-Neto, Music Faculty. (MS)
PERFORMANCE PR AT CORNISH COSTUME DESIGN LIGHTING DESIGN SCENIC DESIGN SOUND DESIGN STAGE MANAGEMENT TECHNICAL DIRECTION Performance Production (sometimes called technical theater and design) is most often a division within a theater department. Not at Cornish. Performance Production is one of six distinct academic programs at Cornish, with full control over its curriculum guaranteeing a comprehensive focused education for our students. The Department prepares designers, technicians and artisans—behind-the-scenes geniuses who create the world that surrounds actors, dancers and musicians on the live stage. The BFA program allows you to focus on one of six concentrations—Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Sound Design, Stage Management or Technical Direction. Our students often choose a second area of focus that broadens opportunities for employment or graduate study.
As a freshman, you’ll begin with broad experience in all areas and then focus as you move on in your studies. From day one, Performance Production students actively work on Dance, Music and Theater productions. All Performance Production students participate in a full-time junior or senior year internship with a professional arts organization or with an established artist working in your area of concentration. Internships are available with many of Seattle’s theaters or you can intern elsewhere in the US or abroad. Our faculty and visiting artists are seasoned professionals working in production design, technical direction, stage management and more in Seattle and beyond. Our graduates are in demand and go on to prestigious graduate programs or work for professional arts organizations around the world, including film, television, radio, education and the tech industry.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Intiman Playhouse (2012). Photo: Dave Tosti-Lane
PEOPLE | BRIAN SCHILLING-GEORGE
— BRIAN SCHILLING-GEORGE DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCTIONS, MICROSOFT
“Certainly you have to have skills and ability to be successful in your discipline, but you also need to know people to find the opportunities to demonstrate your capabilities. The most important part of my career was building a network of contacts. It all started at Cornish. Through the faculty and students that I met, I was able to start working on productions right out of the gate. Those early opportunities brought me in contact with lots of other people in the field that has grown my network exponentially. Today, 20-plus years later, I find myself still surrounded by Cornish alumni practicing their craft and creativity every day. Having those friendships, the trust and mutual respect that started during school still driving me to improve and grow is something I owe to my time at Cornish.”
Internships are integral to the Cornish Performance Production degree and students have worked with ACT (A Contemporary Theatre), Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Deutches Oper Berlin and The Guthrie Theatre. Alumni are employed by companies like Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, On The Boards, Seattle Opera, Microsoft and The Production Network (TPN), NBC Television, The Vivien Beaumont Theater and Universal Studios. They also have earned graduate degrees from Yale University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Emerson College, San Francisco State University and Carnegie Mellon. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Hamlet, Broadway Performance Hall (2011). Photo: Dave Tosti-Lane; The Fifth of July, Skinner Theatre (2012) Photo: Dave Tosti-Lane; Preparing for hang, Drood (2012). Photo: Chris Bennion
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Day of the Dead at Performance Production Mothersâ€™ Tea; Lighting Hang, Hamlet by William Shakespeare; The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Intiman Playhouse (2012) Photo: Dave Tosti-Lane. BACKGROUND: Load-in, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Broadway Performance Hall
THEATER AT CORNISH ACTING ORIGINAL WORKS (playwriting, directing) MUSICAL THEATER
Cornish offers serious students of theater a place to develop, explore and take risks in a stimulating, highly collaborative environment. You’ll develop a set of skills that encourages physical and vocal flexibility and a command of a wide range of techniques and theatrical styles. Our program helps you build a toolbox that every artist needs to succeed whether it is in professional theater, television, film, solo performance, improvisation or multi-disciplinary work. Our curriculum builds the physical, vocal, intellectual and imaginative skills necessary for success as a theater artist. Students hone their skills through an array of performance opportunities, including classic and contemporary plays, ensemble productions and original work by student writers. The Acting and Musical Theater tracks give you the skills to explore different areas of performance, while the Original Works Program presents an opportunity to create your own writing, directing and ensemble-generated performance.
Musical Theater also integrates the exploration of heightened forms of acting with the development of dance and singing skills that are applicable to contemporary musical theater. Faculty and visiting artists are seasoned professionals: actors, directors, playwrights working at some of Seattle’s, and the nation’s, most reputable institutions. You’ll have a wide range of performance opportunities—including 15 to 20 public productions, the Winter New Works Festival, the Myth Projects, cabarets, the Ten Minute Play Festival and many classroom projects—to prepare you for many professional opportunities.
Bat Boy: The Musical at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center. Photo: Chris Bennion.
PEOPLE | MEGAN HILL
Co-creator of Me +U, an award winning web TV series. Company member at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Management Theater Company and Little Lord. Recent credits (all World Premieres): Hand to God by Robert Askins, Ensemble Studio Theatre; Cut by Crystal Skillman, The Management; The Dorothy K. with Implied Violence/Robert Wilsonâ€™s Watermill Quintet at The Guggenheim; The Sluts of Sutton Drive by Joshua Conkel (TH â€™03), Ensemble Studio Theatre; Lonesome Winter,
— MEGAN HILL, TH ’02 co-written with Joshua Conkel, The Management; Fissures at the Humana Festival, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Workshopped new work at: The Lark, New Dramatists, Soho Rep Lab, The Arden in Philadelphia, American Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Theater Seven of Chicago and Pittsburg Public Theater, among others. MFA from the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.
Megan Hill and Steve Boyer, Hand to God at The Ensemble Studio Theatre. Photo: Gerry Goodstein
“There is no one way to be a theater artist. There is no set path. Cornish knows this. When you leave Cornish, you leave with a skill set and toolbox that will serve you throughout your life, you leave a part of a community of artists that will be lifelong collaborators, you leave with a sense of where theater is now and with the courage to help take it to where it needs to go, and you leave with the confidence to build the career you want on your terms.”
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Summer Brave by William Inge; Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes; Sganarelle, or The Imaginary Cuckold by MoliĂ¨re (All: MSL).
Cornish Theater students gain invaluable experience through internships with companies like Seattle Repertory Theatre, 5th Avenue Musical Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) and Washington Ensemble Theatre. They find themselves ready to succeed in highly competitive graduate programs, including Yale, Harvard/American Repertory Theatre and Northwestern University. Cornish alumni work on stage and in film and televsion in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles and tour and perform throughout the world.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Pericles by William Shakespeare; The Jealous Husband by Moliere; Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes. (All: MSL). BACKGROUND: The Jealous Husband by MoliĂ¨re. (MSL)
HUMANITIES & SCI AT CORNISH
An essential component of your BFA degree includes the courses you will take outside of your major in the Humanities and Sciences Department. As the general education division of the College, we provide a liberal studies curriculum that engages Cornish students in an exploration of the social, environmental and cultural contexts in which artistic production takes place, while developing critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills. The curriculum helps you consider multiple perspectives when looking at complex problems and issues, drawing on a variety of ways to understand the world and our human experience.
Our curriculum is constantly changing and inquiry based. It is intended to engage you in active analysis and problem-solving in relation to thematic issues that may have a long-standing history, but that continue to challenge contemporary societies and individuals, both locally and globally. Classes are limited in size and conducted â€œseminar style.â€? Students at Cornish are not passive learners; they contribute to and help shape the experience in their classes. Many classes go into the community, exploring the urban and natural environment, doing field observations and visiting local organizations and the people involved in them.
Both in and out of the classroom, instructors in Humanities and Sciences help you acquire the kind of confidence and competence that will serve you well both during and after college, in your personal and professional lives. In the end, our aim in Humanities and Sciences is to inspire the curiosity and habits necessary for life-long learning and development.
Field trip, Humanities & Sciences, Pacific Science Center
FLASHLIGHT. Photo courtesy of Damon Buxton
PEOPLE | DAMON BUXTON
— DAMON BUXTON, DE ‘05 HIS EXPERIENCE INCLUDES PROJECTS FOR MICROSOFT, AMAZON.COM, CLASSMATES.COM, BOEING, WINDERMERE REAL ESTATE, RHAPSODY.COM, REAL NETWORKS, PHILIPS HEALTHCARE, AND THE FRED HUTCHINSON CANCER RESEARCH CENTER.
Damon Working. Photo © 2011 LA Smith
“The design curriculum at Cornish is excellent, but I learned as much about what makes me a designer from the history and humanities studies I did there. Attending Cornish made me a better artist. It also made me a more well-rounded and better human being.”
TOP TO BOTTOM: Design Senior Studio; Art Foundations Fashion Show
Humanities and Sciences faculty hail from some of the finest public and private institutions in higher education, including Brown University, Cambridge, Cornell, George Washington University, the University of California, The University of Chicago, The University of Michigan, the University of Washington, and Yale University.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Dance Studio; Humanities and Sciences Class backstage at Seattle Opera; The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti. (MS) BACKGROUND: Q&A with Ryan Conrad
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Housing and Residence Life; Design Studio; The Arabian Nights by Mary Zimmerman. (CB)
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Modern Dance Class (CD); Merit/Roll Call Exhibition, 2011; Scores of Sound, 2011. BACKGROUND: BFA Art + Design Exhibition, 2009. Photo: Kathryn Thomas
Your admission to Cornish signifies you have the talent and the desire to be an artist but we know that your success in life involves more than that. Student Affairs is here to support your transition to college and beyond. You will feel at home at Cornish, make friends, and find support services to meet your individual needs.
What you can count on at Cornish: · The Writing Center, supporting all of your writing needs. · The Wellness Center, dedicated to providing a healthy lifestyle for artists. · Our Counseling Center, staffed by two full-time professional counselors. · The Disability Services office. · Career Services program. · A well-stocked library of books, scripts, scores, videos, CDs, newspapers and periodicals. · Numerous Cornish Student Interest Groups (SIG) where like-minded students gather. Current SIGs include Cornish Frisbee Club, Salon Corniche, Cult Classic Movies, Cornish Student Leadership Council, Black Student Union, Cornish Rock Music Ensemble, Knitting Club, Cornish Ornithological Society, Student Curators, Cheese Tasting Club, Cornish Quidditch Team, Curtain Call Improv Group
Cornish Residence Hall
Our two residence halls provide incoming freshmen a welcoming and supportive community where you get to know fellow students in all of the visual and performing arts who come to Cornish from across the United States and abroad. Individual rooms are large and each has a private bath. The halls have amenities such as wireless internet, cable television, room-controlled air and heat, lounges, 24-hour security, on-site parking, laundry, vending and a community kitchen.
Cornish Endowed Scholarship Luncheon
All students are urged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to ensure maximum consideration for financial aid and scholarships. Cornish offers the full range of financial aid funding: merit and need-based Cornish Scholarships, Federal and State grants, work-study, Federal loans for parents and students, and private educational loans for students. All students are automatically considered for Cornish College and Cornish Department Scholarships.
APPLYING TO CORNISH
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Cornish welcomes applications from graduating seniors, transfer and international students. Necessary elements of the Application for Admission, minimum qualifications and guidelines for submission of the Application can be found at www.cornish.edu/admission. A paper version of the Application is available by email. Applications are reviewed for admission following completion of the application and the portfolio review (Art, Design, and Performance Production) or audition (Dance, Music, and Theater). Space in each program is limited. Students meeting the February 1 Application Deadline are given priority for the following fall.
CORNISH AT A GLANCE
Established: 1914 Average class size: 13 Total full-time enrollment: 800 Student/faculty ratio: 8:1 US states represented: 48 Foreign countries represented: 15 Freshman residence halls: 2 Academic year: FALL & SPRING SEMESTERS Cooperative programs: PILCHUCK GLASS SCHOOL THE FILM SCHOOL (SEATTLE) AICAD MOBILITY PROGRAM NEW YORK STUDIO PROGRAM Pre-college program: SUMMER AT CORNISH PREPARATORY DANCE
Accreditation: NORTHWEST COMMISSION ON COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS OF ART AND DESIGN
2013 – 2014 academic year direct costs: TUITION AND FEES $33,550 FRESHMAN ROOM AND BOARD, $9,300 Financial aid: DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIPS AND NEED-BASED ASSISTANCE GRANTS PLUS FEDERAL GRANTS, LOANS AND WORK STUDY. WASHINGTON RESIDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ADDITIONAL NEED-BASED GRANT.
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Degrees conferred: BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (BFA) BACHELOR OF MUSIC (BMUS)
Cornish College of the Arts does not discriminate in education or employment on the
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basis of: gender, race, national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation,
unless otherwise noted.
disability or veteran status. This policy is consistent with relevant federal regulations
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and statutes, including those pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,
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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Questions regarding the application of this policy and information on services for disabled
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persons may be referred to the Dean of Student Affairs or the Director of Human Resources.
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