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Continuing Education

Corcoran's Continuing Education program offers a variety of non-credit art and design courses for adults of all ages throughout the year. As a non-degree student, you can brush up on basics, develop further expertise or just have fun for a reasonable price. Afternoon, evening and weekend classes are available to work around your schedule. Courses are taught by leading professionals in their fields throughout the entire year. Questions? Email us at [email protected]


Please be advised: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Continuing Education classes for the Summer 2020 semester will be held online. We apologize for the inconvenience due to these changes, and thank you for your patience and understanding.

Summer 2020 applications to be a non-degree student are now open and will close on June 29th, 2020. Please submit your applications as soon as possible to allow for adequate time for processing (typically 3-5 business days) and prevent late fees. If you are an Alumni Auditor, you do not need to submit a non-degree application. Instructions on how to apply as a non-degree student, including eligibility, can be found below under 'Admissions'.  

Registration for Summer 2020 online classes starts March 2nd, 2019. Note: Due to university policy, classes will be canceled if there is low enrollment two weeks before the semester session start dates, even for classes that have a start date mid-session. You will need to register for the class by May 4th (for classes during Summer Session I) or June 15th (for classes during Summer Session II). Otherwise, the class will be at risk of cancellation.  For classes chosen to run, you can still register until the deadlines, but we encourage you to register early to avoid any cancellations and to get a seat before the class fills up!



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Upcoming Courses




CCE 1010 Fundamentals of Graphic Design

Faculty:           Jim Mole
Location:        ONLINE
Times:             Wednesdays, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Duration:        5/20/20 - 6/24/20
Cost:               $400

CRN:               32651 


CCE 2701 Digital Photo: Beyond the Basics

Faculty:           Joe Yablonsky
Location:        ONLINE
Times:             Sundays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Duration:        5/17/20 - 6/21/20
Cost:               $400
CRN:               32359


CCE 2901 Textile Design & History

Faculty:           Karthika Audinet
Location:        ONLINE
Times:             Saturdays, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Duration:        7/11/20 - 8/15/20** (Please note special start and end dates)
Cost:               $400
CRN:               32905


CCE 2401 Principles of Drawing

Faculty:           Tom Morris
Location:        ONLINE
Times:             Sundays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Duration:        7/05/20 - 8/09/20
Cost:               $400
CRN:               33140

CCE 1182 Painting Short Course

Faculty:           Joshua Highter
Location:        ONLINE
Times:             Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Duration:        6/30/20 - 8/04/20
Cost:               $400
CRN:               31008







  • GW students currently registered in a degree program (undergraduate or graduate) at the university are not eligible to take Continuing Education courses. 
  • If you have been suspended from any educational institution for poor scholarship or are not in good standing at your current or a prior institution you will not be eligible to enroll as a non-degree student for one calendar year after the effective date of the suspension.
  • If you’ve been denied admission to a degree or certificate program at GW, you will also not be eligible to enroll as a non-degree student for the same semester for which the application was denied.


If you are a graduate of a GW degree program, you are eligible to take Continuing Education classes as an alumni auditor. Alumni can take classes at GW for a significant discount, and do not need to complete an application to be a non-degree student.

To register as an alumni auditor, please please visit the Alumni Course Audit website and apply using their general form. You must use the Alumni Audit CRNs (found below), as alumni auditors are classified into different sections of the class. If you are not an alumni auditor, you are not permitted to use these CRNs. Please see the CRNs listed in the class details above in green. 



For more detailed instructions on how to submit an application for non-degree student status and register for Corcoran Continuing Education courses, visit the Office of Non-Degree Students site. Please make sure you thoroughly read the instructions at the bottom of the page before submitting your application.

Students must first submit an application as a non-degree student.  On the first page of the application, choose the following in order to apply as a non-degree student (each field must be selected before the following fields options will populate):

  • What type of program are you applying to? Non-Degree
  • School: Summer & Non-Degree Programs
  • Field of Study: General Study
  • Degree: Non-Degree
  • Concentration: Not Applicable
  • Term: Semester that you wish to apply for

**Please note: Once you have paid your application, you MUST go back into the application and hit submit. If you pay your application fee and do not return back to your application, your application is incomplete and will not be processed. Applications take approximately 3-5 business days to be processed. 

Once your confirmation email arrives, use the GW student ID, or GWID, provided to create your GW NetID and GW email account. The NetID is required to access GW systems, and the GW email will be the address to which GW sends all official communications, including your student e-bill and detailed instruction on how to register for classes.


Students can obtain a GWU student identification card, also known as GWorld card. Obtaining a GWorld card is necessary for all Continuing Education students and will grant you access to the academic buildings where your classes will take place.

To obtain your free GWorld card, present yourself and a government photo ID to the GWorld Card Office, located in the Marvin Center suite G05 on the Foggy Bottom campus. 

For more information on how to obtain your GWorld card, please click here

Once your confirmation email arrives use the GW student ID, or GWID, provided to create your GW NetID and GW email account. The NetID is required to access GW systems, and the GW email will be the address to which GW sends all official communications, including your student e-bill and instructions on how to register. Concise steps to register for classes are:

  1. Log in to the GWeb login page
  2. Enter your GW NetID and password

3. Select ‘Student Records & Registration Menu’, then ‘Registration Menu’. Click ‘Register, Drop and/or Add Classes’ and select the appropriate semester.

(The first time you log in to GWeb you might be prompted to enter your current address. Failure to enter the information will prohibit your registration.)

4. Enter your desired CRNs (which are found on the Course Descriptions PDF link on our website above) into the boxes and click on ‘Submit Changes'. You will immediately see if you have been successful or if there were any errors with your request(s).

5. You may add additional CRNs by entering them in the boxes. You may drop courses by using the 'Web Drop' Option in the Action Column next to the course you wish to drop.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (202) 994-4900 or [email protected] or the CE Advisor at [email protected]


Deadline: Potential Non-Degree students can apply starting one month before registration opens for any given semester (see the Office of the Registrar for exact dates) up to the start of the semester. Applications take approximately 3-5 business days to be processed.

*Please note that if you are admitted and register after the first day of classes, you will receive a late registration fee. These dates and more can be found on the university’s Academic Calendar


Once you register for courses, an electronic bill will be generated. No paper bill will be sent. All bills are due prior to the first day of the semester. The Student Accounts Office can help you understand and pay your bill.

To pay your bill, you will need to access the Student Account eBill.

If you register for classes after the first day of classes, payment is due by the following 10th or within 2 weeks, whichever is later. Additionally, registration late fees are applied on the first day of class.


GW is committed to supporting the continuing education of its faculty and staff. Full-time GW employees are eligible to utilize the tuition remission benefit.


What does the benefit cover? 

  • The tuition benefit for continuing education course(s) will cover 75%, any excess (25% plus other charges/fees) will be your responsibility. 

  • The percentage covers only the tuition costs in your bill and not finance charges, fees or books and it is based on the Columbian College rate (available at Student Accounts Office).


How to Apply

Before applying for the benefit, you must apply as a non-degree student and register for course(s). Once you register, the tuition remission benefits process is completed through the GWeb portal. For more information please visit the Tuition Remission website.

* Please Note: You must apply for tuition remission benefits EVERY SEMESTER.*

For more information about how to apply for the benefit and/or the tax exemption, please visit GW Benefits to review tutorials, FAQs, Tuition Remission Policy and more.