master of arts in decorative arts & design history


Why get a master's degree in Decorative Arts & Design History from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design?

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Partnership with Smithsonian

The DADH program is offered through a partnership between the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and the Smithsonian Associates. Classes are held at the Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center on the National Mall, granting students privileged access to museum collections in Washington, D.C., while gaining hands-on experience.

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Travel abroad

Our program offers exciting short-term study abroad programs in Europe, where students engage firsthand with historic styles, designers and makers. The two most recent programs were "Treasure Houses of Scotland" and "Venice to Villas: 500 Years of Italian Design". 

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Learn from expert faculty 

Dedicated GW professors, curators, scholars, and museum professionals host specialized seminars in the history of furniture, textiles, costume, glass, ceramics, silver, and interiors taught at the Smithsonian to provide an immersive and well-rounded educational experience.

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Build your personal network

Learn from internationally recognized curators, researchers, and scholars. Join a group of 1,000+ alumni who practice in prestigious museums, art houses, and design workshops throughout the world.

Students have previously held internships at many prestigious institutions including:


Our successful alumni have recently accepted positions at:

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London, UK & New York, NY with other locations worldwide


Want to learn more?

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Join Elizabeth Deans, Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor for our Master of Arts in Decorative Arts and Design History, on Wednesday, February 28 at 6:30-7:30 p.m. EST for an online information session and Q&A about our Master of Arts in Decorative Arts and Design History. 

Learn how our graduate degree trains students to study historic objects and spaces across cultures in preparation for careers in museums, auction houses, historic houses, and more. Offered in partnership between GW Corcoran and Smithsonian Associates, our graduate students have the privilege of studying inside the Smithsonian alongside curators and university professors.


Further Information on our Decorative Arts and Design History Program

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Check out the Decorative Arts and Design History site for more information on the program.

To request further information, complete this form.

Interested in joining the program for Fall 2018? Apply now

To schedule an appointment to visit the program offices and tour GW's campus, email DADH's Program Administrator, Ariana Panbechi at [email protected]