Graduate Admissions

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Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., George Washington University's (GW) Corcoran School offers the extraordinary advantage of a rich urban tapestry made up of architecture, culture and a dynamic visual and performing arts scene. In addition to an inspiring environment, graduate students benefit from the top architectural and interior design firms, museums and other arts institutions that serve as extensions of the classroom. Students at the Corcoran gain unprecedented access to critical networking and internship opportunities and are regularly exposed to the vast collection of national treasures. Through these resources, we strive to prepare our graduates for rich, multidimensional careers in the 21st century.

Save the Date — Admitted Student Day

April 4-5, 2019

For admitted graduate students we have two special days planned for you to experience what it’s like to be a part of our programs. Join us on Thursday, April 4, for program-specific information sessions, class observations, a tour of our spaces, and more! On Friday, April 5, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences welcomes you with student experience panels, financial aid information sessions, and additional opportunities to connect with your program. 

A link to register and a detailed program schedule will be emailed directly to admitted students. 

Upcoming Online Information Sessions

MA in Decorative Arts and Design History Information Session (CCAS)
Date: Wednesday, September 5
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST
Location: online

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, September 5 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST for an online information session and Q&A with Erin Kuykendall Thomas, Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor for 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. As part of this session, you'll have the opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about our program and the application process.

Register Here

MA in Decorative Arts and Design History Information Session (CCAS)
Date: Wednesday, December 12
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST
Location: online

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, December 12 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST for an online information session and Q&A with Erin Kuykendall Thomas, Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor for 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. As part of this session, you'll have the opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about our program and the application process.

Register Here

MA in Interaction Design Information Session (CCAS)
Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST
Location: online

Join Kevin Patton, Assistant Professor of Interaction Design, on Wednesday, October 24 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. for an online information session and Q&A about our new Master of Arts in Interaction Design. The MA in IxD focuses on the role of interaction design in public policy and service delivery, and trains designers to examine, prototype and design concepts that ultimately shape and guide people’s interactions across their everyday lives. Our students to create human-centered solutions that impact everything from smart devices to healthcare services. Whether your interests are in the start-up, nonprofit, social innovation or government sectors, learn how the Corcoran will prepare you for a role at a consultancy, government agency or design firm.

Register Here

MA in Interaction Design Information Session (CCAS)
Date: Wednesday, January 16
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST
Location: online

Join Kevin Patton, Assistant Professor of Interaction Design, on Wednesday, October 24 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. for an online information session and Q&A about our new Master of Arts in Interaction Design. The MA in IxD focuses on the role of interaction design in public policy and service delivery, and trains designers to examine, prototype and design concepts that ultimately shape and guide people’s interactions across their everyday lives. Our students to create human-centered solutions that impact everything from smart devices to healthcare services. Whether your interests are in the start-up, nonprofit, social innovation or government sectors, learn how the Corcoran will prepare you for a role at a consultancy, government agency or design firm.

Register Here

MA in Museum Studies Information Session (CCAS)
Date: Tuesday, August 28
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST
Location: online

We invite you to join us Tuesday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. EST for an online information session and Q&A with Laura Schiavo, Program Head and Assistant Professor for Museum Studies, about our Master of Arts in Museum Studies. Learn how our Museum Studies program combines traditional academic training with museum practices and practical museum experience in order to prepare students for successful museum careers. You'll also have the opportunity to ask us any questions you have about our program and the application process.

Register Here

MA in Museum Studies Information Session (CCAS)
Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST
Location: online

We invite you to join us Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. EST for an online information session and Q&A with Laura Schiavo, Program Head and Associate Professor for Museum Studies, about our Master of Arts in Museum Studies. Learn how our Museum Studies program combines traditional academic training with museum practices and practical museum experience in order to prepare students for successful museum careers. You'll also have the opportunity to ask us any questions you have about our program and the application process.

Register Here

MA in New Media Photojournalism Information Session (CCAS)
Date: Tuesday, September 18
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST
Location: online

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST for an online information session and Q&A with Susan Sterner, Faculty Advisor and Assistant Professor for our Master of Arts in New Media Photojournalism! Learn more about how our curriculum incorporates writing, photography, audio, video, and web design and prepares students for careers as freelancers, visual reporters, editors, and producers. As part of this session, you'll have the opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about our program and the application process.

Register Here

MA in New Media Photojournalism Information Session (CCAS)
Date: Thursday, October 18
Time: 8:00-9:00 a.m. EST
Location: online

We invite you to join us on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at 8:00-9:00 a.m. EST for an online information session and Q&A with Susan Sterner, Faculty Advisor and Assistant Professor for our Master of Arts in New Media Photojournalism! Learn more about how our curriculum incorporates writing, photography, audio, video, and web design and prepares students for careers as freelancers, visual reporters, editors, and producers. As part of this session, you'll have the opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about our program and the application process.

Register Here

MA in New Media Photojournalism Information Session (CCAS)
Date: Wednesday, December 5
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST
Location: online

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST for an online information session and Q&A with Susan Sterner, Faculty Advisor and Assistant Professor for our Master of Arts in New Media Photojournalism! Learn more about how our curriculum incorporates writing, photography, audio, video, and web design and prepares students for careers as freelancers, visual reporters, editors, and producers. As part of this session, you'll have the opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about our program and the application process.

Register Here

MA in New Media Photojournalism Information Session (CCAS)
Date: Monday, January 14
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST
Location: online

We invite you to join us on Monday, January 14, 2018, at 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST for an online information session and Q&A with Susan Sterner, Faculty Advisor and Assistant Professor for our Master of Arts in New Media Photojournalism! Learn more about how our curriculum incorporates writing, photography, audio, video, and web design and prepares students for careers as freelancers, visual reporters, editors, and producers. As part of this session, you'll have the opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about our program and the application process.

Register Here

MFA in Interior Architecture Information Session (CCAS)
Date: Wednesday, September 12
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST
Location: online

Join Professor Erin Speck as she discusses the Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture. In this graduate degree program, as part of this intellectual environment, the curriculum focuses on all aspects of the profession, from sustainability and materials to graphic and communication and lighting. Learn about the admission requirements, courses required to complete this degree, and career outcomes. We look forward to speaking with you about this dynamic and exciting program!

Register Here

MFA in Interior Architecture Information Session (CCAS)
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST
Location: online

Join Professor Catherine Anderson as she discusses the Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture. In this graduate degree program, as part of this intellectual environment, the curriculum focuses on all aspects of the profession, from sustainability and materials to graphic and communication and lighting. Learn about the admission requirements, courses required to complete this degree, and
career outcomes. We look forward to speaking with you about this dynamic and exciting program!

Register Here

MA in Exhibition Design Information Session (CCAS)
Date: Monday, December 3, 2018
Time: noon-1:00 p.m. EST
Location: online

We invite you to join us on Monday, December 3 at noon-1pm EST for an online information session about our Master of Arts in Exhibition Design with Andrea Dietz, Assistant Professor of Exhibition Design.

Learn how our curriculum cultivates sophisticated designers, giving you the visual representation and physical realization skills you need to compose compelling exhibition environments. Our program is anchored by coursework in criticism, curation, storytelling, and management and complemented by open electives that enable you to develop emphases. As part of this session, you'll have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about our program and the application process.

 
 

MA in Exhibition Design Information Session (CCAS)
Date: Monday, January 14, 2019
Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST
Location: online 

We invite you to join us on Monday, January 14 from 8:00-9:00pm EST for an online information session about our Master of Arts in Exhibition Design with Andrea Dietz, Assistant Professor of Exhibition Design.

Learn how our curriculum cultivates sophisticated designers, giving you the visual representation and physical realization skills you need to compose compelling exhibition environments. Our program is anchored by coursework in criticism, curation, storytelling, and management and complemented by open electives that enable you to develop emphases. As part of this session, you'll have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about our program and the application process.

Register Here

 

MFA in Fine Arts Information Session (CCAS)
Date:  Tuesday, October 16
Time:  1:30-2:30 p.m. EST
Location:  online

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, October 16 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST for an online information session and Q&A with James Sham, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for our MFA in Fine Arts.

Learn how our curriculum fosters a rigorous and experimental approach to art making, while encouraging students to pursue their creative commitments in the studio and in the world. Our program emphasizes a critical and creative relationship between content and form, an awareness of art historical connections and engagement with the contexts of creative production. As part of this session, you'll have the opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about our program and the application process.

Register Here

 

MFA in Fine Arts Information Session (CCAS)
Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST
Location: online

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, December 4 from 1:30-2:30p.m. EST for an online information session and Q&A with James Sham, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for our MFA in Fine Arts.

Learn how our curriculum fosters a rigorous and experimental approach to art making, while encouraging students to pursue their creative commitments in the studio and in the world. Our program emphasizes a critical and creative relationship between content and form, an awareness of art historical connections and engagement with the contexts of creative production. As part of this session, you'll have the opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about our program and the application process.

Register Here

Upcoming Open Houses

Friday, September 14, 2018
9:30 am–12:00 pm

Join our faculty for a program information session, followed by an opportunity to hear from current students as they present about recently completed internships! There will be time for questions from the audience as well. 

Speak with our faculty about how our MA in Museum Studies combines traditional academic training with museum practices and practical museum experience in order to prepare students for successful museum careers. Museum Studies students secure internships at museums around the city, and the country.  In these brief presentations, students will explain their expectations for the internship, the work they did, and the skills they learned at their summer internships. Afterward, you have the option to take a campus tour starting at 12:30pm.

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Friday, October 12, 2018 
12:00–4:30 pm
Corcoran Flagg Building

Join current students, alumni and faculty for a Design+Discourse lecture (12:00–1:00 pm) on traditional American coverlets presented by Matthew Monk at the Salon Doré, followed by a program information session (1:15–2:30 pm) led by Visiting Assistant Professor Erin Kuykendall. Afterward, experience a special tour of a local private collection of contemporary craft and British ceramics.

Register Here

Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:00–8:00 pm
Corcoran Flagg Building

Save the date!  More information and a link to register will be available later in the fall.

How to Apply

Each graduate program within the Corcoran School looks for unique qualities within applicants, weighing creative accomplishments and artistic potential with academic record and life experience. Applications are accepted through GW’s online graduate application, but additional materials—such as a portfolio of work—may be required.

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Graduate Admissions Information

For general information about graduate studies at GW and the application process, please visit the GW Graduate Admissions website.

Any questions related to the graduate admissions process for Corcoran programs can be directed to the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate Studies.

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GW Graduate Application

Once you have decided to apply to the Corcoran School, the first step is to start your GW Common Application. The required materials will vary depending on your program of interest, and most request a portfolio in addition to academic records, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose.

Start your application today!

Program-specific Application Requirements

The Corcoran School is an incubator for artists, designers and scholars, who learn from internationally renowned faculty at the intersection of creativity and social innovation. Application requirements vary by program, and most request a portfolio in addition to academic records, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. Whether your creative works are published or unpublished, the selection committee generally focuses on your ideas and imagination. Applicants without backgrounds in art or design often include photography, inspirational images, sketches or any other media that visually represents them. Some programs also interview applicants one-on-one to better understand their artistic vision.

Program-specific requirements can be found by clicking on your program of interest below or by using the GW Program Finder.

Graduate Degrees Admissions Requirements

Application Deadline for Spring and Fall 2019

Art History, MA    

January 15

Classical Acting, MFA

January 15

Decorative Arts & Design History, MA 

October 1 and April 1
[Feb. 1 fellowship consideration]

Exhibition Design, MA

October 1 and April 1
[Feb. 1 fellowship consideration]

Fine Arts, MFA

October 1 and February 1

Interior Architecture, MFA

April 1
[Feb. 1 fellowship + assistantship]

Interaction Design, MA NEW Fall 2018 April 1

Museum Studies, MA

Certificate in Museum Studies

Certificate in Museum Collections Management & Care

October 1 and February 1

Museum Collection Management Care Certificate's priority deadline is July 1 (with consideration through August 1)

New Media Photojournalism, MA

February 1

Production Design, MFA

April 1
[Feb. 1 fellowship consideration]

Social Practices & Public Policy, MFA NEW Fall 2018

TBA

 

 

Visiting Us

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Graduate Admissions Tours

Prospective graduate and professional students are invited to visit GW’s Foggy Bottom campus. Register for a tour by visiting the Graduate Admissions event search page and selecting “Graduate Campus Tours” as the event category.

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Virtual Tour

Navigate GW’s campuses and learn about the university's facilities and history through our Virtual Tour. This online tool offers interactive maps of Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon, downtown D.C. and more!

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GW Resources

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Internships & Jobs

Because of GW’s collaboration with the nation’s most prestigious cultural institutionsas well as internships in museums and top design firmsthe Corcoran School offers opportunities like no other, inspiring students to create art and design with the potential to shape and influence the world beyond. 

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Financial Assistance

We know funding your education can be stressful. Graduate students can fund their education in various ways and often utilize multiple resources. 

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Career Services

The GW Career Center provides career and employment resources—including the GWork job listing service—to graduate students. Whether it’s an internship, work-study position, or finding a part-time job, the GW Career Center offers many online and in-person resources. 

International Services Office

International Services Office

GW is proud to host over 3,300 students, faculty, and staff from over 130 countries. The International Services Office (ISO) is the first stop for the GW international community and helps eliminate administrative challenges when studying in the U.S. ISO advisors host a variety of special events that highlight our diverse international student population. At GW, we are finding new ways to build an inclusive culture!