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. More details can be found in this step-by-step explanation of the application process.
The Corcoran School is comprised of a diverse and thriving student body of artistically-inclined individuals. If you are interested in joining our creative community through one of our graduate programs, you will need to submit an application through GW’s online system. The requirements vary by program, but most request a portfolio in addition to academic records, letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose. The exact necessary materials and portfolio requirements can be found by clicking on your program in GW’s Program Finder.
Graduate programs in the Corcoran School each seek a unique type of student, so portfolio requirements vary by program. Whether your creative works are published or unpublished, the selection committee generally focuses on your ideas and imagination.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.
Each year, the Corcoran School participates in Graduate National Portfolio Days in several locations across the country. To learn more, visit our website.
Dates & Deadlines
Corcoran school graduate programs have different priority funding and application deadlines. Certain programs admit students throughout the year, while others only admit students in specific semesters. Please check individual program pages for more information on deadlines for specific programs.
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Because of GW’s collaboration with the nation’s most prestigious cultural institutions—as well as internships in museums and top design firms—the 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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