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 School 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.

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 system, but additional materials—such as a portfolio of work—may be required.

For details on the general graduate application, please visit the GW Graduate Admissions website.

Any questions related to graduate admissions can be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Application Process

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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. More details can be found in this step-by-step explanation of the application process.

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Application Requirements

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.

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Portfolio Requirements

Portfolio Requirements

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. 

Find portfolio requirements for each program
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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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Visit GW and the Corcoran

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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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Graduate 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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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. 

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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!