Undergraduate Orientation

Friday, August 23, 1:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Flagg Building at 500 17th St., NW

Welcome to GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts & Design! You are now part of an incredible community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who are at the forefront of the most innovative work, creativity and cultural development happening today.

To welcome you to campus, all first-year and transfer students are invited to attend our undergraduate orientation on Friday, August 23, from 1:30 – 4:45 p.m. Beginning in the Flagg Atrium at 500 17th St., NW, there will be an ice cream social followed by informational programming modified for different programs. This is a chance for you to meet your new classmates, hear about exciting opportunities and gain the essential insights you need to succeed at the Corcoran.

Virtual Tour of Campus  Campus Map


Programming Details:

Please check back here throughout the summer for more details. 

Are you a new undergraduate student at the Corcoran? Join us for an ice cream social to welcome first-year and transfer students to #CorcLife! Meet on the Flagg Building's 2nd floor (called the Bridge) and get to know your fellow students from across the Corcoran. Both Kym Rice, Interim Director of the Corcoran, and Rachel Riedner, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, will attend this event to welcome all new incoming students. After the dessert, starting between 2:00 – 2:30 p.m., you'll meet the faculty members and advisors that will help you navigate the Corcoran, learn about your first-year courses, get a chance to ask them what's on your mind and then tour the Corcoran buildings essential to your program.


Friday, August 23, 2019, 1:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Location: Meet on the Bridge (2nd floor atrium) of the Flagg Building at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design (500 17th St., NW) between 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

After dessert, each program will break out into groups. If you do not see your program listed below yet, do not worry! Other schedules are coming soon

Orientation Schedule for Corcoran Art, Design and Photo Students:

1:30-2:00 p.m.: Ice Cream Social

This event is an opportunity to meet your peers as well as Kym Rice, the Interim Director of the Corcoran School.

2:00-2:45 p.m.: Introductions

After dessert, you will meet with Program Heads and Undergraduate Advisors, the key people that will help you navigate your academic journey here at the Corcoran. You will also be given a brief overview of the Foundations courses which will make up the bulk of your first-year course load.

2:45-3:00 p.m.: Q&A

After introductions there will be a brief Q&A where students will have the chance to ask questions to the Program Heads, Undergraduate Advisors and Foundations professor.

3:00-4:45 p.m.: Tour

As studio arts students, your tour of the Corcoran will include spaces in the Flagg Building, Gelman Library, the Corcoran Collection and Smith Hall of Art. Once the tour is complete, students are welcome to join faculty and students for a BBQ on the Main Campus at 5:30 p.m.

Orientation Schedule for Corcoran Interior Architecture Students:

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.: Ice Cream Social

This event is an opportunity to meet with your peers as well as Kym Rice, the Interim Director of the Corcoran School. 

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.: Meet with Professor Travis

Interior Architecture students will break off from the rest of the art and design students to meet with Stephanie Travis, Associate Professor and Program Head for Interior Architecture. Professor Travis will show samples of student work and answer questions about the Interior Architecture program. 

3:00 - 4:45 p.m.: Tour

Interior Architecture students will then meet back up with the rest of the art and design students for a tour of the Corcoran including spaces in the Flagg Building, Gelman Library, the Corcoran Collection and the Smith Hall of Art.

Orientation Schedule for Corcoran Art History Students:

Following dessert, Bibiana Obler, Associate Professor of Art History, will provide a tour of her current exhibition at the Flagg Building entitled "Fast Fashion / Slow Art." Students will then be led by Mika Natif, Associate Professor and Faculty Advisor for Art History, through the Smith Hall of Art to view and become familiar with the art history facilities. 

Orientation Schedule for Corcoran Theatre and Dance Students:

Following dessert, Matt Wilson, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Advisor for Theatre, along with a dance faculty member, will provide information for students about the program. They will be able to answer all questions about upcoming performances, auditions and classes.


Other Opportunities:


Music Open House

Friday, August 23, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Phillips B-120

Join the GW Music program, the GW Bands, the GW Orchestra and the GW University Singers to learn about the plethora of musical opportunities at GW! This event is open to majors, minors and all first-years at the university.


Theatre and Dance Open House

Friday, August 23, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Building XX, Room 202 

Join the GW Theatre and Dance program to learn more about performance opportunities at GW! This event is open to majors, minors, all first years and current students at the university. Faculty members will be there to answer questions about upcoming performances, auditions and classes.

Ensemble Auditions

September 3 - 5

Are you interested in joining the GW Bands, the GW Orchestra and/or the GW University Singers? Auditions will be held during the second week of the fall semester. Complete this interest form to be sent audition information.


Fall Dance Program Auditions

Thursday, September 5, 7:00 p.m.

Location: Building J Dance Studio

Do you want to dance in a guest artist, faculty and/or student work this semester? Program auditions will be held on September 5 for the Fall Dance Concert, the largest dance event of the Corcoran season.