Undergraduate Programs



We educate the next generation of artists and leaders who are ready to make an impact.



The Corcoran School challenges students to investigate how art functions as a form of creative and intellectual inquiry. Our undergraduate students consistently push the boundaries of creativity through their work by expanding the characteristics that define their artistry.  As a student at the Corcoran, not only do we encourage you to think unconventionally, but we help you get there, giving you the tools and critical thinking skills for a lifetime of innovative creative practice.




Our faculty are practicing artists and scholars who believe that a core part of their work is teaching thinkers, makers and artists through individual attention and critique. Situated in the heart of Washington, D.C., which boasts world-class museums, venues and a thriving arts community, you can use our location to draw inspiration and explore careers connected to the arts, policy and beyond. As part of a major research university, you have the chance to collaborate across disciplines in areas you never considered. In addition, you benefit from access to some of the most prestigious startups, galleries and design firms in the world, with opportunities to show your work in spaces across campus and beyond.

We offer the following undergraduate degrees:



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“My dream is to author and illustrate books. GW not only prepared me for that dream but matured me as an artist and a person. My instructors were real-world artists who knew what the art scene was really like out there. My work was featured in exhibitions, and I was introduced to contemporary artists like Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald who created the National Portrait Gallery paintings of, respectively, Barack and Michelle Obama. So now I’m picturing that dream and I’m thinking about all the things I can do and all the new experiences I can have. There’s nothing but good things coming for me.”

- Kyle Marcus Bryant, Fine Arts