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Photo by Denny Henry, taken at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University.

Earning a graduate degree at the George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts & Design will spur your creativity as an artist and researcher while you advance to the next stage of your career.

Our faculty provide students with mentorship and expertise, as displayed by our 1,000+ alumni now working in museums, as artists, high-profile designers and performers all over the world. The Corcoran School, located in the heart of Washington, D.C., promotes values of creativity, innovation, and empathy to spur social change and to foster the next generation of leaders.

Part of GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Corcoran functions as an incubator for artists, designers and scholars, who learn at the intersection of creativity and social innovation. There’s no better place to explore freedom of expression than in the nation’s capital, home to many important, world-class cultural institutions. Within this thriving arts scene, you can take advantage of hands-on opportunities to learn and work at prestigious firms and galleries and use the arts for social change.

Graduate programs include:

Expand your artistic knowledge, engage society and gain access to some of the world’s most important cultural institutions and influencers in the heart of the nation’s capital at GW’s Corcoran.

Fall 2019 Applications for most programs are open through April 1. For more information, visit

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