FAQs for Parents & Families

Information for Parents and Family Members

Can you tell me about the Corcoran?

The Corcoran is the only professional, accredited college of art and design in Washington, D.C., and one of the nation's only museum-college partnerships. We believe the best learning takes place in an environment of genuine camaraderie and communication, where classes are small and students and faculty engage in open and constructive dialogue. Our students benefit from personal attention and one-on-one advising from instructors who provide access to key connections in their fields as they work to achieve individual artistic and academic goals. And with exposure to the world-class museums, cultural activities, and internship opportunities only available in Washington, D.C., graduates of our programs receive an educational experience that is unparalleled anywhere in the country.

What are the transportation options/systems in Washington? Where do students park?

Washington, D.C. offers such excellent public transportation that having a car can be more of a disadvantage than an asset. For more information on Metrorail subway and bus systems, visit www.metroopensdoors.com . For students who choose to drive to campus or keep a car at student housing, the following options are available:

  • Undergraduate students can park at the Georgetown campus with passes purchased by check or money order from the Georgetown campus administrator. Student parking is not available at the Downtown campus.
  • Students living in Corcoran housing may purchase an assigned parking space in the building's secure, underground garage for $180 per month, based on availability.

How do we get to the Corcoran and where do we park?

The Corcoran's Downtown campus is located on the corner of Seventeenth Street and New York Avenue NW, across the street from the White House and Old Executive Office Building. We are just a few blocks from two convenient Metrorail stations: Farragut West on the Orange/Blue lines (take the Seventeenth Street exit), and Farragut North on the Red line (take the K Street exit). Once exiting either station, walk south down Seventeenth Street to reach the Corcoran.

  • Metered street parking is also available in the area from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Parking is free after 10 p.m. on weekdays, and all day Sundays and holidays.
  • Students can reach the Corcoran's Georgetown campus by:
    • Metrobus Routes 30, 32, 34, 35, and 36.
    • The DC Circulator, which stops at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Thirty-fourth Street
    • Metrobus Routes D1 and D2, which stop at Thirty-fifth and S Streets, NW

Where should we stay when we visit the Corcoran?

The Corcoran's campuses are located near a variety of hotels. The following offer the area's more reasonable rates:

  • Best Western
    New Hampshire Suites Hotel
    1121 New Hampshire Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    (800) 762-3777
    Starting at $199 per night
  • The Fairmont
    2401 M Street NW
    Washington, D.C. 20037
    (202) 429-2400
    Starting at $189 per night
  • One Washington Circle Hotel
    One Washington Circle NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    (800) 424-9671
    Starting at $169 per night
  • Residence Inn
    1199 Vermont Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20005
    (800) 331-3131
    Starting at $159 per night

How do I find out about events at the Corcoran Gallery of Art?

Visit the Gallery's website for the most up-to-date information about exhibitions and events.

How can I support the Corcoran?

There are many ways a parent, family member, or friend of a Corcoran student can support the school:

  • Participate in parent activities at the Corcoran.
  • Talk to other parents of students who are considering attending at the Corcoran.
  • Offer internships or assist with career opportunities for students.
  • Financially support student scholarships and/or academic departments
  • Become a Member of the Corcoran. (link to Membership page)

Please e-mail to studentaffairs@corcoran.org and let us know how you would like to become involved in our community. We look forward to hearing from you.

Who is my child's academic advisor?

All students pursuing a degree at the Corcoran work with a personal faculty advisor who will guide them through decisions related to scheduling, registration, internships, and other academic issues. Your child's advisor will be printed on the top corner of their schedule of classes. The director of academic advising oversees the entire advising process and is available to meet with students by appointment.

Can you tell me about the accomplishments of the faculty and alumni?

Because of the Corcoran's reputation as one of the only colleges with a museum affiliation, we are able to attract instructors and visiting artists who are among today's most prominent and celebrated talents. Our faculty are art historians, playwrights, novelists, designers, poets, lecturers and internationally noted artists. They have been published The New York Times, ARTnews, New Art Examiner, Art Issues, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, among other outlets.

Our alumni are equally impressive and include Tara Donovan, 2008 MacArthur Fellow; Tim Gunn, American fashion expert; Leigh Holliday, mixed-media artist and fine arts teacher for children with disabilities; and David Lynch, filmmaker, painter, composer, and performance artist, and other artistic talents. Our alumni often return to the Corcoran often to connect with students and share insights on their careers and artistic experiences.

Where should my child buy art supplies or books?

There are several recommended supply stores within walking distance of the Corcoran, including:

  • Utrecht Art and Drafting Supplies
    1250 I Street NW (Metro Center station)
    (202) 898-0555
  • Plaza Artist Materials, Inc.
    1990 K Street NW
    (202) 331-7090
    NOTE: 20% student discount awarded with valid ID
  • Chrome
    3247 Q Street NW (Georgetown Connector Bus)
    (202) 333-3270
  • Penn Camera
    1015 Eighteenth Street NW
    (202) 785-7366
    NOTE: 10% student discount given on certain items with valid ID

Where are grades sent? How long should it take to finish a degree?

Student grades and course descriptions are posted on CORCboard, the College's internal website. Grades will not be mailed to a local or permanent address. Students will learn how to access and navigate the CORCboard site during orientation.
Associate of Fine Arts programs are part-time and require 66 credits that students can take up to six years to complete. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees are full-time, four-year programs requiring 120 credits.

What should we know about the Corcoran's safety and security on campus and in Washington?

Our security policies support a safe campus environment. While both Corcoran campuses are located in some of Washington, D.C.'s safest neighborhoods, we take security very seriously and encourage students to always be aware of their surroundings. The College offers free emergency text messaging alerts via the Alert DC system, which provides immediate notification and updates during a major crisis or emergency. Alerts can be delivered to e-mail accounts, cell phones, or wireless PDAs. Although the service is free, standard text messaging rates apply. You may sign up for the Alert DC service at https://textalert.ema.dc.gov or at studentaffairs@corcoran.org .

What happens if my child gets sick and needs urgent medical attention?

Before your child arrives on campus, we strongly urge you to contact your health insurance for the most up-to-date list of in-network area providers your child can turn to if they get sick or injured. The Office of Student Affairs provides students with a listing of medical options and emergency instructions during orientation. One of the benefits of our location in a major city is quick access to high-quality medical care.

What counseling and other professional treatment services are available?

Please contact the Dean of Students in the Office of Student Affairs for psychological or psychiatric referrals.

What grocery and food options are available near campus?

Although there is no official meal plan at the Corcoran, student housing apartments include fully equipped kitchens to make it easy for students to prepare their own meals. The Corcoran Café located within the Gallery offers students a 10 percent discount. In addition, students with valid ID can take advantage of discounts offered at many restaurants around the Downtown campus. Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and other grocery stores are near Corcoran facilities. Students will receive a full list of restaurants and grocery stores at orientation.