All degree seeking students can find the name of their advisor on MyCorcboard. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors as often as needed, but must meet with their assigned advisor each semester during registration periods to review their academic progress and discuss a program of study for the upcoming semester. Advisors can help identify scheduling problems, ensure proper credit load, and help with elective course selection. Issues that cannot be resolved through an advisor should be brought to the attention of the director of academic advising. If further assistance is needed, students should contact the registrar, and finally, the dean of enrollment.
Professional and peer tutoring are available at the Writing Centers, located at the Downtown and the Georgetown campuses. The tutorial sessions address common issues with reading, writing, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and college study skills. Students can either schedule an appointment or drop in unannounced. This free tutorial service is open to all Corcoran degree-seeking students. For more information, please contact Nolana Yip, director of the writing center, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Corcoran College of Art + Design understands that an undergraduate student’s first semester can be intimidating. Through the Student Peer Mentoring Program, students are given a jump-start during the semester to studio and scholastic endeavors through academic preparation, career exploration, cultural awareness guidance, conflict resolution guidance, and service learning projects. This exposure will enable students to cope with the pressures of student life, gain self-management skills, and gain an appreciation for studio and academic excellence. For more information, please contact the coordinator of peer mentoring program at email@example.com .
In efforts to support our students, regardless of religious affiliation, in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, the Corcoran makes every effort to accommodate a student’s religious background, except when such accommodation(s) would create undue hardship.
An undue hardship can occur when a student’s requested accommodation would require significant expense or difficulty for the Corcoran, or would result in the inability of the student to perform an essential function in their course/program of study. The determination of undue hardship is dependent on the facts of each individual situation. Regardless of any granted accommodation (religious or otherwise), students are responsible for fulfilling all academic objectives, requirements and prerequisites as determined by their instructor and the Corcoran.
Students must fill out the Request for Accommodation form and give the form to the chair or program director. The student and their chair or program director should discuss what a reasonable accommodation should include in his or her specific case. The student should be prepared to speak candidly with their instructor which may include personal and/or cultural information.
Upon a reasonable accommodation and mutual agreement, the form is then sent to the Office of Student Affairs and implemented. If there is no consensus on a reasonable accommodation, they should then speak with the dean of students for a resolution suitable for both parties.
The Americans with Disabilities Act became law in July 1990. Section 504, referred to as the “Civil Rights Act” for people with disabilities, mandates that “no otherwise qualified handicapped individual shall, solely by reason of his or her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” The Corcoran is committed to upholding the legal, ethical, and philosophical principles of the Americans with Disabilities Act by providing reasonable accommodations and by making admission decisions without regard to disabilities. The Corcoran is not required to provide all comprehensive accommodations requested by the student. Also, receiving services and accommodations at another college or university does not necessarily qualify students for the same services and accommodations at the Corcoran.
Students are encouraged to disclose any disabilities during the first semester at the Corcoran, but can do so at any point while enrolled at the College. Accommodations can only be given after disclosure from the student and will not be applied retroactively. The learning specialist will work with students with disabilities and their instructors to choose the most appropriate accommodations. To be eligible, the student must complete the registration form and a copy of his or her documentation verifying his or her disability to the Office of Student Affairs.
Accommodations are decided by considering the following: student’s Self Report via registration form, interaction with the learning specialist, and formal documentation of disability as reported by a physician, mental health professional, or otherwise qualified service provider. The learning specialist will consider any information (including but not limited to your description of your needs; records of past accommodations and services from high school, other college state or high stakes testing; formal psychological or medical evaluations, letters from past health, education or service providers) when evaluating requests for accommodation. Students must request accommodations every semester while enrolled at the Corcoran. Students are also responsible for requesting their accommodations directly from their course instructors on an as-needed basis once they are formally registered with Disability Services. If you need a test proctor, please provide the learning specialist with one week advance notice, to allow for room scheduling and hiring of proctors.
Examples of possible accommodations the Corcoran can provide are:
NOTE: The Corcoran Downtown Campus has no parking lot and not access to parking.
The ADA does not require colleges to provide personal assistants, individual personal assistants, individual personal tutors, or personal assisted technology. The Corcoran will refer students to agencies that can provide personal assistance whenever possible. BFA programs are full-time and sequential for all four years. Academic requirements must be met successfully before a student may advance to other sequential courses. Accommodations will not reduce academic expectations or standards, or eliminate essential components of any course and are provided to ensure equal access tot he student's instructional program and will not alter the academic standards of the institution, but will ensure that the needs of students with disabilities are reasonably met. Finally, accommodations are not retroactive. Students and their families are advised to carefully evaluate the Corcoran’s program and available accommodations before deciding to enroll, as all responsibility to obtain and continue using assistance rests with the student once he or she enters the Corcoran’s degree program. The student is expected to act as his or her own educational advocate.
The Office of Career Services’ mission is to equip students and alumni with the knowledge, skills and resources needed to navigate the job market successfully. Career Services offers a variety of services and resources to help students and alumni further their goals in their chosen career paths including:
A career counseling appointment is a great way to start a conversation about what is important to you and explore your options and strategies. Students may schedule individual appointments with the Career Services Specialist by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
An internship offers experiential learning outside of the classroom in a professional setting. Career Services can help you to secure an internship site and assist you in the registration process.
Career Services offers various workshops and special programs on many professional development topics. Additional services include: an up-to-date online job database, grant, competition & residency information, graduate school advising, an extensive library featuring books on hundreds of professional development topics and more.
The Office of Career Services is located at the downtown campus within the Office of Student Affairs. Individual appointments can be arranged by contacting Career Services at email@example.com .
The Corcoran Library supports the teaching and research goals of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design. Library staff selects books, journals, multimedia, and electronic materials to support students’ educational endeavors. The Library staff communicates, consults, and collaborates with students and faculty; provides one-on-one reference/research assistance in person, by phone, e-mail, and instant messaging; instructs classes on how to effectively use library resources, including bibliographic (e.g. citation) software. Many of the resources, such as the Corcoran Library Online Catalog and subscribed electronic databases, are available on the library website at http://www.corcoran.edu/library.
The Corcoran Library’s collection is a highly specialized art and design collection available to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, the Library’s collection contains general materials in the Arts & Humanities and the Social Sciences. The collection is made up of approximately 35,000 monograph volumes, including a valuable Artists’ Book collection of almost 300 titles, and over 1,400 DVDs and videos. The Library also subscribes to approximately 160 print magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals, as well as more than 40 electronic databases.
The Library offers one-on-one research assistance to Corcoran students. Students are highly encouraged to make an appointment to receive individualized assistance.
The Library provides Wi-Fi and has several outlet stations for students to plug-in their personal notebook computers. In addition, the Library has four public terminals equipped with Internet and Microsoft Word. Students are permitted to check their personal email and write papers on these computers, but due to the limited number of public terminals, priority will be given to students who wish to conduct research.
The purpose of this section is to establish the rules that govern the appropriate use of the Library computers. This policy ensures access and safeguards the rights of all persons using the Library computers. The Library reserves the right to monitor its computer resources to protect the integrity of the computing systems, to track problems, and to insure equal and appropriate access to all Library users. The Library expects a certain level of responsibility and courtesy by all Library users. All computer stations should be used in a responsible manner, respecting the rights of others, and abiding by the local and federal laws. Students should also observe the Information Technology policies in this handbook.
Library research by enrolled students is granted the highest priority. Recreational use and personal communications are given the lowest priority. The Library staff has the right to ask students using the equipment for non-classroom related activities to vacate a computer station for another student who needs it for educational research use.
The following are basic rules for using the Corcoran Library computers:
Note: The Corcoran Library does not supply equipment to store and transport files.
Students witnessing a violation of stated policies should notify a Corcoran Library staff member.
First Violation: A Library staff member will directly tell the user to refrain from the inappropriate actions.
Second Violation: A Library staff member will ascertain the user’s name and write a report describing the violation. One copy will be sent to the student, one copy will be filed in the Library, and a third copy will be sent to the dean of students.
Third Violation: A Library staff member will contact the Student Conduct Committee, which may lead to the loss of computer privileges or legal action. Certain violations of the Library computer policy could constitute a criminal offense.
There are no laws that govern the accuracy or the truthfulness of information on the Internet. Therefore, the Corcoran Library is not responsible for the content, timeliness, or accuracy of the information downloaded from or accessed on the Internet. It is the user’s responsibility to determine the suitability of the content for their research needs. Furthermore, students using materials obtained from the Internet for research must provide citation(s) for the materials.
The following rules must be followed when working in computer-based classrooms and lab environments. No other rules, expressed or implied, shall supersede the rules put forth here for appropriate computer and network utilization.
Smoking, eating, and drinking are not permitted within the lab environment.
IT is not expected to provide support for any privately owned computer equipment on the Corcoran network.
Corcoran student housing is located at 2424 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037, midway between the Corcoran’s Downtown and Georgetown campuses. Each apartment is fully furnished to meet bedroom, study, storage, and dining needs. Apartments feature wall-to-wall carpeting, one private, full-sized bathroom and dressing room, and a kitchen with a suite of full-sized appliances, including a refrigerator, gas stove, microwave, and dishwasher. Housing features a specially designed community room reserved for students and an on-site gym with 24-hour access at no additional fee. A laundry room and vending machines are also available on-site. The front desk is staffed 24 hours-a-day and there is secured, underground bicycle storage for Corcoran students. The cost of housing covers all housing costs includes a private telephone number for each apartment with voicemail and unlimited local calls, internet access, basic cable television, heat, air-conditioning, gas, and electricity. The director of housing and resident assistants are available to assist students.
Rent for a shared apartment with one or two roommates for the 2013-2014 school year is $10,900. Students will be billed $5,450 in July and November. Because the housing contract for Corcoran students covers the academic year, students are not committed to a 12-month lease. Students are not required to pay an application fee, first and last month’s rent as deposit, or be subjected to a credit check. The lease includes placement for both fall and spring semesters. All students wishing to live in housing must turn in a completed application, a $400 security deposit, and a $250 damage deposit.
If a student should lose their room key, they can contact the building’s front desk staff and they can make you a temporary one time access key for $5 or $10 for a new replacement key. These charges will be deducted from the student’s damage deposit at the end of the year.
Returning students will receive secondary priority after the housing deadline for new students has passed. Students requesting a single studio are charged for double occupancy. The Corcoran will make every effort to accommodate the request, but cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled. For information regarding housing accommodations contact the director of housing.
At the end of the fall semester, students must vacate the building 48 hours after their last class for winter break. Students do not have to move possessions out of apartments; however they cannot enter the building for the duration of winter break. At the end of the spring semester, students must move out of housing 48 hours after their last class. Please see the student calendar for specific dates.
Corcoran housing students have two options for parking: secured, underground parking is available directly below Pennsylvania House on a space-available basis. Students must contact Pennsylvania House’s management company, DC Suites, at (202) 331-5000 for arrangements and monthly payments. Alternatively overnight, semester-long parking is available only to housing students at the Corcoran’s Georgetown campus. The flat fee for 2013-2014 is $175 per semester.