Corcoran College of Art and Design
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Registration Policies

Register Early!
Late Registration Period
Wait Lists
Third-Party Registrations

Course Cancellations and Changes
Change of Enrollment Status
Add/Drop Policy
Withdrawal Policy

Admission Requirements
Admission Requirements for Graduate Courses
Age Requirements for Youth Programs
International Students



Students are strongly encouraged to register early in order to secure a seat in their chosen courses. Many courses fill quickly and close before the registration period ends. Conversely, courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment. Please note that some classes have prerequisite coursework or require instructor approval prior to the student's completion of registration. Students may not attend class until they have registered and paid tuition and fees in full.



The late registration period begins approximately 2 weeks before the start or the semester. While there currently is not a financial penalty for registering late, the likelihood that a class will be cancelled or filled increases significantly.

For semester long courses students may register late until the third class meeting. For classes meeting 7 or more sessions, students may register late until the second class. For classes meeting fewer than 6 sessions students must register prior to the first class meeting. Registering after the class has begun does not reduce the cost of tuition and fees.



Once a course’s pre-set limit for the maximum number of students has been reached, the course is closed to new registrants. Individuals interested in the course may submit their registrations, but will be placed on a wait list in the Office of the Registrar. A student on a wait list is in no way considered a registrant and may not attend class without registering in full with clearance from the Office of the Registrar.

Wait-listed students will be contacted if space becomes available in the order they were placed on the waitlist. In fairness to other wait-listed students, the College can hold a space for only 24 hours after contacting the wait-listed student. After 24 hours, the next student on the wait list will be offered the open space.



The Corcoran cannot accept third-party (i.e., for spouse, friend, relative, adult child etc.) registrations or changes of enrollment status for students 18 years of age and older. Third-party registration information includes “personally identifiable information,” and is a violation of the College’s privacy policy.



The Corcoran College of Art + Design reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any course or to change the instructor. See Tuition and Fees Policies for details.



Any changes in credit or audit status must be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar before the third class meeting. Phone requests or changes discussed with faculty members or Corcoran staff members are not accepted. All changes are effective when received and processed in the Office of the Registrar. Add/Drop Forms are available on the Continuing Education forms page.



Any changes in a student's schedule, including a change in credit status, adding a class or dropping a class, must be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar before the third class meeting for classes meeting six or more times and before the second class for all other courses and workshops. Phone requests or changes discussed with faculty members or Corcoran staff members are not accepted. All changes are effective when received and processed in the Office of the Registrar. See Fees and Related Policies for details about refunds for dropped classes. Add/Drop Forms are available online at



The last day to withdraw from a credit class with a grade of W is 10 calendar weeks after the first day of classes. A grade of W is recorded if a drop request is received after the third class meeting and prior to the W deadline, and is not calculated into the student’s GPA. Students may later re-enroll in withdrawn courses. Continuing Education students are not eligible for retroactive withdrawals following the withdrawal deadline. No refund will be issued to students who have withdrawn.



Students enrolling in adult Continuing Education courses must be at least 18 years of age and have graduated from high school or have received a GED. For courses where prerequisites are required, students should ensure that they have met these stipulations by obtaining written approval from the Continuing Education Advisor, who can be contacted at The College reserves the right to remove any student whose prior course of study proves to be insufficient for success in a class.



Continuing Education students who wish to enroll in Graduate level courses must verify that they have completed an undergraduate degree. To enroll in a graduate level courses, please submit an official undergraduate transcript showing proof of a Bachelor's degree prior to registration. Official transcripts must be sent to:
Office of the Registrar
Corcoran College of Art + Design
500 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006



Students enrolling in Pre-College classes and programs must meet the specified age requirements unless a special waiver has been granted from the Continuing Education Advisor. Occasionally, exceptions to the age requirements are granted for extraordinary youths who demonstrate both exceptional maturity and artistic talent. Special exceptions are granted for one specific course and may not carry over to other courses or semesters. To request an age exception, the student’s parent or guardian should read the Pre-College minimum age requirement FAQ and email

Please note that we are not able to waive the minimum age requirement for students under 18 to allow them to attend adult Continuing Education courses.



Continuing Education registration does not satisfy the requirements of the F-1 status. Students with a valid visa are welcome to register. Students for whom English is a second language may be asked to provide a copy of their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

The Corcoran is not able to assist Continuing Education students with visa questions or issues. Continuing Education students who require proof of successful course completion must enroll in a for-credit course and request an official transcript. Please note that students enrolled in non-credit classes or auditing credit classes are not eligible for a transcript, nor can the Corcoran provide a letter or other written documentation stating that the student has successfully completed a course