Corcoran College of Art and Design

Summer Residential Programs


Designed for students who reside beyond the Washington metropolitan area and for local students who want to sample a college environment, the residential programs include housing at Georgetown University, all meals, and a full schedule of evening and weekend activities.

Past activities have included a tour of the monuments; a Nationals game; visits to the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian museums, and a performance at the Kennedy Center; and the use of Georgetown University’s recreational facilities. Students are supervised at all times by faculty members, teaching assistants, or residential assistants and are required to be in the dorm by a 10 p.m. curfew each night.

For details about the program download our Summer 2014 Pre-College Brochure and read the information below.


Portfolio Development
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Focus on Photojournalism
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Focus on Fine Art Photography
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The residential program is held during session C.
For specific dates see our Academic Calendar.


Program activities and required events will be scheduled in the evenings and on the weekend for all residential students.


Students check in on Sunday between 2 and 5 p.m. and check out either on Friday at 7 p.m. immediately after the closing exhibition or by 10 a.m. on Saturday. Details about the check in and out process, as well as the residential program as a whole, are provided to enrolled students prior to the start of the program.


Washington D.C. is easily accessible by plane, train, or car. Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the Corcoran, including transportation from the airport or train stations. In June, details will be provided in the welcome packet sent to students enrolled in the residential program. If you have any questions about travel arrangements, please feel free to email

We strongly recommend that residential students, including international students, who intend to fly to Washington, arrange for a flight to D.C. Reagan National Airport, as it is the closest, most convenient, airport to the Corcoran and the dorms. You will need to arrange transportation from the airport to the Corcoran for check in. For your reference, a taxi ride from Reagan National Airport to the Corcoran is generally about 15-20 minutes and usually costs less than $40 with tip.

Families who plan to drive to D.C. to drop off their student can find general directions here

Students traveling by train should plan to arrive at Union Station. For your reference, a taxi ride from Union Station to the Corcoran is generally about 15-20 minutes and usually costs approximately $15-20 with tip.


Additional information regarding what to bring may be included in the welcome packet mailed to residential students.

  • Photo ID: All students are required to bring a valid, government issued, photo identification card with their full name, date of birth and photo. Students who do not have a valid passport, drivers license or learner's permit, should obtain a non-driver identification card.
  • Social Security Number: Students should memorize their social security number. We recommend that students DO NOT bring their social security card with them.
Art Supplies*
All supplies will be provided by the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Students may bring supplemental materials if they wish.

Residential Supplies*
Linens, a pillow, and towels will be provided. Students should plan bring the following supplies:
  • All toiletries
  • Bathrobe
  • Comfortable walking shoes and/or sneakers (more than one pair)
  • Summer-appropriate clothing
  • Sweater or similar to wear in air conditioned buildings
  • Day pack (such as a backpack, messenger bag, or similar)
  • Umbrella
  • Spending money for incidentals (snacks, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Cab Fare (if traveling by plane or train)
Additional, recommended items:
  • Towel from home
  • A familiar pillow or pillowcase from home can be comforting for some students traveling away from home for the first time
  • Cell phone
We strongly urge students to plan ahead for walking around in the summer heat. The average summer temperature in Washington, D.C. is 90 degrees, and the humidity is high. Make sure to pack clothes and shoes that you would feel comfortable walking around in this type of weather!

*Individual programs, electives or evening workshops may have additional items that are required (such as a camera for the photography programs, or closed-toe shoes for sculpture elective and workshops); those specifics will be included in the welcome packet sent to each enrolled student.


International students with a valid visa and demonstrated proficiency in the English language are welcome to register. Please note that enrollment in the Pre-College program does not satisfy the requirements of F-1 status and the Corcoran is not able to assist Pre-College students with obtaining visas in order to attend the program.


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Important Dates

June 30
Summer Session I (5 Weeks) ends

June 23
Priority registration deadline for summer session II classes.

July 7
Summer Session II (5 Weeks) begins

July 10
Summer Session II (5 Weeks) 
and Full Summer Session ends (10 Weeks)