Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

Interim Director Kym Rice

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design bridges the University’s academically robust programs in the arts with Corcoran’s creative and inspired scholarship. Part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the School functions as an incubator for artists and practitioners in arts-related fields, and serves to enrich students who are taking classes in other areas of the University. As such, it provides a platform for engagement that bridges creative expression and practical application with the breadth and depth of the larger liberal arts education.

Program heads

Catherine Anderson—Design, including undergraduate graphic design and interaction design and graduate exhibition design and interaction design
Robert Baker—Dance, music, and theater (including classical acting)

Barbara von Barghahn—Art history

Dean Kessmann—Studio arts, including fine art, fine art photography, photojournalism, new media photojournalism, and social practice

Stephanie Travis—Interior architecture
Laura Schiavo—Museum studies and decorative arts and design history

Faculty advisors

Catherine Anderson—Interior Architecture (graduate)
Andrea Hunter Dietz—Exhibition design

Matt Eich—Photojournalism (undergraduate)
Carl Gudenius—Production Design
Phil Jacks—Art history (graduate)
Leslie Jacobson—Classical acting

Erin Kuykendall—Decorative arts and design history
Jae Rhim Lee—Interaction design (graduate)
Katherine Lee—Fine Art, Fine Art Photography, Dual BA in Fine Art and Art History (all undergraduate)
Maria del Carmen Montoya—Fine art (graduate) and social practice
Eugene Montague—Music
Mika Natif—Art history (undergraduate)
Kevin Patton—Interaction design (undergraduate)

Johan Severtson—Graphic design
Susan Sterner—New media photojournalism (graduate)
Nadia Volchansky—Interior architecture (undergraduate)
Matt Wilson—Theatre
Maida Withers—Dance

Visit the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design website for additional information.


Visit the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design website for a list of current faculty.

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000s to 4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office

Some of the courses listed below may not correspond with a degree program. For example, ceramics is not a degree program, ceramics courses are part of the fine arts program. See the faculty advisor for guidance regarding courses.