Five arts departments within the Columbian College will join the newly structured Corcoran School.
By Julyssa Lopez
The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design has announced that as part of its new governance structure, ratified by a Corcoran faculty vote in February, five departments within the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences will join the Corcoran School, which has been reorganized into seven new academic programs.
The Corcoran School itself, similar to the School of Media & Public Affairs as well as the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration, remains part of the broader Columbian College.
Within the Corcoran School, the former departments of Fine Arts and Art History; Music, Theatre and Dance; Museum Studies and Interior Architecture and Design are being reorganized and merged with legacy Corcoran programs. The new Corcoran will consist of: Art History; Interior Architecture; Music; Theatre and Dance; Studio Arts; Museum Studies and Design.
In addition to renovations within several Corcoran buildings, faculty and staff of the newly organized Corcoran School have been working throughout the summer to implement the new structure while moving into new roles and within the school.
“These are exciting times for the Corcoran,” Corcoran School Director Sanjit Sethi said. “The passage of school bylaws came with a tremendous degree of faculty buy-in and engagement, and the thoughtful feedback from the CCAS dean's office. We start off this academic year with the task of creating a truly engaged and interdisciplinary creative community. I'm looking forward to working with the executive committee, the academic committee and the rest of the Corcoran faculty in the years ahead as we create the finest school of the arts and design in the country.”