Academic Records and Transcripts

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i. Transcripts

The Corcoran complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended. Official transcripts will be released only at the written request of the student for a $5 fee per transcript. A Transcript request form is available online at www.corcoran.edu/registrar . Transcripts will not be released if the student has any outstanding bills, charges, library accounts and health/immunization requirements, or if equipment belonging to the College has not been returned. This includes overdue payments of Perkins and Kurtz loans.

ii. Enrollment and Degree Verifications

An Enrollment and Degree Verfication Request form is available online at www.corcoran.edu/registrar .

iii. Course Codes and Numbering

Non-credit courses: 0000-0999
Undergraduate level courses: 1000-4999
Graduate level courses: 5000+


Course prefixes: AA-Aspiring Artists, AH-Art History, AS-Arts and Humanities, BG-Botanic Gardens, BK-Art and the Book, CR-Ceramics, DE-Design, DM-Digital Media, DR-Drawing, ED-Art Education, EX-Exhibition Design, FA-Fine Art, FN-Foundation, GD-Graphic Design, ID-Interior Design, JE-Jewelry, PD-Pre-College, PH-Photography, PJ-Photojournalism, PR-Printmaking, PT-Painting, SL-Sculpture, TR-Transfer course.

iv. Academic Calendar and Credit System

The College operates on a semester system. The academic calendar consists of two 15-week semesters and one summer semester of varying lengths. One credit is equal to one semester hour.

v. Diplomas

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for clearing students for graduation. This may take anywhere from 4–6 weeks after the semester ends. If all grades are not posted, please check with the instructor(s). If verification of degree completion is needed before receipt of diploma, an Enrollment/Degree Verification Request Form, may be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Once a degree is conferred, the Office of Student Affairs will order a diploma, delivery of which may take an additional 6-8 weeks following degree conferral. A diploma will not be released if there are any stops on the student record. Students should immediately update changes in permanent address via the MyProfile tab in MyCorcboard to ensure proper delivery. If a diploma is sent to the address on record and either returned or lost, there will be an additional fee(s) of $10 to re-send and $45 for replacement.

If a diploma is not received 8–12 weeks after the degree conferral date noted on the student's unofficial transcript on MyCorcboard, the Office of Student Affairs studentaffairs@corcoran.org should be contacted.

The diploma is only awarded under the official name on record at the time of graduation. Names cannot be changed after a degree is awarded per college policy.

Alumni who wish to obtain a replacement copy of their diploma must contact the Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@corcoran.org . If the diploma has been damaged, the original must be returned to the Corcoran before a replacement will be mailed. A $45 replacement fee will be charged. Please note that the Office of the Registrar does not keep copies of diplomas on file. There is a 4-6 week turnaround for replacement diplomas to be mailed from the printing company.

vi. Academic Records After Graduation

Students are issued complimentary copies of their official transcripts upon graduation. Students are strongly urged to review these documents for errors, as changes can be made to the academic record only in the two-month period following graduation (see Academic Review Committee for more information).

vii. Historical Accreditation and Institutional Name Change

The Corcoran School of Art was accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design in 1976 and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 1985. The Corcoran School of Art’s name was formally changed to Corcoran College of Art + Design on May 24, 1999. The College’s degree programs are licensed by the District of Columbia’s Educational Licensure Commission.

viii. Past Programs of Study

The College offered a full-time Diploma program, which was instituted during the 1970-1971 academic year and lasted through the 1980-1981 academic year. At the end of the four years of required studies, diploma students received a Diploma in either Fine Arts or Visual Communications. The Diploma Program was not a degree program.

GPA’s were not calculated until the BFA was first offered in Fall 1981.