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Fall Registration Information - 2014

Penland welcomes serious students of all levels of experience--absolute beginner to professional. We seek a diverse student population representing varied experiences, backgrounds, professions, and age groups (minimum age 18). Some classes are tailored for beginners and some require experience; most welcome a range of skill levels. Admission is first-come/first-served unless noted otherwise in the course description.

Penland accepts students regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender, gender identification, or sexual orientation.

Deposits & Fees

Penland welcomes serious students of all levels of experience—absolute beginners to professionals. We seek a diverse student population representing varied experiences, backgrounds, professions, and age groups (minimum age 18). Some workshops are tailored for beginners, some require experience, but most welcome a range of skill levels. Admission is first-come/first-served unless noted otherwise.

A nonrefundable $50 processing fee is charged when you apply (you may apply for fall and spring with one application). A deposit of $500 per workshop is required ($250 for a one-week workshop). The balance of your fees will be due on August 15, 2014. Applicants for work-study and studio assistantships pay a processing fee but no deposit when registering. Registration is by mail or fax or using our online registration form.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

If you cancel forty-five days (thirty days for a one-week class) or more before the beginning of a class, you will receive a refund minus a $250 cancellation fee ($100 for a one-week class). If you cancel later than forty-five days (thirty days for a one-week class) before the beginning of the class, there is no refund. This policy also applies to work-study scholarship students. If it is necessary for Penland to cancel a class, students will be notified and offered another class or a full refund. We cannot be responsible for nonrefundable airline tickets.

Waiting Lists

Waiting lists are maintained for all filled classes. Any applicant for a full class will be placed on the waiting list. No deposit (other than the $50 processing fee) is necessary to hold a space on the waiting list.

Standby Program

Residents of certain counties in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee are offered half-price tuition when they take unfilled spaces less than two weeks before the beginning of a one or two week class, or four weeks before the beginning of an eight-week concentration. This offer is also available to all K-12 teachers and current college, university, or community college faculty, regardless of where they live.

Off-Campus Students

Students who live in the area or prefer to find their own lodging are welcome to enroll as off-campus students and may participate in all activities of the Penland session. Off-campus students should select a meal plan when enrolling.


Penland’s historic campus is located on terrain that is steep and uneven. We are working to make our campus more accessible and we have several units of housing that conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act. We provide accessible parking for the dining hall, housing, and most studios.

Penland will make every effort to provide appropriate housing and program access to people with known disabilities to the degree possible without posing an undue hardship to the organization. People with disabilities are responsible for requesting appropriate accommodations and helping the school assess how best to assist them. Please contact the registrar to discuss housing and access to studios and other facilities.Textiles classes are taught in second- and third-floor walk-up studios.


Penland Housing

Penland housing is quite simple. Buildings are not air-conditioned—the climate is moderate and you can count on cool temperatures at night. Furnishing is basic: a bed and a place to put your clothes. Dormitories have four to fifteen beds per room (no bunks). Some of our housing is located one-half mile from the center of campus. Many folks welcome the extra walk, but please let us know if this will present a physical hardship for you. We do our best to match students with the type of housing they request, but this is not always possible. Housing assignments are made shortly before the session begins.


Cost of Materials

Tuition does not cover the cost of materials used for students’ own production (hot glass tuition does include glass in the furnaces). Many materials and tools can be purchased through the school. Most classes also require that you bring certain materials and tools with you. There will be a fee for supplies used by the group, and some classes incur a hazardous waste disposal fee. We will make every effort to notify students if a studio fee in excess of $50 is anticipated.

Studio Safety

In many classes students may be working with tools which, if improperly used, can cause injury. Classes include a required safety tour and information about the proper handling of tools and materials. However, students assume the risk of working with tools and materials provided by the school.


College and Teacher Credits

Undergraduate and graduate credit may be earned at Penland through Western Carolina University (nine credit hours for an eight-week workshop; two credit hours for a one-week workshop). Charges ($55 application fee plus $125 per undergraduate credit or $150 per graduate credit) are in addition to Penland’s fees and are subject to change. A certificate of course completion is also available. Teachers interested in receiving Public Education Certificate renewal credits should contact their school board.


Drugs and Alcohol--Alcohol is not permitted in the studios. The legal drinking age in North Carolina is 21. Consumption of alcohol is subject to critically important limitations. The use of illegal drugs while at Penland is strictly prohibited. We cannot tolerate behavior that jeopardizes your safety or the safety of others.

Personal Property--Penland is not responsible for the security of property belonging to students, instructors, or staff. Lockers are available.

Pets--Students are not permitted to have pets with them while at Penland.

Unacceptable Behavior--Penland reserves the right to dismiss any student, without refund, for behavior that is disruptive to the community learning and living environment. Penland may refuse admission to students with a past history of unacceptable behavior.

Gift Certificates and Tender Cards

Gift Certificates are available for classes (covering tuition and/or other fees) or for gallery purchases. Electronic gift certificates can be delivered to your recipients by e-mail within one business day of your order. We can also send a paper certificate if you prefer. (Individuals redeeming gift certificates for the cost of classes must follow normal application and registration procedures including the lottery.)