Spring Registration Information - 2016

Application, Deposits, and 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.


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


Registration for spring workshops is currently open. Registration remains open until workshops start.


Deposits & Fees

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, 2015 for fall or January 23, 2016 for spring. 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 and Refund Policy

If you cancel forty-five days (thirty days for a one-week workshop) or more before the beginning of a workshop, you will receive a refund, minus a $250 cancellation fee ($100 for a one-week workshop). If you cancel later than forty-five days (thirty days for a one-week workshop) before the beginning of the workshop, there is no refund. This policy also applies to work-study students. If it is necessary for Penland to cancel a workshop, 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 workshops. Any applicant for a full workshop will be placed on the waiting list. No deposit or fees are necessary to hold a space on fall and spring workshop waiting lists.

Stand-By 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 workshop (four weeks before an eight-week session). This offer is also available to all k–12 teachers and college, university, and community college faculty regardless of where they live. For details contact the Penland registrar or see this page:

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 session. Off-campus students may select a meal plan when enrolling. A list of nearby accommodations is on the Visiting Penland page of our website:


Penland’s campus is located on terrain that is steep and uneven. We have made our campus more accessible and housing is available that conforms with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We provide accessible parking for the dining hall, housing, and most studios. Several golf carts are available for students who have mobility limitations. 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 for 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; one of the metals studios has stairs that compromise access.

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.


Housing assignments are made shortly before the session begins. We do our best to match students with the type of housing they request, but this is not always possible, and we cannot honor requests for specific rooms or buildings. You can find photographs of examples of Penland housing in the About Penland section of our website:

Cost of Materials

Tuition does not cover the cost of materials used for students’ own production. (Hot glass tuition does cover the cost of the glass in the furnaces). Most classes require you to bring certain materials and tools with you. There may also be a studio fee for supplies used by the group, and some classes may incur a hazardous waste disposal fee. We will make every effort to notify students in advance if we anticipate a studio fee in excess of $50. Look for this information on your materials list.


Note: flameworking students pay a $100 deposit and a $10 rental fee on their tool kits; optional tool kits are available in the wood and metals studios for a small rental fee.

Studio Information

Detailed information about Penland’s studios is available by request from the Penland office or by clicking here:

Studio Safety

Students should be aware that in many classes they may be working with tools that, if improperly used, can cause injury. A safety tour and information about the proper handling of tools and materials is part of our classes; 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. Charges ($125 per undergraduate credit; $150 per graduate credit) are in addition to Penland’s fees and are subject to change. Students must check with their institution to make sure these credits are transferable. Please contact the registrar if you are interested in college credit. A certificate of course completion is also available for a $20 fee. Teachers interested in receiving Public Education Certificate renewal credits for Penland classes must contact their local school board.

Arrival and Departure

Penland is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Spruce Pine, North Carolina, 53 miles northeast of Asheville. The easiest way to get here is by car, but commercial van service is available from the Asheville airport and bus terminal at the beginning and end of each session for a fee. Plan to arrive at Penland before 5:00 pm on Sunday (work-study and studio assistants arrive a day earlier). Eight-week sessions end on Friday at noon. Plan to leave no later than Saturday morning. (Work-study and studio assistants stay one day later.) One-week sessions end on Saturday at noon.


Drugs and Alcohol

Alcohol is not permitted in the studios. The legal drinking age in North Carolina is 21. Alcohol consumption on campus 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 on campus.)



Students are not permitted to have pets on campus 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 history of unacceptable behavior.

Gift Certificates

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.)