Once You Are Enrolled

We’re delighted that you have decided to take a class at Penland. Here is information that you may find helpful.

STUDENTS – Access your student account


Student Handbook
Please read before you come to Penland.

Directions and Map
Information for those arriving by car.

Traveling to Penland PDF
Information about arrival and ground transportation for those who are flying.


Penland is currently planning to run a special May session and seven sessions of summer workshops. In order to operate safely with students, instructors, and staff on campus, we will be modifying aspects of our programming including meals, housing, class sizes, and studio layouts. Please see this page for the most recent updates and refer to our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for detailed information.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We have updated our cancellation policy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new policy is as follows:

To prioritize the safety of our community, our cancellation policy has been modified. If you need to cancel your enrollment at any time up to the day of arrival you will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee.

This policy is intended to provide maximum flexibility so that everyone can prioritize health and safety free from financial considerations. Last-minute cancellations do present a financial hardship for Penland, though, so we ask that you please communicate with as much notice as possible if your plans are disrupted.

If there is a possible case of COVID-19 and Penland, under the direction of the local health authorities, must ask you to isolate for a period of time, you will receive a prorated refund for missed studio time (but not room and board). If you need to leave your workshop early because you have a confirmed COVID-19 infection, or if the session is ended prematurely by Penland, you will receive a prorated refund of all the costs of your workshop. Once your workshop begins, there will be no refunds or credits given for any other reason.

College Credit Information

Penland students can receive college credit through Western Carolina University (WCU) through the procedure outlined below.

Fees: $175 per junior and senior level undergraduate credit, $200 per graduate credit, $65 application fee. (These fees are subject to change without notice.)

Credit Hours: 1 credit for 1 week of study; up to 3 for  2 or 2-and-a-half weeks; 9 credits for 8 weeks.

Contact Hours: Students must have at least 30 contact hours per credit hour earned.

You must pre-enroll before you arrive at Penland:
Undergraduate students must be eligible for upper level studio art course at their home institution (junior and senior level).   Check with your degree program to be sure that credit you obtain from WCU will transfer. Please contact the Penland registrar for an enrollment packet.  Students must have all enrollment materials submitted to the Penland registrar at least  three weeks before your workshop begins. If you do not pre-enroll before your workshop, you will not be able to obtain credit.

If applying for graduate credit, you should apply to WCU online as a graduate transfer student not obtaining a degree from Western at:


Once you have completed the online enrollment process for graduate credit, please notify the Penland registrar to complete the enrollment process. The process must be completed at least  three weeks before your workshop begins.

Penland workshop instructors are hired for their artistic and teaching abilities and do not always have the requisite degrees to teach college level courses. Therefore, Penland’s college credit program is managed by a person with the requisite degree, a terminal degree in studio art. This person will meet with all students at orientation to distribute a syllabus and expectations for the workshop. They will also evaluate the individual effort at the conclusion of the workshop and submit the earned grade. The workshop instructor will not be responsible for grading or the earning of college credits. Grading information is provided to Western Carolina University by the Penland registrar’s office.