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.
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.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you cancel forty-five days or more before the beginning of a workshop, you will receive a refund, minus a $100 cancellation fee ($250 for an eight-week workshop). If you request Penland housing and cancel that request – but remain enrolled – forty-five days or more before the beginning of a workshop, you will be refunded the cost of room and board minus a $50 cancellation fee. If you cancel later than forty-five days before the beginning of the workshop, there is no refund of any kind. 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.
Penland registrations are transferable to another person only if the workshop does not have a waiting list. If you wish to transfer your registration, please call the registrar to inquire.
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.