Fall/Spring Registration

Registration Information – Fall 2019/Spring 2020

Registration for fall and spring workshops is open on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration remains open until workshops start.

Fall/Spring Scholarship Information
Standby Application

Once you are enrolled – access your student account

Registration, Deposits, and Fees

Penland regsitration

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and continues until workshops are filled. Spaces are reserved in each Concentration workshop for scholarship students. All registration takes place online. Minimum age is 18.

A $50 registration fee is charged when you apply. You may apply for several sessions at once with one fee. A deposit of $500 per eight-week workshop or $250 per one-week workshop is required to secure a place in each workshop you want to be enrolled in.

Your application will be processed once you have completed your online application and paid the registration fee and appropriate deposits. See note below about waiting lists for full workshops. Scholarship applicants pay a registration fee but no deposit at the time of registration. Apply using our online registration system at the link above.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you cancel thirty days 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 thirty 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.

Waiting Lists

If the workshop you want is full, please call registration at 828-765-2359 to be placed on the waiting list, or e-mail with your contact information and a list of desired workshops to registrar@penland.org. We will contact you if space becomes available.

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 see this page:
Stand-By Information


Penland’s campus is on terrain that is steep and uneven. We are working to make 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 with mobility limitations. Penland will make every effort to provide appropriate housing and program access to people with disabilities to the degree possible without posing an undue hardship on the organization. Students are responsible for requesting appropriate accommodations in advance and helping the school assess how to assist them. Please contact the registrar to discuss housing and access to facilities.

Textiles are taught in second- and third-floor walk-up studios that can be accessed by a stair lift. One metals studio has stairs that compromise access; these metals workshops are coded MA.

Penland Housing

Penland housing is quite simple. Buildings are not air-conditioned—the climate is moderate, and temperatures are cool 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 example photographs of Penland housing here: Penland Housing

Note: we only house people enrolled in workshops.

Off-Campus Students

We recommend staying on campus to maximize your Penland experience. There are frequent evening events and many people choose to do studio work late at night or early in the morning. However, students who live in the area or prefer to find their own lodging may enroll as off-campus students. They can participate in all activities of the session and may select a meal plan when enrolling.

Cost of Materials/Studio Fees

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 workshops require you to bring certain materials and tools with you. Most workshops also have a studio fee for supplies used by the group – expendables, shared supplies, and materials used for demonstrations. It does not include materials used by individual students to make their work; these can either be purchased at the school or brought with you. We will make every effort to notify students in advance if we anticipate a fee in excess of $50 for a one-week workshop or $250 for an eight-week workshop. 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, metals, textiles, books, and printmaking studios for a small rental fee.

Studio Information

Detailed information about Penland’s studios is available at the following link:
About Penland’s Studios

Studio Safety

In many workshops students 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 program; however, students assume the risk of working with tools and materials provided by the school.

College and Teacher Credits

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.

A certificate of course completion is available for a $20 fee.

Teachers interested in Public Education Certificate renewal credits for Penland classes must contact their school board.

Arrival and Departure

Penland is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Spruce Pine, North Carolina, 52 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 between 1:00 and 5:00 pm on Sunday. Sessions begin with an orientation meeting at 5:00 pm. (Scholarship students and studio assistants arrive in time to work on Saturday morning.) Activities end at noon on the last day of the session. (Scholarship students and studio assistants stay one day later.) Housing checkout is time is 2:00 pm.


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.