Western North Carolina is fertile ground for craft arts and artists. Over the last 50 years, the area has blossomed into an internationally recognized destination for working artists, craftspeople, shops, galleries and craft education.
Haywood Community College’s Creative Arts programming offers an innovative, affordable, groundbreaking craft education.
- The HCC Craft programs draw students from across the United States and beyond.
- The college’s state-of-the-art, LEED certified, green building is a model for art and craft education.
- The Creative Arts Facility is over 40,000 square feet in size containing both studio and gallery space.
- Class sizes are small, with teacher-student ratios designed for an optimal studio education.
HCC offers a 2-year, degree and diploma seeking intensive course of studies in Clay, Fiber, Jewelry and Wood. Through a unique blend of studio experience, classroom education, and hands-on business experience, degree students achieve the skills necessary to become viable independent studio artists or to become valuable, skilled employees in the expanding craft industry.
HCC offers continuing education classes and workshops in clay, fiber, metals, wood, painting, drawing, and music as well as design and computer classes. These classes are year-round and open to the public. Free business seminars such as Marketing for the Craftsperson are offered throughout the year to prepare students and serve the community with the information necessary to develop or participate in successful craft businesses.