HCC offers 2-year intensive courses of study in Clay, Fiber, Jewelry and Wood.
Course work in each program is carefully designed to provide a firm foundation in studio technique, with design and craft history classes offered to give a thorough comprehension of the craft experience.
In complement to the core craft course, students take classes in marketing, studio and business planning, and craft photography. This blend of studio craft and business courses prepares the student to achieve the skills necessary to become viable independent studio artists or to become valuable, skilled employees in the expanding craft industry.
Each studio and all classes are led by dedicated working craftspeople that are highly skilled in their respective area. Each one is noted and celebrated for their mastery of craft as well as their devotion to craft education.
Class sizes are small, with teacher-student ratios designed for an optimal studio education.
Students are encouraged to join the Haywood Studios, a student organization that expands student learning outside the classroom by organizing marketing opportunities such as fairs and sales.
Students may choose from an Associate of Applied Science Degree or Diploma.
Successful completion of the program is highlighted with a graduate show in a prestigious craft gallery. The Graduate Exhibition is a highly anticipated, juried exhibit, which represents students’ culmination of study and celebrates their commencement into the crafts community.
The curriculum incorporates REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) programming in an approach to marketing and small business development.
The Professional Crafts programs are affiliated with HandMade in America, the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design.
Through a unique blend of studio experience, classroom education, and hands-on business experience, students achieve the skills necessary to become viable independent studio artists or to become valuable, skilled employees in the expanding craft industry.