School of Art & Design Summer Workshops

Alfred University is alive with activity all summer long! The weather's great, the scenery beautiful, and you can enjoy the surrounding area at your leisure. The School of Art & Design offers a mix of glass, expanded media and ceramic art workshops.


Summer Ceramic Science for the Artist
Summer Glass Workshops
Summer Expanded Media Workshops
Summer Ceramic Art Workshops


Contact Information:
Email: summerworkshops@alfred.edu
Phone: 607-871-2413


Glass Facilities

Our glass facilities currently have a two thousand pound capacity continuous melt furnace for clear glass, a 1200 pound capacity furnace for colored glass, three large glory holes and twenty annealing ovens, all computer controlled.

Expanded Media Facilities

The area of Print Media is supported by a state of the art, digital and traditional print facility that provides students with an extensive opportunity to participate in the exploration of the most current print technologies including several wide format digital printers, a computer networked image setter for color separations, and hand and offset lithographic presses. Recent additions include laser engraving and a host of digital printers that offer endless possibilities of exploration and expression.

Ceramic Art Facilities

The ceramic facilities include over 36,000 square feet of interior space as well as outdoor space devoted to various aspects of ceramic fabrication and technology. The extensive indoor kiln room has over 10 gas and 20 electric kilns. The brand new outdoor kiln facility houses many atmospheric kilns including a wood train kiln, soda and salt kilns, and a large non-atmospheric gas kiln. Other facilities include a plaster lab, spray booth, extruders, slab rollers, and a variety of potter’s wheels. The raw materials lab is supplied with over 100 materials and the glaze application room is stocked with a selection of glaze for each workshop. Please see individual workshop descriptions for specific information about facility access.

Meals are available to purchase on a walk-in basis in Ade dining hall or at restaurants in the Village of Alfred. There are a variety of restaurants within walking and distance of campus. University Apartments and Suites are equipped with an apartment size refrigerator, stove, and microwave for those staying on campus.

Dining at AU

Alfred University is a residential, student-centered, vibrant living/learning community located on a beautiful 232-acre campus with more than 50 academic and residential buildings plus another 400 acres of nearby recreational land.

Alfred, NY has recently opened the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum (ACAM) on campus. Other campus galleries include Cohen, Turner and Fosdick Nelson. Participants also have access to the McLane Center Gym and campus libraries (Scholes and Herrick). Alfred is accessible for day trips to and from Niagara Falls (2 hours), Corning Museum of Glass (1 hour), Finger Lakes Wineries (30+ minutes), Letchworth State Park (1 hour) and Rochester area attractions (1+ hour).

MostArts Festival Sunday, July 7 - Saturday, July 13
The MostArts Festival will celebrate the glorious mid-summer days of Alfred, New York by offering the Alfred University community the brilliance of timeless classical music. The Festival is committed to enriching the cultural, economic, and educational potential of the Alfred community by inviting internationally renowned musicians to the region to share their passion for music and to engage in the broader dialogue between music and the vibrant world of Alfred art.

Raku Extravaganza with Wayne Higby: (Free Public Event; Saturday July 13, 2019, 11:00am – 2:00pm)
This ceramic firing event is a celebration of acknowledgement held on the closing day of the MostArts Music Festival at the "Hairpin Turn" (above Miller Theater) on the Alfred University campus.

Participants spend most of their time in the studio or attending lectures and demonstrations. Other summer activities include Carillon and Village Band concerts, local Farmers Markets, hiking, swimming, and visiting the shops in downtown Alfred. Check out area events and attractions in the summer.

Each workshop/studio has an up-front materials fee.

Refund Policy

Full refunds, less a $50 fee, for any of our 2, 3, or 4 week workshops or studios must be received, in writing, by email, by May 25, 2019. No partial refunds will be given to those who arrive late or leave early. Refunds take up to four weeks to process.

Smoking Policy
All University buildings are smoke-free.

Animal Policy
Animals are not allowed in any University building unless trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.

Summer School (for credit) Courses

Alfred University, in addition to providing the community access to various art workshops, gives students access to School of Art and Design credit courses during Summer Term. Courses from our other colleges and schools are offered during Summer Term as well.

Art and Design Summer School 2019

The NYSCC School of Art and Design at Alfred University presents Summer School 2019 – both on-line and on-campus courses offered!

Summer Term

Take advantage of Alfred University's Summer Term to get ahead, catch-up or stay on-track to graduate.

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Shelly Grant

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