School of Art and Design Summer Workshops

The restrictions related to travel and assembly that are part of the fight for bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control have caused us to reconsider our offerings and activities planned for this summer. Unfortunately, we have decided not to offer the courses that depend on the use of our studio facilities to students ot currently enrolled in classes on campus. Please consider this a postponement only, as we will return with an exciting series of courses and events planned for next summer.

Meanwhile, we will continue to offer the summer 2021 courses that are suited for online instruction. We look forward to the return of summer workshops and courses in the summer of 2022.


Please continue to check the list of summer offerings as we intend to increase the number and variety of courses delivered online.

For students currently enrolled in on campus classes in the spring semester 2021, there are course offerings available in our studios.

Contact Information:
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 Returns Summer 2022
The MostArts Festival celebrates 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.

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 workshops or studios must be received, in writing, by email, two weeks prior to start date. 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.