Application / Rates & Fees
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General Application Procedures
and Selection Criteria
Haystack's 2014 summer season catalog will be available in print and online on January 1st. In the meantime, browse our 2013 workshops for an idea of the types of programs that will be offered.
Please read carefully as some procedures and selection criteria have been updated.
Applicants must be 18 or older and may enroll for one or more sessions, signing up for a single studio offering in each session. Except where noted in the course descriptions, workshops are open to all levels of students, from beginners to advanced professionals.
Enrollment in each studio is limited. In order to maintain a diverse student body, selections are based on the need to have:
• a balance between first-time students and alumni
• a broad geographical distribution of participants, and
• a wide range of students from varied backgrounds and skill levels – from beginners to advanced professionals – who have a clear sense of purpose as to why they want to take the workshop/s they've selected.
Application is for an entire one-week or two-week session. When filling out the application form, please indicate your first and second workshop choices. Applicants who cannot be placed in their first choice frequently are placed in their second.
Rates and Fees - see also - Cost Table for Tuition, Room and Board
A non-refundable fee of $35 must accompany each application. Upon notification of acceptance into a workshop, a $250 deposit for each session, which will be applied to tuition, is required. All tuition, room and board fees are due and payable in advance. Checks should be made payable to Haystack. Foreign payments must be in US dollars payable in US funds.
If a cancellation is received at least 30 days before a session begins, deposits are refunded, less a $50 cancellation fee. For cancellations received between 30 and 15 days before a session, there is a $250 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 14 days of the start of a session.
When indicating your preference for accommodations, be sure to include your first and second choices on the application form. While we make every effort to assign participants their first choice, depending on availability, we occasionally must assign their second.
Shop fees cover the cost of materials for common use in a studio. In blacksmithing the shop fee will be approximately $100 per week, and in glassblowing approximately $500-$700 for two-week sessions. In all other studios the fee may range from $5 to $75 per week. For clay workshops there will be a charge for clay in addition to the shop fee. Participants will be informed of the specific amount of their shop fee at the conclusion of their session. Supplies not provided for in the shop fee may be purchased at the school store.
All materials and supplies are the responsibility of workshop participants. Some supplies and equipment are provided in the studios (see shop fees above); most others may be purchased at the school store. A memo detailing the workshop supplies, and other personal items you will need to bring from home, will be sent after your application has been approved. Students are admitted to Haystack without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national or ethnic origin.
Academic credit for workshops is available through arrangements Haystack has with the University of Southern Maine, and the Maine College of Art. Undergraduate or graduate credits are available through the University of Southern Maine, and undergraduate credits only are available through the Maine College of Art.
• University of Southern Maine undergraduate credit costs $281 per credit hour, and graduate credit costs $408 per credit hour, with three credits earned in a two-week session. The University also has an additional administrative fee of $25 per student.
• Maine College of Art undergraduate credit costs $175 per credit hour, with three credits earned in a two-week session.
Both schools will provide a transcript record. Credit costs are set by the respective institutions and are subject to change. If interested in applying for college credit, you must let Haystack know after your application has been approved, and preferably at the time of registration, which takes place on the opening day of a session.
Haystack's 2014 summer season catalog will be available in print and online on January 1st. The next deadline is March 1, 2014 deadline for Technical Assistant and Work Study Scholarship applicants. Please Contact Haystack with any questions.
For more information, visit:
General Application Procedures and Selection Criteria page
Scholarship Information page
Frequently Asked Questions page
Contact Haystack anytime to ask about our Wait List and availability in workshops, even after deadlines have passed.