You must be 18 or older, or a currently enrolled NC State student, and have health insurance to take classes at the Crafts Center.

Classes are available in varying session lengths as an ongoing study in a specific studio. For classes that are 15 hours and over, students will have access to the studio in which they are enrolled for the duration of the semester. For classes less than 15 hours, students have the option to sign up for other classes and/or purchase a membership.

Workshops are focused sessions that are held for several consecutive days. Workshops do not include additional studio access; however, students will have access to the studio during the time in which the workshop is being conducted.

Crafts Center classes are extracurricular, non-credit classes.

Class Prerequisites:

Each class is designed specifically for a designated level of experience. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR AN INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED COURSE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED EXPERIENCE.Please refer to this key, which designates each class level:

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The Ninth Annual Pinhole Camera Challenge

Instructor: Katy Walls

Pinhole Camera Challenge

The tradition continues! Grab a friend or family member and register for this fun weekend of picture taking. It’s a magical process and a great way to see campus life through a different “lens!”

Build Your Camera:
Bring one or even two well–made, light-tight containers anytime from 4:00 – 8:00 pm Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, September 27, 28 or 29, to make your cameras. Oatmeal boxes, shoe boxes, Altoid® cans, metal tins of all types and even a small pumpkin have been transformed into cameras in the past…use your imagination! Plan on spending an hour to make your camera!

Take Your Pictures:
Drop by any time on the Challenge Days – Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm (preferably early in the day) We advise that you come early and make a day of it! Load your camera with photographic paper, practice a little, and go anywhere on campus to take your pictures. Then head back to the Crafts Center to process your own original prints. Take as many pictures as you wish until the 4:00 pm stop time. Wear good shoes – you’ll be doing lots of walking!

Win Prizes:
• For NC State students: FREE crafts class of choice will be awarded to both the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice winners two winners) for the photos that best capture the spirit of NC State! (max. value $58) plus a Crafts Center T–shirt.
• For non–students: Crafts Center T–Shirt awarded to the People’s Choice winner.

Registration fee: Only $10.00 for NC State students (Level I)
$20.00 for non–students (Levels II and III)
Registration Deadline: Friday, September 29
Challenge Days: Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Photo Exhibition: October 9 – November 10 (Winners to be announced on Friday, November 3)

Learn more about pinhole cameras»


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Black and White Photography

Instructor: Katy Walls
Black and White Photography

An introductory darkroom class.  Capture light and motion on film using SLR cameras. Bring your own camera or use a Crafts Center loaner. Process exposed film and spend the remainder of this class camped out in the darkroom exploring the traditional black and white printing process. Class fee includes film, photographic paper and other supplies used during class.  Visit Katy’s website at

Section A: Monday evenings for 5 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., August 21 – September 25 (skip Sept. 4)

Section B: Monday evenings for 5 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., October 9 – November 6 

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $ 76
II = $ 114
III = $ 123

Continuing Digital Photography

Instructor: Gary Knight

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Have you completed Gary Knight’s introductory level Digital Photography class and want to expand your photographic knowledge? Charge up your camera batteries and take your photography skills up a level. This class will consist of 4 sessions comprised of a short classroom lecture, an hour of shooting to work to the day’s topic, returning to the classroom to do post capture work, and finish with a short review and critique of your images. Learning to see light, textures, proper composition, and post capture processing are the topics that will be covered. You will get more out of the class if you have a laptop with photo software installed so you can adjust your images upon returning to class. Use your own SLR camera or use one of our Nikon D3000 loaners but bring your own SD card. For more about Gary’s work, visit

Monday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., September 11 – October 2

Class fee

I = $49
II = $79
III = $87

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The digital camera…so much capability that so few people fully comprehend!  From learning the various camera controls to exercising the options of how and when they are best used, students in this nuts and bolts class will gain the confidence needed to capture that perfect instant.  Learn to use your own SLR camera or use one of our Nikon D3000 loaners in order to get the most out of this series of hands-on discussions and photo shoots. Bring your own SD card. For more about Gary’s work, visit

Section A: Wednesday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., August 23 – September 13

Section B: Thursday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., August 24 – September 14

Section C: Tuesday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., October 3 – 24

Class fee

I = $49
II = $79
III = $87

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Photographing Your Artwork

Instructor: Gary Knight

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Wouldn’t you like to take your own still pictures and not have to pay others to create images for your portfolio or publication? This class will serve to orient students in the use of the Crafts Center’s photography studio while covering composition, camera control, and lighting demands common to still photography. As a bonus, students will receive an orientation in the use of Photoshop software and using a scanner for digitizing 35mm slides. For more about Gary’s work, visit

Thursday evenings for 3 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., October 12 – 26

Class fee

I = $ 29
II = $ 52
III = $ 58

Register for classes

See Crafts Center registration guidelines and instructions »


Most of our classes fill quickly so there is often a wait list. Late notice cancellations require considerable processing and labor to try and fill the reserved seat. Therefore, cancellations under 10 days are not able to be refunded unless we can fill the space.
• If cancellation occurs 10 or more days prior to the start of a class, a 75% refund of payment will be issued; 25% of payment is assessed for processing charge.
• If cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the start of a class, a refund cannot be issued unless the space can be filled. If the space is able to be filled, a 50% refund of payment will be issued.
If you find you need to cancel out of a class you have registered for, you must our online Cancellation Form »
Cancellation requests will not be accepted at the main desk or via phone or email.


To receive an optimal experience and get the most out of the class, attendance is important as there are no provisions for make-up sessions for missed classes.

Wait Lists

Names are accepted on waiting lists after a class is full until the day the class begins.  Wait lists are only valid for the current semester’s class – wait lists are not carried over to the next semester.