In July 2017, the program comes under the auspices of Mendocino College, after 35 years with College of the Redwoods. In practice this means that students from 2017 onwards will register with, pay fees to, and graduate from Mendocino College. There will no change at all to the internal workings of the program, the facilities, the staff or curriculum. (Summer classes in 2017 will still be run by College of the Redwoods.)
The program is open to serious woodworkers of intermediate and advanced ability, and is intended to prepare students for careers as independent designers/crafts workers. Whether or not potential applicants have a professional background or significant experience in woodworking is less important than their objective in applying. We expect a fair knowledge of hand tools and the woods most common to fine furniture making – as well as patience, an openness toward refinement of methods, and a singleness of purpose aimed at doing one’s best all along the way.
Visiting the school
We encourage prospective students to visit our program to gain a first-hand impression. Please call in advance to arrange an appropriate time. Such visits are for information only and do not improve chances of acceptance. You should not feel disadvantaged if you are unable to visit.
The program has attracted students from all over the world, with at least two or three in every class. However unfortunately for the academic year 2017-18 we cannot accept international applications. We welcome your interest for the following year.
For California residents (with residency documentation dated one year prior to the opening day of classes), the enrollment fees for one semester are $840 ($46 per unit for 18 units plus a $10 Health fee and a $2Student Body fee.) Non-residents pay $211 per unit plus $12 other fees, or $3,810 per semester.
General financial aid information is available online: mendocino.edu/student-services/financial-aid
17 weeks per semester. Fall semester Aug 21 – December 15, 2017. Spring semester January 22 – May 25, 2018.
To be eligible for the program, applicants should have completed and passed CT57B, a cabinetmaking and millwork course, offered at the CR Eureka campus or equivalent. Equivalency can be woodworking instruction at another institution, or practical experience. All qualified applicants will be placed in a lottery.