Studio School Policies

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Welcome to the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey’s Studio School. Please read our policies carefully before registering for classes, workshops, or Summer Programs.

The Art Center offers five methods of registration: online, in person, by phone, by fax, and by standard mail. Registration Forms can be found in the center of our Studio School Catalogue or downloaded online. Photocopied facsimiles are acceptable. Handwritten notes will not be accepted. To register for classes, please click here.

Each class must be paid in full at the time of registration. Prorating is not available. A $25 fee will be assessed for any returned check.

Gift Certificates for classes, workshops, and Summer Programs are available for purchase. They are not redeemable for cash or able to be used for membership payment or other fees and services.

Students who wish to withdraw from a class or workshop will receive a full refund upon receipt of written notification up to one week prior to the start of a class or workshop minus a $20 handling fee. After the first week of class, students will receive a prorated refund minus an additional $20 handling fee. After the second week of classes, no refunds or letters of credit will be issued. A full refund will be given if a class or workshop is canceled by the Art Center or if the class or workshop is filled before your registration is received. Refunds can be expected 3-4 weeks from the date requested.

Students who wish to withdraw from a Summer Program or Camp will receive a refund in accordance with the following guidelines: Cancellation 14 days or more before the session begins: 80% refund; cancellation 7 – 13 days before the session begins: 60% refund; cancellation 3 – 6 days before the session begins: 40% refund; cancellation 0 – 2 days before the session begins: No refund.

The Art Center allows students to audit classes when arranged with the permission of the Director of the Studio School. No student should be in any classroom unless registered or by permission of the Director of the Studio School.

The Art Center will only be closed for the dates listed in the Calendar. Classes canceled due to holidays, instructor absence, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstances will be made up at the end of the semester. Students who miss class of their own accord will not receive a refund, letter of credit, or make-up opportunity.

Please visit or call the Art Center at 908.273.9121 for closing announcements due to inclement weather. The announcements will be recorded by 7:30 AM of the morning in question and will also be on the radio at 101.5 FM and social media sites: Facebook and Twitter.

The Art Center reserves the right to remove, without refund, any child whose age is misrepresented during registration from any class or workshop. Teenage students under 18 years of age must have written permission from a parent or guardian to attend any class that uses a life model.

No student substitutions are allowed. Only students enrolled in a certain class can attend that class, unless they have the permission of the Director of the Studio School to audit that class.

The Art Center reserves the right to dismiss any student for inappropriate behavior.

The Art Center is not responsible for artwork and other property left on the premises and has no liability if such property is lost, stolen, or damaged, except in instances when artwork is displayed in a gallery exhibition and insurance coverage is in place. The Art Center does not have the space to store artwork between semesters. Any artwork left after the semester ends will be discarded. The Art Center is not responsible for any digital artwork or images left on the computers in the digital lab. You must back up your work on your flash drive every time you use the lab.

The Art Center will be open to the public at 8:45 AM Monday – Friday and 10 AM Saturday & Sunday. Students may enter classrooms no earlier than 9:15 AM Monday – Friday and 10 AM Saturday & Sunday. Students enrolled in evening and weekend classes are expected to leave immediately after class. Animals, with the exception of service animals, are prohibited from entering the Art Center.

The Art Center reserves the right to substitute instructors of an equal caliber for any class or workshop. The Art Center also reserves the right to substitute life and portrait models for any reason.

For all registered ceramics and sculpture students, the kiln, for an additional fee, may be used to fire work. Students producing large amounts of work will be charged additional lab fees. No work created outside of the Art Center’s studios will be fired at the Art Center.

The Art Center will occasionally document classes and student work using photography and video for promotional purposes only. If you do not wish yourself or your child to be photographed, please notify the Art Center in writing.