I am a beginner, is the program right for me?
If you are a beginner who is interested in obtaining a deep knowledge of embroidery, then yes, this program is right for you! If you are interested in starting out by trying some short classes in embroidery, we recommend you have a look at our Bite-size Embroidery for Beginners, Technique Tasters, or Introduction Series.

I am an experienced stitcher and have taken other intermediate and advanced embroidery courses. How might this course benefit me?
This program is distinctive for small class size, individual attention, differentiated instruction, experimentation, considering basics and foundations to more advanced methodology, focused stitching time, emphasis on individual artistry, personalized critiques, and constructive feedback.

How do I sign up for the course and Studio Sessions?
Simply register online; there are no applications to complete.

What if I am an international student?
Please check the requirements for short term recreational visas here. We are unable to assist international students with obtaining a visa, but will happily send you a letter acknowledging enrollment in our program if one is needed.

It says I am not required to take all levels in any particular technique. Why would I only want to do some of the levels?
We designed our program so that they can be flexible to your individual interests and needs. By not requiring you to take all Levels, we aim to make the courses more accessible to those with limited time, interest, and/or resources. Each technique progresses from Level 1, covering the foundations of the technique, to Level 2 teaching how to stitch with excellent technical ability, to Level 3, teaching how to design and execute a piece of your own creation. We encourage you to take the course as far as you desire.

Do I need to take the concentrations in a particular order?
No, you may study the concentrations in any order you like. However, within each concentration, there are three Levels and each Level is a prerequisite for the next.

If you are a complete beginner and are looking for a good place to start, we recommend beginning with the concentration in Surface Embroidery. This course contains a lot of basic information that can be applied to the rest of the concentrations.

Do I need to finish one concentration before I start another?
No, you do not need to complete one concentration before beginning another and you can take more than one concentration at a time.

How can I take more than one concentration at a time?
It is possible to take Level 1 in on technique and Level 2 in another technique during the same session. For example, students could take Level 1 in Surface Embroidery in the Winter session, and return in the Spring session to take Level 1 in Metalwork and Level 2 in Surface Embroidery.

Will there be homework?
Yes. It is not expected that students will complete their assignments during the class time set aside for each level. Each course will contain homework to be completed outside of class and final assignments will be given a due date. Some courses will require pre-work, which is sent to each student before the start of their session.

How long do I have to complete the homework?
All Level 1 & Level 2 work must be completed within six weeks after taking the last day of your session. For Level 3, eight weeks are allotted to complete all homework after the last day of your session.

What is the Comprehensive Studies Program?
The Comprehensive Studies Program consists of a series of individual concentrations (courses) in different embroidery techniques. After completing the three levels of each concentration, you will receive a Certificate in that individual technique.

Are there grades given?
We will provide students with reviews and critiques all along the way. At the end of Level 3, we will conduct a constructive portfolio review with each student; there is no ranked grading system.

What can I do with the certificate I earn after completing a concentration?
Each certificate earned represents technical mastery in that particular concentration. Students earning a certificate will gain a sense of personal accomplishment and confidence in their work.
Students will be able to:

  • Design and stitch in the technique studied
  • Understand color and design concepts for the technique
  • Select stitch placement in their design for texture and effectiveness
  • Build portfolio pieces
  • Make appropriate thread and fabric choices

What happens in the Level 3 review?
The Level 3 review is a portfolio review of work from all three Levels and will include a discussion of areas of growth and areas of further practice. Students are expected to participate by reflecting upon their work and their expectations for future work.

Is there instruction on Independent Studio days?
Students who wish to stay longer than the allotted weeklong class will have the option to work at the school on the weekends between Levels, when space is available. There is no instruction offered on these days.

 If I want to take all three levels of a course, do I sign up for them all at once?
Registration for each level is separate. Students can register for them all at once if they know their schedule, or wait to register for future levels once they are ready to take them.

Do I qualify for a scholarship seat?
SNAD is offering two scholarship-priced seats in each class. There is no application for scholarships; they are self-identified. If you need a scholarship, you simply register for one on the at checkout on our website as your choice.

How long do I have to finish my whole Concentration to receive a Certificate?
Once Level 1 of a concentration has been started, students will have three years to begin the 3rd Level of that concentration. For example, if you begin Surface Embroidery Level 1 in January, 2019, you must begin Surface Embroidery Level 3 by January, 2022 in order to receive a Certificate in Surface Embroidery.

If I’m not a local, what resources can I use to find accommodations?
Nearby hotels offer special rates for SNAD students. Please visit this page for more information.

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