Woodworking Classes in New York City with School Overviews

There are roughly two schools within 40 miles of New York City that have woodworking classes. Read an overview of these schools' programs, and get statistical information about the schools to find out which one is right for you.

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New York City Woodworking Classes

New York City students seeking woodworking courses can find options through the adult or continuing education departments of many schools around the city. Read about a school that offers courses in this area and learn about common course topics and hands-on opportunities.

  • Purchase College, located about 40 miles northeast of New York City, offers courses in woodworking through its continuing education department and its Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Sculpture program.

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School Statistics

The following table has been designed to provide you with an institutional profile this schools. Read on to learn more about the cost of attendance, financial aid, graduation rates and more.

Purchase College
School Type 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2013) 4,225*
Campus Setting Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $8,267 (in-state)
$18,117 (out-of-state) for undergraduate programs*
$600-$710 per workshop**
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 92%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 41%*
Retention Rate for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees (2013-2014) 79%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 67%*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Purchase College.

Purchase College

Purchase College is one of the 64 colleges and universities that comprise the State University of New York system. The college offers two non-credit, personal enrichment courses in woodworking through the School of Liberal Studies and Continuing Education. Both courses are 10 sessions and are appropriate for beginners as well as experienced woodworkers. The School of Art and Design also offers several courses in woodworking that are available to those enrolled in the BFA program in sculpture.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture

The BFA in Sculpture is a 4-year degree program that gives students an understanding of basic design principles, drawing, sculpture tools and a range of techniques for creating sculptures. Elective courses in woodworking include instruction and hands-on experience in woodturning, making studio furniture and making curvilinear forms. Students learn about the structural and visual properties of wood, along with sculpture techniques used when working with it. While a handful of courses focus exclusively on working with wood, other courses incorporate it along with other materials.

Woodworking: A Hands-On Workshop

Students decide on a project and take it to completion in this workshop. They learn to use tools and woodworking machinery to complete all of the phases of a project, from design and selection of materials to joinery and finishing.

Woodturning Workshop

In this course, students take advantage of guided instruction to produce art objects and functional items with a lathe. They learn about the history and evolution of the art of turning and how it is used today. The curriculum covers the various processes of creating turned objects, such as off-center turning, vessel and bowl turning, box making, hollow turning and spindle turning. Wood selection, wood preparation and finishing are also covered. The course encourages students to explore their own interests.

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