Class Policies

Code of Conduct
In order to provide students, members, visitors and staff with a safe and supportive educational environment, TAC has adopted a Code of Conduct. TAC reserves the right to refuse registration to any student if administration or faculty deem the student to be disruptive or dangerous. No guns, firearms or any type of dangerous materials may be brought into TAC.

Zero Tolerance Policy
TAC is committed to a safe environment for all of our students, visitors, instructors, and donors. TAC has a Zero Tolerance Policy to ensure the security and and creative freedom for all.

Classes are cancelled when enrollment minimums are not reached. We try to notify students of a cancellation a week prior to the start of each session, but often cancellations are done at the last minute. Students will be notified by e-mail of any cancellations. If a class is cancelled, students may opt to receive a credit on account or the full tuition will be refunded by check. Please allow three weeks from the start of the session for processing. TAC reserves the right to change instructors/classes, or to discontinue any class, without incurring obligations. 

Missed Classes
A make-up week is scheduled at the end of each session in the event a class must be cancelled by TAC or the instructor. The make-up week is considered part of the term. No refunds, credits or make-ups will be given for classes missed by the student (i.e. a student “no show”). 

Dropped Classes
Tuition is refundable for all classes and workshops according to the schedule outlined here.  Classes dropped after the first day of the session – regardless if that class has met or not – are only eligible for a credit on account for the cost of tuition. Students are responsible for notifying The Art Center office if they wish to drop a class or workshop; not attending class or advising a faculty member does not constitute an official withdrawal from courses or cancellation of tuition or fees. If you must drop a class or workshop after the deadline, no credit will be given except for documented medical reasons. There is a limit of two classes per student per year that may be dropped with a credit due to non-medical reasons. 

Pro-Rating Policy
If a student knows that he or she will miss up to two classes in a ten week term, TAC may pro-rate up to two classes at the point of registration. Pro-rations will not occur in the middle of a session and will only be applied to full session courses (not classes that run shorter than the full term).

Closing TAC
Classes will not be held on most National holidays or during extremely inclement weather. TAC tries to follow the decisions of Districts 112 & 113 regarding weather-related closings. Classes cancelled due to snow or other emergencies will be made up during the TAC make-up week at the end of the session. Only the administration may close the school/cancel classes for any reason. 

Handicapped Accessibility
The Art Center – Highland Park is handicapped accessible through the North Entrance just off Sheridan Road. TAC is proud to be a Disability-Aware Business Member of jj’s list.

Membership contributions help support TAC’s operations, exhibitions, scholarships and programming. Please note that memberships are required for Open Studios and for the Friday Figure Drawing & Painting Open Studio. Membership is not required to participate in adult and youth classes or workshops; however, all members receive a discounted tuition rate. Memberships are non-refundable and good for one year from the date of purchase.

Policy Changes
The administration reserves the right to alter policies pertaining to courses, fees and other notices on the TAC website and/or catalog, as deemed necessary, for the proper functioning of TAC. The administration also reserves the right to cancel classes, workshops and open studios, and alter scheduling/staffing.

Permission to Photograph
TAC retains the right to photograph any class, student, student work or event and reproduce the images at its discretion without incurring obligations.

Financial Aid and Scholarships
A limited amount of financial aid/scholarships are available each session for adult, teen and children’s classes. Aid will be based on the financial needs of the student. Applications are only available in the main office. Applications are due two weeks prior to the session start date. No late applications will be accepted. More information can be found here.

Open Studio
Many departments offer open studio times to current students and Members who woud like additional time to work in the TAC classrooms and studios outside of scheduled class times. Based on studio availability, open studio time schedules are worked out after the start of each new session and will be posted in studios. Studio time is available for mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, metalsmithing and sculpture students for an additional fee. Students may sign up for open studio time at any point during the term. FREE Open Studio is available for all current painting, drawing, mixed media, collage and mosaics Members/Students on during each session. Please check the Open Studio schedules for each department.