Community Courses

bookIf you have any questions about courses or have ideas for courses you'd like to see us do, please call Michelle Bartlett at 907-474-7021, or email summer@alaska.edu.

UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning offers a variety of non-credit bearing courses accessible to members of the community without the requirements of typical college courses. Many of these courses are practical, hands-on workshop style classes taught by local experts.

To register and pay for courses, follow the link below:

Advanced Bike Hacking 
Instructor: Simon Rakower
Meets: 5/5/2022 - 6/2/2022
Thursday, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
ART 317
Students will work on bicycle hacking projects of their choosing using the information and techniques covered in the Bicycle Maintenance and Repair course. Familiarity with the subjects covered in the intro class is assumed however, having taken the intro class is recommended but not required. Students are required to meet with the instructor in April to map out the hack(s) to be completed during this advanced course.
Students should bring a bicycle to class to work on. This course is offered face-to-face.
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Adult Bug Camp
Instructor: Derek Sikes
Meets: 7/15/2021 - 7/17/2021
Friday, 6:00-8:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday, 1:00 pm-6:15 pm
Murie 302 
Learn collection and processing methods needed to build an insect collection. Skills necessary to identify most groups to Order will be taught. Students will create a collection which will be broken into three groups: specimens the student can take home, specimens for the University of Alaska Museum Insect Collection, and specimens for the Teaching Collection.
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Bicycle Maintenance and Repair - (WAITLIST ONLY)
Instructor: Simon Rakower
Meets: 5/3/2022 - 5/31/2022
Tuesday, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
ART 317
Comprehensive and practical, hands-on bicycle maintenance and repair focusing on road and mountain bikes. Emphasis on drive chain, shifting, brakes, wheels (straightening), tires, tubes (flats), steering systems, cable replacement and lubrication. Review geometry and physics of the bicycle, the world’s most efficient means of transportation.
Students should bring a bicycle to class to work on. This course is offered face-to-face.
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Bookmaking: Pochoir Basics - (WAITLIST ONLY)
Instructor: Margo Klass
Meets: 6/3/2022-6/5/2022
Friday, 6-8 pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
Murie 306
Pochoir is a printmaking technique made popular by French fashion illustrators from the late 19th century through the 1930s. Images are composed of layers of color, each element printed using a separate, carefully cut, and reusable stencil. The resulting images are characterized by crisp edges and an immediacy of freshly applied color. Images can be simple or complex and can be easily produced in multiples.
Workshop participants will first design and cut stencils creating a personal vocabulary of forms based on a theme or concept. These forms will then be used to compose a series of folios of sequential images to be bound together in a soft wrap cover.
A list of materials and other information will be provided upon registration.
Noncredit. Cost: $200

Cyanotypes
Instructor:  Jason Lazarus
Meets:  5/7/2022-5/8/2022
Saturday-Sunday, 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Bunnell 106
Learn how to make your own photo-sensitive paper that can be exposed using just the sun!  Print large-scale “digital negatives” of any image, digital or film-based, and print blue-toned images on watercolor paper while enjoying a sunny day.  Easy to learn and replicate at home.  
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Fly-fishing Weekend - (WAITLIST ONLY)
Instructor: Shann Jones
Meets: 6/18/2022-6/19/2022
Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Chapman 104
Introduction to the art and science of fly-fishing, providing necessary knowledge to make educated fly tackle selections. Students will also learn how to use a fly rod to cast a fishing fly with pinpoint accuracy, tie fishing knots and construct their own leaders, select fishing flies, and, most importantly, learn where fish live and how best to catch (and release) them. Scientific information on Alaskan freshwater fish, habitat, entomology, and stream ecology will be covered in the context of practical fishing advice.
Non-residents can obtain a three-day license at local vendors. Participants must also provide their own boots and field clothing.  A limited number of fly rods, reels and other tackle will be available for workshop participants’ use.  Such arrangements must be made directly with the instructor prior to the start of the workshop.
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Lumen Printing & Handmade Photos
Instructor: Jason Lazarus
Meets: 5/14/2022 - 5/15/2022
Saturday-Sunday, 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Bunnell 106
This course instructs students in the process of creating cameraless photographic prints with the power of the sun using expired and unused photo paper. Requiring no prior darkroom experience, students will learn how to make colorful impressions of botanical items with little more than some paper, plants and a single photo chemical.
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Paint Like Sydney Laurence - (WAITLIST ONLY)
Instructor: Mary Albanese
Meets: 6/27/2022 - 7/1/2022
Monday-Friday, 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
ART 303
Study a collection of paintings by Sydney Laurence and Fred Machetanz up close. Following visual examination, students will create studies of the works through their own drawings and paintings, capturing and recreating elements of the master’s work, focusing on elements of composition, color scheme, and brush stroke techniques.
Noncredit. Cost: $200

Bicycle Maintenance and Repair
Instructor: Simon Rakower
Meets: 5/3/2022 - 5/31/2022
Tuesday, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
ART 317
Comprehensive and practical, hands-on bicycle maintenance and repair focusing on road and mountain bikes. Emphasis on drive chain, shifting, brakes, wheels (straightening), tires, tubes (flats), steering systems, cable replacement and lubrication. Review geometry and physics of the bicycle, the world’s most efficient means of transportation.
Students should bring a bicycle to class to work on. This course is offered face-to-face.
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Advanced Bike Hacking
Instructor: Simon Rakower
Meets: 5/5/2022 - 6/2/2022
Thursday, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
ART 317
Students will work on bicycle hacking projects of their choosing using the information and techniques covered in the Bicycle Maintenance and Repair course. Familiarity with the subjects covered in the intro class is assumed however, having taken the intro class is recommended but not required. Students are required to meet with the instructor in April to map out the hack(s) to be completed during this advanced course.
Students should bring a bicycle to class to work on. This course is offered face-to-face.
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Cyanotypes
Instructor:  Jason Lazarus
Meets:  5/7/2022-5/8/2022
Saturday-Sunday, 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Bunnell 106
Learn how to make your own photo-sensitive paper that can be exposed using just the sun!  Print large-scale “digital negatives” of any image, digital or film-based, and print blue-toned images on watercolor paper while enjoying a sunny day.  Easy to learn and replicate at home. 
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Lumen Printing & Handmade Photos
Instructor: Jason Lazarus
Meets: 5/14/2022 - 5/15/2022
Saturday-Sunday, 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Bunnell 106
This course instructs students in the process of creating cameraless photographic prints with the power of the sun using expired and unused photo paper. Requiring no prior darkroom experience, students will learn how to make colorful impressions of botanical items with little more than some paper, plants and a single photo chemical.
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Bookmaking: Pochoir Basics
Instructor: Margo Klass
Meets: 6/3/2022-6/5/2022
Friday, 6-8 pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
Murie 306
Pochoir is a printmaking technique made popular by French fashion illustrators from the late 19th century through the 1930s. Images are composed of layers of color, each element printed using a separate, carefully cut, and reusable stencil. The resulting images are characterized by crisp edges and an immediacy of freshly applied color. Images can be simple or complex and can be easily produced in multiples.
Workshop participants will first design and cut stencils creating a personal vocabulary of forms based on a theme or concept. These forms will then be used to compose a series of folios of sequential images to be bound together in a soft wrap cover.
A list of materials and other information will be provided upon registration.
Noncredit. Cost: $200

Fly-fishing Weekend
Instructor: Shann Jones
Meets: 6/18/2022-6/19/2022
Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Chapman 104
Introduction to the art and science of fly-fishing, providing necessary knowledge to make educated fly tackle selections. Students will also learn how to use a fly rod to cast a fishing fly with pinpoint accuracy, tie fishing knots and construct their own leaders, select fishing flies, and, most importantly, learn where fish live and how best to catch (and release) them. Scientific information on Alaskan freshwater fish, habitat, entomology, and stream ecology will be covered in the context of practical fishing advice.
Non-residents can obtain a three-day license at local vendors. Participants must also provide their own boots and field clothing.  A limited number of fly rods, reels and other tackle will be available for workshop participants’ use.  Such arrangements must be made directly with the instructor prior to the start of the workshop.
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Paint Like Sydney Laurence
Instructor: Mary Albanese
Meets: 6/27/2022 - 7/1/2022
Monday-Friday, 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
ART 303
Study a collection of paintings by Sydney Laurence and Fred Machetanz up close. Following visual examination, students will create studies of the works through their own drawings and paintings, capturing and recreating elements of the master’s work, focusing on elements of composition, color scheme, and brush stroke techniques.


Adult Bug Camp
Instructor: Derek Sikes
Meets: 7/15/2021 - 7/17/2021
Friday, 6:00-8:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday, 1:00 pm-6:15 pm
Murie 302 
Learn collection and processing methods needed to build an insect collection. Skills necessary to identify most groups to Order will be taught. Students will create a collection which will be broken into three groups: specimens the student can take home, specimens for the University of Alaska Museum Insect Collection, and specimens for the Teaching Collection.
Noncredit. Cost: $135

Registration and Payment 
All registrations for Non-credit Short Courses are completed through CampDoc.  Please visit the Campdoc website at app.campdoc.com/register/uaf to create a profile and register for classes!  If you have previously registered with CampDoc, you will not need to create a new profile.  
Payment can be made during registration through CampDoc.  Please note that Non-credit Short Courses require a $25.00 non-refundable deposit that must be paid at the time of registration.  If you register for a course and decide not to attend, you MUST drop the course before it begins or you will be charged for the full class.  For additional information contact Summer Sessions at 474-7021 or summer@alaska.edu.

How do I register with CampDoc?
If you are unfamiliar with Campdoc, this handy guide might help you get started. 

How do I find out more information about Parking?
If your Non-credit Short Course takes place on campus between 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday, you will be required to have a current parking decal or short term parking permit displayed in your vehicle. Outside of these times, no permit is required. 

For more information about parking on campus call 474-7275 or view parking locations at uaf.edu/campusmap.