Arts MarketingArts Marketing

An intensive arts marketing course for working artists who have a developed body of work and want to work towards increased sales and a broader audience.

Not currently offered

Cascadia Film WorkshopCascadia Film Workshop

Learn tips, tricks and the inside scoop from film veterans with courses in acting, directing, make-up and more. Notable instructors include writers, producers and directors of hit television shows, such as Army Wives, Grimm, Ghost Whisperer, Prison Break and Psych.

Typically offered: summer


Get introduced to the centuries-old art of blowing glass by local award-winning artist Christopher Morrison

Typically offered: fall, winter, spring, summer


Innovation EngineeringInnovation Engineering

Innovation isn’t a personality trait, it’s a skill.  We can teach people and organizations how to be more innovative.  That is what Innovation Engineering is all about; transforming innovation from being personality driven into a disciplined system that we can execute over and over again.


Lean StartupEntrepreneurship Methods and Lean Startup

Join other entrepreneurs for a real world, hands-on experience in developing a startup company.



Memory to MemiorMemory to Memoir

Open to writers of all experience levels.
Each quarter will include prompts to spark writing and insight, exercises to develop narrative voice and broaden the writer’s palette of possibility, and readings from selected modern memoirs as we look at various ways to tell personal stories.

Not currently offered


Memory to MemiorPermaculture Design Certificate

Learn skills, strategies, and methods for sustainably working and inhabiting your land, gardens, or other natural systems this summer. One and two-week courses applicable to landscapers, gardeners, farmers, architects, community members, and more. Earn the Permaculture Design Certificate upon completion of the two-week course option.  

Typically offered: spring

Web DesignPublishing & Marketing: Strategies for Writers and Authors

Open to writers of all experience levels and genres, this course provides anyone with the goal of becoming a published author strategies to market one’s self online to obtain readers’ and publishers’ interest.

Typically offered: fall, winter, spring

Professional Editing: for Print and Online

This course is designed for people who work in fields or businesses that require editing skills. The program will also benefit those who want to work as freelance editors, publication staff members or authors of their own print and online projects.

Typically offered: fall, winter, spring

Project ManagementProject Management Crash Course

This course is designed for project managers who do not have previous formal project management training.
Develop skills and understand proven techniques to help you manage projects more effectively. This course is an interactive combination of lect re, small group activities and discussion of real life projects.

Typically offered: spring

Project Management Exam PreparationProject Management Exam Preparation

Increase your success with a project management certification exam preparation course. With more than 600,000 PMP's worldwide; PMP certification is now a minimum requirement for appointment of senior project managers in many departments.

Typically offered: fall

Prose WritingProse Writing at its Best: Fusing Clarity, Grace and Style for All Genres

When prose writing is at its best, a kind of alchemy occurs, a fusion of clarity, grace and style. This class moves beyond the confines of genre to help all prose writers recognize, develop and use literary/artistic/editorial tactics effectively. Prose Writing for All Genres is three term certificated course for writers of fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir and essays. Participants can take one class, or all three.

Typically offered: fall, winter, spring

Real SimpleReal Simple Project Management

Real Simple Project Management, is designed to help professionals employ lean project management principles to their everyday work and what it takes to reduce stress and increase results with Lean Principles.

Typically offered: summer, winter

Social MediaSocial Media: Building Community

This course is designed to give working professionals a broad understanding of social media and a concrete, knowledge of the various platforms that will help them reach their goals.

Typically offered: winter


Special InterestSpecial Interest Courses

Western offers a variety of special interest courses ranging from glassblowing to dance and design to fitness. The courses are available in different formats including online and face-to-face in Bellingham.These courses are open to the community and students alike.

Typically offered: fall, winter, spring, summer

Web DesignWeb Design and Development

Acquire a solid understanding of HTML and CSS scripting language.  Transform your designs into professional websites, and explore database-driven web capabilities.

Typically offered: fall, winter, spring


Writing Childrens LiteratureWriting Children's Literature

In this course participants will experiment and sample the field exploring children’s fiction and nonfiction, including picture books, chapter books, middle-grade books and books for young adults.

Typically offered: winter


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