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Academy Courses Frequently Asked Questions

Who hosts Academy Courses?
The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters is the host for the Academy Courses. Since 1870, the Wisconsin Academy has been a place for people to learn from experts and each other. Through our courses, programs, publications, we're working to create a brighter future inspired by Wisconsin ideas.

Can I get education credit for Academy Courses?
No. Our current offerings of Academy Courses are strictly noncredit.

Do I need a computer or internet service to take Academy Courses?
Yes. For the time being, we are offering these courses as online only. To receive the full experience of these courses, it is recommended that participants use a tablet or laptop with video camera and audio capabilities that is connected to the internet though a strong DSL or wifi connection. 

How can I become an Academy Member to get a discount on Academy Courses.
Anyone can become an Academy Member and receive a 10% discount on all Academy Course registration fees. Members also receive our quarterly magazine, Wisconsin People & Ideas, as well as discounts on contests and ticketed events. If you are already an Academy Member, simply register at the discount member rate. If you would like to add a Membership to your Course registration, select the option with membership and the discount rate. If you have questions about your current membership or need to renew, please contact

What happens if I need to cancel my Academy Course registration?
We realize that things happen that may cause partcipants to cancel their Academy Course registration. Because our classes are relatively small, we ask that  participants provide at least 48-hours notice of cancellation before the first course session begins to receive a refund of course fees (less $25 administration fee). No refunds will be provided after the completion of the first course session or for missed courses.

What if an Academy Course is cancelled?
Due to illness, unforeseen events, or insufficient registration, a course may need to be cancelled. Anyone registered for a course that needs to be cancelled will receive advance notification and a full refund of registration fees or will be able to transfer their registration to another course with the same fee (pending availability).

Do I need supplies for Academy Courses?
Some Academy Courses, especially those in the Visual Arts, require supplies. Each course will have its own requirements, so download corresponding supply lists (as PDFs) from course pages or review your registration materials for supply lists.

Who do I contact with a question about an Academy Course?
Questions about our Visual Arts courses can be e-mailed to coordinator Angela Johnson.
Questions about our Creative Writing courses can be e-mailed to coordinator Chris Chambers.
Please note that some course instructors will request you contact them directly with prerequisites or materials to review/discuss.

What Academy Courses have been offered in the past?
To see past Academy Courses offerings, visit our Course Archive.

How can I request other Academy Courses beyond what you currently offer?
If you have ideas for other courses that you would like see us host, please send it to Matt Rezin.

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Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Phone: 608.733.6633


James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608.733.6633 x25