10-Week Photography Classes

Students Choose PCNW For Many Reasons: Our classes offer an opportunity to immerse yourself in photographic practice.

From building core skills to developing your personal aesthetic; each course provides technical training, supports artistic expression and growth, and prepares students with essential skills for the sustained study and practice of photography. Courses are taught by our faculty of working artists and industry professionals.

While many students choose to take individual courses or sequences, anyone can apply for our Certificate Program and work to complete a rigorous program of classes that has launched numerous careers in the photographic arts. Learn more about PCNW’s accreditation and what it means to be an accredited institution here.

Those interested in taking an introductory weekend course, learning a new piece of equipment or software, or unable to commit to a ten-week class are encouraged to browse our workshops.

Want to take a class, but not sure which is the best fit for your interests or your skill level? Ask the experts at pcnw@pcnw.org.

Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and licensed in the state of Washington under Chapter 28C.10 RCW.

Class Schedules & Registration

Class enrollment is limited to 8-12 participants. Early registration is highly recommended as courses fill quickly or insufficient enrollment may cause cancellation. Students must be 18+ to participate in courses, unless specified as a youth or teen program.

» Summer 2023 | June 19 – August 10
» Private Instruction

Important Notes for Students

COVID-19 POLICIES: COVID-19 vaccination is required for PCNW students, faculty, staff and lab users. To request a medical or religious exemption, please contact education@pcnw.org. PCNW requires that masks be worn in our facility regardless of vaccination status. Review our COVID-19 Safety Protocols for more information.

Weekly attendance is vital to student success in PCNW courses. We require that students attend the first meeting in order to retain their spot in the class. A waiver may be granted if permission is given by, and subsequent arrangements made with, both the PCNW Registrar and Faculty. Please see our Education Policies for details about attendance policies and academic expectations.

Intermediate and advanced courses have prerequisites which students must satisfy prior to enrollment. Prerequisites may be waived based on experience or prior courses taken through other institutions. To verify that you meet the prerequisite(s) for a course, contact Jennifer Brendicke, Registrar at jbrendicke@pcnw.org.

Students are required to provide their own camera, unless otherwise noted in the course description. If you have questions about camera equipment or resources, contact us at pcnw@pcnw.org.

PCNW adheres to a strict payment, cancellation and refund policy. Please review our Payment & Refund Policies prior to registration.

Additional materials and supplies, not covered by a materials fee for a course, are the responsibility of the student. Reference to the types of materials students may be responsible for purchasing is noted in course descriptions. Detailed information about course expectations, required texts and materials will be provided at the start of the quarter.

Students should prepare to spend several hours per week completing assignments outside of class, which may require use of the PCNW facilities; view our Rental Rates for details about additional fees. Rental fees for use of PCNW Facilities are a separate cost from tuition.

PCNW offers need-based scholarship opportunities. Visit our Scholarships page for information about our Scholarship Program and upcoming application deadlines.

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