Rocky Mountain School of Photography is a family-owned school of photography based in Missoula, Montana. The school opened its doors in 1989 and has, since the beginning, taken a people-first approach to education.

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Career Training, RMSP's flagship program, is a five-month long program designed to help you build a career path in photography that fits you as a person.

Learn more about our Career Training program.

Foundation Workshops are designed to build your fundamental photography skills step-by-step. Travel Workshops invite you to some of the most stunning locations in the western U.S. under the wing of accomplished professionals.

See our list of Workshops.

Offered annually in select cities across the U.S., Photo Weekends are seminar-style events geared toward beginner and intermediate photographers. Choose from 10 courses, meet our instructors, get critiqued and become inspired.

Find a Photo Weekend near you.

We're all about you.

Everyone is welcome at our family-owned school—our students range in age from 17 to over 70. Are we the friendliest photography school in America? Probably. Are we fervently committed to giving our students the most personal, supportive, technically advanced training available? Definitely.

You won't get lost in the crowd at RMSP.

We keep student numbers low in our Career Training program by design (and don't be surprised if some of your fellow students become your new best friends). Workshops are also kept intimate, allowing plenty of time for personalized instruction. Our Photo Weekends courses are larger, but you won't find a more convivial, power-packed two days of photography instruction anywhere.

It's more than a business.

We won't consider ourselves successful until you are. As a student-centered school, our instructors make sure each student understands before moving on, and there are always assistants there to make sure you get it. There's a reason we have an overwhelming student satisfaction rate.

What our students say

Louis Fisher—Career Training 2013

For a program that lasts only a few months, you sure do get more than you’d expect. I went into this program having already studied photography as my major while at university, but it wasn’t until I finished the Career Training program that I realized I got more out of the concentrated time I spent at RMSP than I did from the four years I spent at university. The condensed and focused nature made it...

Marisa White—Professional Studies 2012

Two years have passed since that life-changing adventure in Missoula where I dedicated an entire summer to eat, breathe and speak nothing but photography with a group of like-minded individuals. People I now call friends. It’s an experience like none other and one that I continue to think about on a rather frequent basis to this day. While attending the program, it was essential for me to be open-minded to possibilities. I wasn’t really sure...

Heather Gill—Career Training 2012

I had known about RMSP for years, and in fact it had been on my list to attend for at least four years before I made the decision to go for it. I knew I wanted to make it happen, but I also had this little girl at home that I didn’t want to leave. after wrestling with the decision for quite a while, I knew that my daughter needed me to show her that...

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