Professional Studies Series

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Professional Studies Series

Week 1: August 25—August 29, 2014
Outdoor PhotographyWedding Photography
Week 2: September 01—September 05, 2014
Architectural PhotographyThe Modern Studio
Week 3: September 08—September 12, 2014
Adventure and Lifestyle PhotographyDocumentary PhotographyPortrait Photography
Week 4: September 15—September 19, 2014
Stock PhotographyWedding Photography

PS-iconsCareer Training Session 2: Professional Studies classes are week-long courses held between August 25 and September 19. There are 2-3 courses offered each week.  Students may pursue up to 4 courses during the span of the program. There are 9 different disciplines to choose from, allowing for exploration into multiple genres of professional photography. In the Professional Studies course you will be working with top pros in the industry who will share creative and technical tips for taking pro-caliber images, as
 well as invaluable insight on working with clients, contracts, and getting great shots in
 challenging locations. It’s the kind of hard-won knowledge that might take years to acquire on
 your own – or you can learn it from our pros in a week.
 Whether you’re fresh out of Summer Intensive or a working professional looking to round out
 your skill set, our Professional Studies courses are the quickest way to become the polished
 photographer you want to be.

Week 1:  August 25-29, 2014
Outdoor Photography
Wedding Photography

Week 2:  September 1-5, 2014
Architectural Photography
The Modern Studio

Week 3:  September 8-12, 2014
Adventure & Lifestyle Photography
Documentary Photography
Portrait Photography

Week 4:  September 15-19, 2014
Stock Photography
Wedding Photography


Professional Studies enrollment is limited to 16 students per course. We accept enrollment into our Career Training program up to the start of the session (if space is available).  However, due to limited space, we suggest you register early.  In the event that a session is full, you will be notified and your name will be placed on a waiting list.

The initial Career Training registration checkout will require a $50 registration fee. Upon receipt of a registration form, RMSP will follow up with an email that confirms registration and provides the next steps for the enrollment process. Make sure that we have your current email address as this is the primary method of communication to our students.

For applicants who have not completed Summer Intensive, a portfolio must be submitted as well as a brief description of photographic experience (including any experience working with studio lighting), your photographic goals and your education. This process will be initiated through the online registration and approval process. For applicants that have completed Summer Intensive, RMSP reserves the right in specific instances, to evaluate a student’s proficiency in foundation skills before advancing a student to continue on to the Professional Studies and Advanced Intensive sessions. If any student is not approved for advancement into Professional Studies or Advanced Intensive, any tuition paid for those sessions will be refunded.

For Professional Studies, a $300 deposit will be requested at time of enrollment, with the remainder tuition due no later than 60 days prior to the start of the Pro Studies class. Enrollment is complete upon acceptance into the course(s) and our receipt of your enrollment agreement and tuition deposit(s).


Tuition and Deposits

For Professional Studies, a non-refundable $300 deposit will be requested at time of enrollment, with the remainder tuition due no later than 60 days prior to the start of the Pro Studies class. See individual session listings for tuition amounts, deposit amounts and details. Tuition includes instruction only. Lodging, transportation and meals are not included.

Financial Aid

Student Loan Program – Students interested in our Career Training sessions have the option of applying for student loans through SLM Financial, a Sallie Mae company. An easy online application process make this an option for students. Please contact our office if you have questions.

Veterans Benefits – The Summer Intensive, Professional Studies and Advanced Intensive programs are approved for Veterans Benefits by the state approving agency.


Career Training sessions take place in Missoula. Students pay vendors or landlords directly for housing.

For those coming to Missoula exclusively for the Professional Studies program, information on local hotels is sent upon enrollment.

Equipment and Supplies

A detailed Equipment and Supplies List will be available to registered Summer Intensive, Professional Studies and Advanced Intensive students upon enrollment. Please bear in mind that if you are attending Summer Intensive and/or Advanced Intensive, there is a massive amount of information on equipment available in your coursework, and with technology continuously changing, it is wise to buy at the last minute. The detailed 2014 Equipment and Supplies List, which is available upon enrollment, will assist you with your purchasing decisions. In addition, we provide assistance through our Career Training Bulletin Board (CTBB), accessible to enrolled students via the Internet. A digital camera, laptop computer and imaging software are required in our Career Training sessions. A list of specifications and recommendations for these are included in our Equipment and Supplies list.

International Students

RMSP welcomes students from all over the world. We are authorized to issue SEVIS I-20 forms to international non-immigrant students in order to obtain M-1 student visas. Once you have completed the enrollment requirements, we will issue you an I-20 form, which you can then take to your nearest U.S. consulate to obtain a student visa. You must also prove to the consulate that you have the financial resources required for your education and stay in the U.S. Refer to the State Department Web site at for more information about student visas and travel in the U.S. You can also check for foreign student information. We cannot predict how long your visa approval process will take, so we recommend making a decision as early as possible.


Who should attend Professional Studies courses?
These courses are designed for skilled photographers who want a concentrated education in a particular field of photography, and an opportunity to learn from nationally recognized professional photographers in that area of interest.
What are the entrance requirements for Professional Studies?
Professional Studies courses are taught on an advanced level and will not cover basic photographic techniques. For this reason, you must be able to confidently operate your camera in manual mode. You must be competent in the areas of digital capture, image processing and management, and working with artificial lighting. SI graduates are accepted into any Professional Studies course upon submission of an application.
Should I take more than one Professional Studies course?
Any Professional Studies course can stand alone, but most students take multiple Pro Studies courses. We’ve structured the courses to allow students to design his or her own individual curriculum from a variety of offerings. Four weeks of Professional Studies courses give students flexibility in setting up a personalized line-up. Please keep in mind that enrollment in all classes is strictly limited. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis and typically fill early.
Do I need to be a Summer Intensive graduate to attend Professional Studies?
Most Professional Studies students have graduated from Summer Intensive, while others have photographic training and experience that allows them to meet our entrance requirements. For applicants wanting to take Pro Studies courses without having completed SI, it is necessary to go through an additional application process. This process begins by an interested student applying for classes on our website.  Please contact our office for more information.
How does Professional Studies differ from your workshops?
Professional Studies courses are a totally different animal than our workshops. The course content, student population, and expectations differ tremendously from one to the other. The Professional Studies classes are designed for the professional level photography student who wants to make at least a part time income photographing. The content is directed toward giving the student as much information as possible in a short amount of time about how to operate professionally in a particular field. Students are on a more advanced level and they come with the expectation of strengthening their professional style and techniques. Critiques are more directed and focused on marketability.
What is the cutoff date for enrollment?
We accept applications on a first come, first served basis until a course is full. We recommend that students enroll early due to the enrollment limit. Although classes typically fill very quickly, we will accept enrollment up to the start of class if space is available.
How many students are in the Professional Studies courses?
In order to provide an excellent educational experience, we limit our enrollment to 16 students in each class.  

Cancellation Policy

All courses have a limited number of seats available.  Enrollment, along with payment of appropriate deposit(s), reserves a seat in a course.  Demand for course placement is high, due to limited enrollment. Withdrawal from a Career Training course is a serious matter. When a student accepts a position in a course, other students are denied that position. If a student withdraws after a course begins, another person cannot take his or her place. Payment of the deposit(s) for Pro Studies courses is due at the time of enrollment. Tuition balances are due 60 days before the course start date. Applications occurring after this date require full payment at the time of enrollment. If payment has not been paid by the deadline, the student will be dropped from that course for non-payment and the first student on the waitlist will be offered the spot. A student who has been dropped due to non-payment may apply again for the course if there is an available seat or he/she may ask to be placed on the waitlist. A student on a waitlist will be contacted via email or phone when an available seat opens up. The student will have until the close of the next business day to inform the RMSP office if he/she would like to take the spot. If the student does not respond in that timeframe, the spot will be offered to the next person on the waitlist.
  1. A full refund of all money paid will be made to any applicant that cancels the Enrollment Agreement within 72 hours (until midnight of the third day, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) after the Enrollment Agreement is accepted by the applicant.
  2. A full refund of all money paid will be made to any applicant who is not accepted by the school.
  3. A full refund of all money paid will be made to any applicant in the event that educational services are discontinued by RMSP.
  4. For cancellations received in our office at least 60 days prior to the start of the course, RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less a $50 processing fee.
  5. For cancellations received in our office 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the course, RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less the $300 tuition deposit.
  6. For cancellations received in our office within 30 days prior to the start of the course, no tuition refund is due to the student.
Note: RMSP reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.