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., Weekend Intensives are seminar-style events geared toward beginner and intermediate photographers. Choose from 10 courses, meet our instructors, get critiqued and become inspired.

Find a Weekend Intensive 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 Weekend Intensives 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

Steffani Grande—Career Training 2015

I had been wanting to attend RMSP for many years. The catalogs piled up year after year, as did my longing to attend school and chase my passion for photography. After many discussions with my husband we finally came to the conclusion that it will never be the “right” time to leave my life as I knew it. Something would always get in the way if I allow it. Right then and there I decided...

Makayla Crist—Career Training 2015

Before enrolling in Summer Intensive (SI), I was living the structured life of an athlete. A competitive swimmer, I was in a routine that revolved around practices, swim meets and school. As I was getting ready to search for a decent college that I could get a semi-okay scholarship for, I realized I was trying to search for an adventure in something that never let me step out of the box. I felt as if...

Walter White—Summer Intensive 2011

I looked at a number of photography programs and chose RMSP because it offered a unique combination of characteristics found nowhere else in the world. First, it delivered concentrated photography instruction over an accelerated period rather than having components spread out over an extended period (often multi-year) like many other programs I analyzed. Second, the instruction was aimed at both the technical and artistic elements of photography. Third, the school was located in Montana –...

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