"I loved being surrounded by like-minded students who were asking the same questions I was asking and had similar curiosity and drive to be a better photographer."
Summer Intensive is a program specifically crafted for enthusiast photographers who want to spend a summer indulging their love of photography.
If you've found yourself struggling to piece together your own photo education–through online classes, YouTube, books, etc.–and the idea of a carefully crafted curriculum sounds appealing, "SI" is for you.
If you love the idea of meeting other photographers from all age groups, experience levels, and locations in the U.S., then "SI" is for you.
If you are looking to learn more than you thought possible in just six weeks, then "SI" is for you.
Scheduled dates for the upcoming Summer Intensive program:
June 20 - July 28, 2023
To apply for Summer Intensive (SI) click Apply Now and follow the online instructions. We accept applications for our Summer Intensive program up to the start of the program if space is available. However, due to limited enrollment, we suggest you apply early. In the event that the program is full, you will be notified and your name will be placed on a waiting list. There is no application fee.
During the application process you will be asked to:
Once your application is reviewed, RMSP will send an email to you indicating acceptance or denial. If you are accepted into the program, you will be asked to return to this website to enroll. To complete the enrollment process, you must read and agree to the Enrollment Agreement. If you are younger than 18 years old at the time of enrollment, a parent or guardian must read and agree to the Enrollment Agreement.
No prior photographic experience is necessary for enrollment in Summer Intensive. You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen, and you must be a high school graduate or have a General Educational Development (GED) certificate by the time of our program orientation. Exceptions to the high school graduation requirement are made at the sole discretion of the School Directors.
Tuition for the 2023 Summer Intensive program is $4950.
A $500 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is due upon enrollment. This deposit amount ($500) is applied to the tuition for the program. The balance of tuition ($4450) may be paid in two installments. A minimum first payment of $2500 is due to RMSP 90 days before the start of the program. The remaining balance is due to RMSP 45 days before the start of the program.
Don't miss the Early Registration discounts! If you register by January 31st of the year the program begins, you'll receive $500 off your tuition. If you register before March 31st of the year the program begins, you'll receive $250 off your tuition!
Save money by paying with a check! Due to the large tuition amount of Summer Intensive, credit card processing fees can really add up. We always prefer students to pay by check when possible, but we understand that can make things difficult. That’s why we’re offering $50 off of your tuition if you make your first and second payment with a check. And yes, this can be combined with the other SI discounts that we offer.
Here's how it works when paying by check: Apply and Register online by paying your $500 deposit with a credit card (or call). When the first payment is due (90 days prior to the start date), make a check out to RMSP for $2,500. When second payment is due (45 days prior to the start date), make a check out to RMSP for your remaining balance. That’s all there is to it. You save $50!
A detailed schedule will be provided on Day 1 during Orientation, but here's an overview of what you'll be learning each week:
Week 1: Getting to know the school, your camera, Lightroom, and how to take correct exposures; we start with the technical and build from there.
Week 2: More exposure and technical concepts, more Lightroom, creativity and composition, color management, and your first critiques (we promise they're not scary!).
Week 3: More creativity and composition, more Lightroom, Zone System, and an intro to output -- plus some genres to start exploring.
Week 4: You've learned all the basics, now it's time to advance your technical, compositional, and editing skills!
Week 5: This week is your chance to focus on more specific genres that pique your interest, plus you'll get more critiques (you'll love them by now!).
Week 6: During the last week you'll get 1-on-1 critiques on your final project and have a chance to explore some additional genres and topics. There are definitely some other fun surprises that week, too.
In addition, click here to see a list of the many skills students will have acquired upon completion of the Summer Intensive program.
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