FAQ: Professional Intensive

When does the 2019/2020 Professional Intensive course run?
The Professional Intensive program begins at 9am on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The program ends on Friday, May 8, 2020.
What is the cutoff date for enrollment?
We accept applications on a first come, first served basis until the program is full. We recommend that students enroll early due to our enrollment limit. We will accept enrollment up to the start of classes if space is available.
Are there any entrance requirements for the Professional Intensive program?

No prior photographic experience is necessary for enrollment in Professional Intensive, although some experience is recommended. Our selection process is designed to accept students who can meet the demands of this comprehensive and challenging education. In order to enroll in Professional Intensive, we require that you:

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a full or part-time career as a professional photographer.
  2. Are fully comfortable with intermediate-level computer operating tasks.
  3. Are able to demonstrate personal and professional qualities that include a willingness to learn, a strong work ethic, an ability to adapt to new technologies, an ability to get along with others in group situations and the determination to succeed.
  4. Are a high school graduate or have a General Educational Development (GED) certificate by the time of our program orientation.
Will there be any breaks in the schedule?

Yes, there will be four breaks in the schedule:

  • Fall break – October 10-13, 2019
  • Thanksgiving break – November 27 - December 1, 2019
  • Holiday Season break – December 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020
  • Spring break – March 11-15, 2020

In addition, there will be no classes on the following holidays:

  • Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2019
  • Martin Luther King Day, January 20, 2020
  • Presidents Day, February 17, 2020
What times are classes during a typical day?
Morning classes generally run from 9am to noon.  Afternoon classes are generally from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Some days you're in class all day; other days you're in class just part of the day.  There are also some evening classes, labs and studio sessions.
Are there classes on the weekends?
Usually, no.  But there could be a lab, studio session, review session or field trip scheduled on an occasional Saturday.
What if I have to miss class? What's your attendance policy?

Due to the pace of teaching in PI, we encourage students to try their hardest not to miss any of their classes. Attendance is taken in all classes and unexcused absences will negatively impact a student's letter grade. Unexcused absences include all absences other than those resulting from illness, death of a loved one, or a personal crisis.

Are the classes graded?

Yes. The Professional Intensive curriculum consists of core courses, supplemental classes, special lectures, labs, review sessions, and Educational Partner presentations. Assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects will be given in core courses and are graded on a "letter-grade" basis. Class attendance is also a component of the course grade. At student orientation, RMSP will provide a grading rubric that outlines the "weighting" of each assignment, quiz, test, project, and attendance for each core course. To receive a Certificate of Completion and graduate from PI, the student must receive a final grade of "C" or higher.

When I graduate do I receive a diploma?
No. RMSP is not a degree-granting institution. Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion.
When is tuition for the program due to RMSP?

All deposits and tuition balances must be paid on or prior to the schedule as follows:

Your $500.00 tuition deposit is due at the time of enrollment. This deposit is non-refundable. It is applied to the tuition for the program. The first tuition payment of $7,450 is due 60 days before the program begins. The final payment of $20,000 is due 30 days before the start of the program.

Are there any scholarships for recent high school grads?
Yes. Rocky Mountain School of Photography will award a $5000 tuition scholarship to each of five high school graduates who graduate the same year they begin Professional Intensive. To learn more about the scholarship and how to apply, please click here.
Do I have to find my own place to live or are there dorm-type living areas available?
You'll have to find your own place to live. We post listings from local landlords who have apartments to rent - and info from local folks who want to rent out space in their homes.
Will I need a car while I'm in Missoula?
Missoula is a bike-friendly city with good public bus lines. But, you’ll most likely want a car when you’re here for the PI program because one of the great pleasures of being here is the ability to explore the beautiful state of Montana. For trips home during breaks, or when family and friends come to visit you, it’s good to know that Missoula is easy to travel to on the following airlines: Delta, Alaska, United, Horizon, Frontier and Allegiant.
What kind of equipment and supplies do I need for the program?
Please see the section under Professional Intensive called, "Equipment and Supplies" for information on what you need to have in terms of gear and supplies.
Can I come visit the school and get a tour of your facilities?
Yes, absolutely! We welcome the opportunity to meet you and show you around. Just give us a call and we can set that up.