Rocky Mountain School of Photography launches new program

April 20, 2017

This fall, RMSP is rolling out a new professional program that the organization is hoping will serve as a trade school-style alternative for those who want a career in photography, but don't want to invest in a four-year--or even two-year--college.

Last year, two major photography schools abruptly closed their doors: the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turner Falls, Mass., folded under scandal a few years after the owner pleaded guilty to charges of bank fraud and tax evasion. The Brooks Institute in Ventura, Calif., which was purchased by a large corporation, closed after several years of consolidations and downsizing.

The loss of two nationally prominent photography schools provides an opportunity for other institutions to take the lead, and the locally owned Rocky Mountain School of Photography is looking to fill that role. Andy Kemmis, RMSP's marketing coordinator, says the Missoula-based school has seen an increase in enrollment since its 1989 inception, but mostly the rise has been associated with the school's six-week summer intensive program, where photography enthusiasts from all over the world come to learn the basics of shooting in places like Glacier National Park.

RMSP also offered longer, more career-oriented intensives, but those were harder to fill.

By Erika Fredrickson

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