How to Apply

PRIORITY PLACEMENT - DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Frequently, Pilchuck receives more applications for a course than there are available spaces. Student applications received prior to February 1, 2018 (midnight PST) receive Priority Placement, meaning, in the event that a course fills, your application will be put into a lottery. Applicants who do not receive placement in the first round will be automatically waitlisted, should a space become available. After February 1, student applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis for courses with openings. We recommend that you apply for more than one course to increase your chances of placement. 

TO APPLY

Apply for all courses, scholarships and assistantships with our online application form. A non-refundable US $50 application fee is charged to apply. This fee is not applied to course fees.

Before beginning your application, read the application instructions, so that you can prepare any required materials.

  • Only one application form and one non-refundable US$50 application fee are needed to apply each year.
  • Student applications received prior to midnight (PST) February 1 are entered into a lottery. Applications received afterward will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis for remaining openings.
  • Scholarships and assistantship applications are due before midnight (PST) February 1.
  • You must be at least eighteen years of age by the first day of the session for which you are registered.

REQUIREMENTS + Experience levels

Courses range in level from introductory to advanced. Each course description notes a level of experience required.

Course levels are listed with each course description:

  • Introductory: 0–1 years of frequent practice in the technique(s) listed
  • Intermediate: 2–4 years of frequent practice in the technique(s) listed
  • Advanced: 5+ years frequent practice in the technique(s) listed
  • All Levels: Encompasses all of the above; all are welcome

You must be at least eighteen years of age by the first day of the session for which you are registered. Certain courses may require students be at least twenty-one years of age by the first day of the session.

NOTIFICATION

The first round of placement notifications will go out mid-March for all opportunities (student, scholarship, teaching assistant, artist assistant, seasonal staff, and campus assistant positions). 

For applications received after the February 1 priority placement deadline, notifications will be made shortly after the application is received.

Questions? Contact the registrar at registrar@pilchuck.com or 360.445.3111 ext.29.

TEACHING & ARTIST ASSISTANTSHIPS

Pilchuck Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Artist Assistants (AAs) play essential roles in the Summer Program by supporting the vision and goals of instructors and artists in residence.  In addition to gaining valuable studio experience, TAs and AAs receive housing, meals, a $50 store credit and travel reimbursement (60% for TAs; 100% for AAs; restrictions apply). Learn more about being a TA or AA here.

INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS

Pilchuck is an informal nonprofit studio art center that offers workshop-style courses for artistic development. Participation in the summer program is not matriculation in a formal educational program.

Because Pilchuck is not an accredited institution, applicants may travel to the United States as a visitor in order to participate in the summer program. Upon acceptance, we can also provide you with a letter that may help facilitate visa requests at an embassy and also with entry into the United States. Citizens of countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program may not require a tourist visa for travel to Pilchuck.

Visit travel.state.gov for more information.
If you would like advice or help from a former Pilchuck student who lives in your country and speaks your language, contact the registrar at registrar@pilchuck.com and ask to be put in touch with a "Pilchuck Ambassador."
English is the language of instruction. Though students need not be fluent in English, they should have basic language skills in order to communicate effectively.
All fees are to be paid in U.S. funds by money order, check, or online with a credit card. Wire transfer instructions are also available by contacting the registrar at registrar@pilchuck.com.
International applicants must be eligible to work in the United States in order to be considered for seasonal staff positions. Those who are not eligible are encouraged to apply for campus assistant positions.