How to Apply
Apply now! Student applications accepted until courses are filled. Contact the Pilchuck Registrar with questions about enrollment (email@example.com or 360.445.3111 ext. 29).
Apply for all courses, scholarships, and assistantships with our online application form. A non-refundable $50 USD 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 $50 USD application fee are needed to apply each year.
- Student applications received prior to midnight (11:59 PST) February 1 are entered into a lottery for scholarship and priority placement. Student applications received afterward will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis for remaining openings.
- Need-based financial support may be available on a first-come, first-served to applicants who apply after 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. Due to the immersive nature of our program, students may only take one course per session.
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.
The first round of placement notifications will go out mid-March for all opportunities (student, scholarship, teaching assistant, artist assistant, and summer staff 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
PILCHUCK AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEASONAL SUMMER STAFF + CAMPUS ASSISTANT POSITIONS
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.