How to Apply


TO APPLY

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. 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.

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.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

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 registrar@pilchuck.com and ask to be put in touch with a "Pilchuck Ambassador."

LANGUAGE

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.

PROGRAM FEES

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.

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.