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Immerse yourself in an intense, one-year program of study. Designed for the student passionate about learning photography, the One-Year Professional Program offers an ideal environment for students looking to prepare for college admittance, change career paths, network with fellow photographers, learn from working professionals, or simply refine their photographic skill set.



The One-Year Professional Program allows you to take UNLIMITED* classes at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) and six “Special Guest” workshops. Students who enroll in the program are automatically given bronze level membership, access to the center’s digital lab, guidance throughout the program, and a group exhibition** in the LACP galleries. 

You can study with extraordinary photographers like Sam Abell, Susan Burnstine, Keith Carter, Fran Forman, Greg Gorman, Cig Harvey, Joe McNally, Aline Smithson, Eddie Soloway, and Richard Tuschman, just to name a few.

You can learn Street Photography, Fine Art Photography, Digital Printing, Studio Lighting, Portraiture, Fashion, Documentary, Conceptual Photography, Wet-Plate Collodion, Book Making and much more. You get to choose the classes you want to take. Best of all, you get to spend a year in the vibrant metropolis of Los Angeles completely immersed in photography.

Whether you already have a BFA in Photography or have only been shooting for a few years, LACP has classes for you. We help you select classes to allow you to excel as a photographer.

After completing their one-year intensive study of photography, students will receive a certificate issued by the Los Angeles Center of Photography.

The program may be completed online and/or in-person.

See what past students had to say

I had a phenomenal time in the One-Year Professional program! The wide range of workshop topics at LACP, taught by photographers with decades of experience in the field, helped raise my photography skills from hobbyist to professional.” – Peter Rath

I had a really great experience doing the One-Year Professional program.  I met lot a of creative people and learned from each other.  Mostly, I am happy that I learned what I have not known before” – Brian Jung

This program gave me a wonderful insight to the world of Photography. It helped me to gain a better understanding of what it meant to be a professional photographer. It also gave me the opportunity to be surrounded by great like-minded people.” – Autumn Kurtz

“The One-Year Professional Program was one of the best investments I’ve made in my development as a photographer. Immersing myself in all manner of classes greatly expanded my skills and perspectives in ways I never anticipated. My vision and technical abilities expanded tremendously and I had to honor of learning from several of my photography idols. If you have the time and space in your life to dedicate yourself to the program fully then I cannot recommend it enough.” – Maureen Price


Now accepting applications

Tuition: $8,500***

Important Note: Tuition for the One-Year Professional program is only $8,500 for an entire year. (We estimate if you paid for 2-3 classes a semester and six “Special Guests” workshops, this would cost around $18,500, which translates into a $10,000 savings!)

Rules and Policies

On occasion a particular class or workshop may cancel due to low student enrollment or unforeseen instructor conflicts. In the event of such an occurrence, the Los Angeles Center of Photography possesses the right in making scheduling decisions. Should the decision be made to cancel a class or workshop, the Los Angeles Center of Photography will not be held liable for any credit or money owed. Students choosing to enroll in the program recognize and acknowledge the risk that a certain class or workshop may cancel without the possibility of the course being offered again.

* Does not include Travel Workshops. Limit of six “Special Guest” workshops. Subsequent “Special Guest” workshops can be purchased for 50% off the tuition.

** Group exhibitions will be held at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Exhibitions will run for at least two weeks. Students will be responsible for paying expenses associated with producing their artwork, including printing and framing. All opening night reception expenses, such as food, beverage, and security expenses will be paid by the Los Angeles Center of Photography.

***50% of the tuition is due at the time of acceptance and is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

The Los Angeles Center of Photography reserves the right to make changes to any of the above policies without notice.

International Students

If you are an international student seeking to apply for the One-Year Professional Program, you are welcome to do so. However, please note we are not an accredited institution, and therefore can NOT issue a I-20 form necessary for a F1 or M1 student visa. IF you are accepted into the One-Year Professional Program as an International student, it will be your responsibility to obtain visa eligibility into the United States of America.

How to Apply

Admittance into the One-Year Professional Program is by application only. To request an application, please fill out and submit the form below or email Brandon Gannon at A limited number of students will be accepted into the program each year.

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