How to Apply

Student applications accepted until courses are filled. Learn more about how to apply, tuition details, and more below.

Contact the Pilchuck Registrar with questions about enrollment ( or 360.445.3111 ext. 29).


Pilchuck is waiving the application fee for all programs and residencies.

Apply for all courses, scholarships, and financial aid with our online application form

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

  • Only one application form is 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, in addition to financial aid. Student applications received afterward will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis for remaining openings.
  • Need-based financial assistance may be available, priority will be given to those who apply by February 1.
  • You must be at least eighteen years of age by the first day of the session for which you are registered.

Summer Staff, Teaching Assistant, and Artist Assistant applicants use separate online application forms.

  • Teaching Assistant and Artist Assistant applicants can read more and find the application link here.
  • Summer Staff applicants can find more information and apply online here.


Program fees cover instruction, shared dormitory housing, meals, and basic supplies. Program fees are indicated by A, B, C, D, E, or F at the end of the course description. A housing upgrade is optional with an additional fee. A payment plan request may be arranged, subject to approval. Learn more about tuition payments and deadlines here.

Summer + Fall Program Fee:

A = US $1,790 | Fall 1 (6 days)

B = US $2,030 | Fall 2 (7 days)

C = US $2,270 | Session 3 (8 days)

D = US $800 | Youth Camp add-on in Session 3 (8 days)

E = US $ 3,230 | Sessions 1, 2, and 6 (12 days)

F = US $ 4,670 | Sessions 4 and 5 (18 days)


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 of 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.


For priority placement and scholarship applications (due February 1, 2020), 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 or 360.445.3111 ext.29.


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.

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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 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


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.



Pilchuck Glass School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, and other school-administered programs.