About Classes & Class Policies

About CPAC Classes

CPAC’s photography education program is the most established of its kind in the Denver Metro region. From one-day intensive workshops to immersive, four-week classes, we offer a range of courses geared toward creative development for photographers seeking to further their skills and careers. Our instructors are among the best in the business, and include diverse faculty of professional photographers in the commercial, fine art, and academic markets.
Most courses take place in CPAC’s gallery space, located in downtown Denver. Others are held at our partner facilities – The Art Students League of Denver, the Zang Mansion darkroom in central Denver – and at off-site locations such as artist studios, or Colorado’s famous outdoors.

CPAC Class Polices


Colorado Photographic Arts Center™

All CPAC workshops are limited to small groups. This is essential to providing an excellent learning opportunity, during which each student will have individual attention from the instructor. To make sure that student expectations are met, we do our best to provide a comprehensive description of each workshop online, but encourage people to contact us personally if they need any assistance determining the relevance and value of each workshop to the student’s individual interests and needs.


CPAC sets high standards for instructors. All must have a bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent in professional experience in their creative medium(s). In addition, they must: 1) be actively creating work, 2) show work in professional fine art galleries, 3) have extensive teaching experience and references, preferably at college or university level. All programs are created in collaboration with each artist/instructor and new proposals are welcomed by our Program Director.



It is our goal to see each of our classes and workshops run as scheduled, however the most common reason for class cancelation is under-enrollment.  It is imperative that we reach our minimum registration requirement, which varies with each class, to guarantee that a class will not be cancelled due to low enrollment.  Classes and workshops may be cancelled for under-enrollment 24-48 hours prior to the start of class.  If you have any questions regarding the current registration status of a class or workshop feel free to give us a call.


To provide our intensive learning environment, each and every registrant is an essential part of a workshop. Therefore, we require advance payment. For special event classes and workshops of $300.00 or more, we will accept a deposit (typically 50% of the total) for the class/workshop and registrants will be invoiced for the remaining balance at the close of the class/workshop.  Tuition is non-refundable* within 7** days of class start.  A $50 LATE REGISTRATION FEE will be applied 2 days prior to the start of class. A $50 RESCHEDULING FEE applies to all cancellations submitted less than 14 days prior to class start. A $10 RESCHEDULING FEE applies to all cancellations and transfers submitted more than 14 days prior to the start of class. All fees will be refunded if CPAC cancels a workshop. Cancellation may be announced by CPAC at any time. Cancellation can occur due to under-enrollment, instructor or management emergencies, or other events which are beyond our control. In the case of our cancellation, all fees paid to CPAC for the effected class or workshop will be refunded to the payer, or credited toward another workshop. All requests for a refund or transfer must be made within 12 months of payment receipt. CPAC is not responsible for travel and lodging expenses or any other costs incurred as a result of cancellation.

*Health or family emergencies may qualify for exceptions. In this instance a maximum refund of 50% may be granted only if the cancellation does not cause major financial loss to Colorado Photographic Arts Center.

**Guest artist workshops require a minimum of 30 day advance cancellation. No refunds will be granted within 30 days of workshop start.


Colorado Photographic Arts Center™ is not liable for injury or accident resulting from participation in our programs. It is the participant’s responsibility to obtain information about any risks involved. Student signature at the time of registration verifies release of liability of Colorado Photographic Arts Center™ and their instructors. Any questions about workshop content, requirements, or risks may be directed to Colorado Photographic Arts Center™ prior to the time of registration. In some cases, i.e., “Travels with Artists”, an additional advance release may be required.


CPAC does not include copyrights or model releases for images created in our classes and workshops. If you don’t have your own form, we have a selection of standard releases available and most workshop instructors will discuss your options during session. It is your responsibility to obtain the kind of release you are seeking from your models or subjects by discussing it with them directly. Please remember that you will not be able to sell, and may not be able to post your images online without permission from your models. Images created during our workshops may be used solely for your portfolios. Models and athletic teams often expect sample images to be sent to them for their portfolios and publicity. Your copyright should appear on the image. CPAC will often request permission to use your images in publicity for our school.


Colorado Photographic Arts Center adheres to strict observation of non-discrimination in all aspects of our organization. We do not discriminate, and in fact we actively seek out people from all walks of life and of all ethnicity, ages, gender expression and sexual orientation to participate in our programs both as students and in meeting our organizational needs. We have firm expectations for student and instructor responsibilities during all workshops; politeness and consideration of instructors, assistants, models and other students is required. Improper, illegal, or rude behavior may result in dismissal from the current workshop and all future workshops, paid or unpaid.


Workshops are priced based on content, instructor fees and the number of students who can be accommodated without compromising quality. We do our best to provide affordable workshops.

As a non-profit organization, our fees are structured to pay our expenses while we provide students, instructors and our community with high quality opportunities to expand understanding and appreciation for the contemporary art of photography.


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