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Photography • Classes • Art


We offer classes in all of the latest digital photographic techniques, Photoshop and image editing. We also continue to provide classes in traditional black & white photography, darkroom techniques and alternate photographic processes. We have darkroom rental time available for the public during our regularly scheduled open labs, at a nominal cost. Come by and join in the fun!


We offer classes in many techniques, traditions and . You can learn traditional black & white photography, including darkroom work, or sign up for one of our digital classes. We offer special workshops throughout the year as well — come in and check out the current opportunities!


The Salt Lake Art Center Photography Department darkroom is open to the general public as well as being available to our students. For those not currently registered in a class, open lab times are available for a nominal fee.



The Salt Lake Art Center School of Photography is changing location. We are moving TO the classrooms at Pictureline (located at 307 W. 700 So. in Salt Lake City) from the Salt Lake County facility at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art near the Salt Palace & Abravenel Hall. After thirty-six years, the County facility is being repurposed and the classrooms and darkrooms deleted.

Photography classes and workshops will continue to be offered, dealing with all subjects concerning digital photography. Our thanks goes out to Pictureline for making class space and free parking available for learning events.

All class schedules, workshop and tuition information will be found at this website from now on. Please visit here often.

The Annual Grand Canyon weeklong workshop is coming up on October 3-8, 2016. Tuition includes a double occupancy room, all meals, and transportation during your stay, along with location and classroom instruction. You will be accompanied to spectacular views on, around and near the North Rim of the Canyon. Our operational base will out of the beautiful hotel at Jacob Lake Inn, Arizona. All you need to do is show up and enjoy, so grab your camera bag and suitcase and come along with us for our 20th annual outing.

September 2016 will launch our first class at our new location. Advanced Photography, taught by Rodger Newbold, a thirty-six year veteran of teaching and professional photographer. The class will go from Thursday September 8th through December 8th, 2016. There will be no classes on Oct. 6th (Grand Canyon Workshop) nor on Nov. 24th (Thanksgiving). Class will run from 6:30-9:30pm with instruction and assignments addressed weekly. Tuition is $300.00 for the 12 classes.

You can contact Rodger to enroll in a class or workshop at 801.597.5739.

We look forward to seeing YOU soon.


Our traditional darkroom
consists of equipment and chemistry to process and print black and white films and papers. There are 13 35mm enlargers and 3 4x5 enlargers with a mix of color heads, cold light heads, and condenser heads.
There are archival film washers, film dryers, and print dryers.
We also have photo paper easels, lenses, negative carriers, grain magnifiers, cc filters. Anyone using the facility needs to provide their own paper.
Use of the lab is free to students and $8.00 per hour to guests. Hours of availability are posted on the lab door as well as this website, and are typically every Monday 5:30 to 10:00 pm, and every Saturday 12 noon to 5:00 pm. Open labs are staffed by knowledgeable volunteers.

Our digital side
consists of 9 iMac computers running OSX and Photoshop CS2, 7 inkjet printers and 1 flatbed/slide scanner plus a 4x5 film scanner.

Other facilities
Lockers can be rented at $2 per month (or $20 per year) to hold personal items (eg you can leave some paper or other personal darkroom aids at the lab). See lab attendant for more information.


Students of the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College may be able to receive credit for classes taken at the Salt Lake Art Center. Students should contact their admissions office for enrollment information. Tuition is determined by and is paid to the learning institution; lab fees must be paid to the Salt Lake Art Center and are due by the first class session.
For more information, please call the Salt Lake Art Center at 801.328.4201


The Salt Lake Art Center was founded in 1931 as a private, non-profit institution to champion contemporary visual arts in Utah. The Art Center was originally located in The Art Barn, near the University of Utah, where the first classroom and education program was offered to the public.
Over the years, the Art Center School has maintained its commitment to provide quality art instruction for adults through an outstanding curriculum in Ceramics and Photography for all skill levels. In addition to regular classes, special workshops covering various topics in both Ceramics and Photography are frequently offered. Regular classes run approximately 16 weeks, coinciding with the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College semesters.

20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101