In this course for experienced photographers, award-winning photographer Peter Brown critiques and provides direction for your work. After selecting a project for the semester, bring your work to class for consideration by Mr. Brown and other class members. Many previous students in these open and supportive sessions have had their work shown in galleries and published in magazines and books. Each session includes discussions on contemporary or historical photography. Technical help is provided, but the primary purpose of the course is growing your photographic vision and applying it to your ongoing body of work. All types of photography are acceptable, but work must be presented to the class in print form.

Instructor approval is required to register for this course.

Instructor Bio

Peter Brown, M.F.A., holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts from Stanford University and has taught in the art departments at Stanford University and Rice University. His awards include the Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize, the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award and the Imogen Cunningham Award and fellowships from the Carnegie Foundation, the Graham Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His photographs are in collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Menil Collection; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Amon Carter Museum, among others. Mr. Brown has authored several photography books, and his photos have been published in many national magazines.

Refund Policy

A 10 percent processing fee will be subtracted from all refunds. Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 days prior to the class start date. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu.


Please email cpcoord@rice.edu for more information about the application process and course schedule. Applicants are required to submit a short written description of potential projects, along with a portfolio of work. This popular course has a limited number of spaces available for new students.


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