TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image


TILT provides a quality education experience that fosters growth in photographers of every level. Become part of our community of dedicated artists through photography classes in Philadelphia and also online.
Our curriculum has been carefully crafted by MFA educators and self taught professionals that echo our organization’s core values and community agreement.  
Our goal is to remain accessible and equitable to all. Each of the courses include two different prices: discount and standard. The tiers allow our students to self-identify the price point that fits their budget. The scale is intended to invite each member of our community to take stock of their financial resources and levels of privilege and move through the tiers accordingly. Payment plans are also available.
If you have any questions, please contact our Education Manager Danielle Morris dmorris@tiltinstitute.org.

Click here to read more about the tiers and find the best fit for you.

Course List

ClassShort Description
Photo I: Visual Literacy & Camera Basics (In Person)Gain knowledge of the digital camera and learn digital photography basics
Photo III: ConceptualizationBuild upon your knowledge of contemporary photography and further develop your practice through reading, lecture, and group critique.
Photoshop I : Intro To Post ProductionLearn basic color correction techniques in Adobe Camera Raw, and become more familiar with the different editing functions

Individual Tutorials

Portfolio Reviews

Photo I: Visual Literacy & Camera Basics

Registration Will Open In Fall 2023

In Photo I: Visual Literacy and Camera Basics students will gain knowledge of the digital camera and lenses, learn digital photography basics such as: how to use manual camera controls, manage a digital workflow, and basic color corrections. Students will also be introduced to different photographic genres, build upon their photographic vocabulary, and engage in reading and short writing assignments to further develop their knowledge and skill set.

Photo III: Conceptualization

Registration Will Open In Fall 2023

Students with a fundamental understanding of using their cameras will build upon their knowledge of contemporary photographers and further develop their practice. You will be provided with weekly readings and assignments that will fortify the information presented in lectures, encourage deep thinking, and give insight to diverse world views and experiences. Classes will be lecture and discussion focused, with group critiques that will generate individual growth and understanding, and will prepare you to develop your own projects/bodies of work.

Photoshop I : Intro To Post Production

Registration Will Open In Fall 2023

In Photoshop 1 : Intro to post production students will learn basic color correction techniques in Adobe Camera Raw, and become more familiar with the different editing functions. Students will also learn basic post production techniques in Photoshop, including dodging and burning, clone stamping, and masking. Students will have access to software in class and will use a mix of pre-selected practice images, and self-supplied images during the course of the class. You will also receive supplemental resources and videos to aid in building your technical skills.


Interested in taking one of our classes, but can’t make the scheduled time? Need help building your professional portfolio? We can help!


TILT’s Certificate Program

Our Contemporary Practices Photography Certificate is a comprehensive program that provides students with a holistic understanding of photographic art practice. Students become adept in lighting, post-production, printing, presentation strategies, history, and criticism. There are options to focus on specific areas including documentary, portraiture, fashion, and much more. With close mentorship from working professionals and support from the TILT faculty, students achieve an opportunity to experiment and challenge themselves through photography.