Maybe you..

Just started experimenting with alternative processes but aren't getting great results

Are fascinated by unconventional photography and want to explore all its possibilities

➝ Feel like you only scratched the surface of this exciting world

➝ Want a clear direction without having to spend months researching and trying

➝ Feel stuck in your practice and crave a more physical, tactile experience with photography

➝ Want a community of like-minded people to empower you and support you throughout your journey

APA is a road map through alternative processes and materials.
The key to crafting impressive artworks that:

✓ stand out and get featured
✓ leave a lasting impact
Learn and get inspired wherever you are, without having to travel to art cities for workshops

Be part of a global community of artists and photographers, even if there isn’t an “art scene” where you live

Start creating right away, without getting lost in self-doubts and endless research

Course Curriculum

  Module 1 - The foundations
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  Module 2 - Intro to Darkroom Printing
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  Module 3 - Cameraless Photography
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  Module 4 - Caffenol
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  Module 5 - Bioplastic
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  Module 6 - Liquid Emulsion
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  Module 7 - Digital Negatives
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  Module 8 - Cyanotype
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  Module 9 - Anthotype
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  Module 10 - Chlorophyll
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  Module 11 - Polaroid Emulsion Lifts
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  Guest Lectures
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Alternative Processes Academy is
beginners and intermediate

Comes with a full introduction to darkroom printing.

Teaches the basics of every process in the modules

BUT goes beyond the basics

showing you how to print on objects, challenging surfaces & mixing processes

Jane Spink, UK based Artist and Printmaker

I was excited to sign up for the APA when it launched this year. My practice as an artist/ printmaker has evolved a lot over the years and I am always hungry to experiment with new materials and processes. 

I was looking for a source of inspiration - something to inject into my practice which will take me into untried territory and well out of my comfort zone, but at the same time yield some exciting results... 

I discovered the @alternativeprocesses Instagram account and became fascinated with the work that appeared on their feed - and so to enroll on the APA was a no-brainer for me! 

The beauty of this online course is that it is self-paced, so there’s no stress - even if days, weeks or months go by and for some reason you’ve been unable to participate - you won’t miss anything. There’s also a good sharing community in the Discord online chat, which can be very helpful when you’re working alone. 

So far I have started to explore Lumen printing and also to build my knowledge of cyanotype - but I’ve barely scratched the surface yet! Chiara will be adding modules to the course on an ongoing basis, so really it’s a never-ending learning experience - amazing value for money :) 

── JaneSpink aka inkydogstudio



APA students & alumni will meet with Chiara and other students monthly to discuss ideasprinting challenges and receive feedbacks. A dedicated space for talking about progress, networking & collaborating


APA students will have access to a private Discord server where they can ask questions, Chiara & the AP team will be checking in for support and additional prompts, to guide your progress



Every week we'll feature our students and alumni in our instagram feed, interview them for blog articles, do takeovers & more


The first online chemical dilution calculator, available ONLY for APA students. No more wasting time, no more being confused. 15+ dilution ratios (and if the one you need isn't there, we'll add it!)

  • 100% online & self-paced
  • pre-recorded lessons
  • for beginners & intermediate
  • practical & hands on

  • live (except for monthly community calls)
  • for field experts
  • focused on theory & history


and all Guest Lectures included

As a student, you'll gain ongoing access to new modules and expert guest lectures. APA is dynamic, committed to continuous enhancement, evolving monthly into the most comprehensive, detailed Alternative Processes program available.

Choose an APA Plan

Please note that due to the online nature of our course, we do not offer refunds. We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise, but we have a strict no-refund policy in place. Therefore, we encourage you to thoroughly review the course details and requirements before enrolling to ensure that it aligns with your goals and expectations. If you have any questions or doubts about our course, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or send us a direct message on our Instagram page. We will do our best to answer your queries promptly and provide you with the necessary information to help you make an informed decision about whether our course is the right fit for you.

By purchasing APA, you agree to the disclaimer of liability for misuse of chemicals and products stated above. This disclaimer acknowledges the risks associated with using chemicals and products and requires the course participant to assume all responsibility and hold the course creator harmless from any liability. The course creator is not responsible for any misuse of chemicals and products by the participant and shall have no liability for any injuries or damages resulting from such misuse. Read all terms of use here.


  1. Is the course in English? Are there subtitles?
    Yes. The course is taught in
    English and comes with English subtitles.

  2. Do I need a darkroom?
    We have a module on liquid emulsion that requires a darkroom with a wet and a dry area (chemicals + enlarger), for this reason we've included an introduction module on darkroom printing (Module 2). Inside the Camera-less Photography module, Photograms require a full darkroom, Watergrams and Chemigrams require only the wet area (chemicals) and
    no enlarger. All the other processes don't require a darkroom.

  3. Do I need a lot of space?
    No, most of the processes just need a surface to coat on (can be a desk, floor, the top of a washing machine..) and a dark cabinet to store the paper while drying. Each module comes with an explanatory slide of the materials needed and shows my exact set up for each process.

  4. How much will I need to spend in chemicals and tools?
    It entirely depends on the availability and cost of chemicals in your country. We provide a list of the most famous suppliers and online shops divided by country. Aside from the modules where a darkroom is required (Module 2 & Module 6) all the process can be done with little space and few tools that you might already have at home.

  5. If I'm having troubles with a process, what kind of support do I get?
    All students will receive accesso to the same APA course. On top of that, there are 2 levels of support. If you purchase
    APA you will get access to a Discord server where you can ask questions. Other students, Chiara and the AP team will respond based on availability. You will also be able to join our Monthly Community Calls: live calls where we discuss techniques, challenges, ideas and projects. APA and 1:1 support students will get access to all the mentioned above plus 5 hours of 1:1 coaching and mentoring with Chiara, founder and curator of Alternative Processes, to discuss anything regarding printing, art practice development and online presence.

  6. Is the course taught online? Can I join regardless of where I am?
    Yes! The course is pre-recorded, can be watched and re-watched as one pleases at your own pace. For Monthly Community Calls, they will be organised to facilitate multiple timezones and possibly provide 2 time options if needed.

  7. Can I ask for a refund?
    Because of the online nature of the course we do not offer refunds under any circumstances. Please make sure you are 100% committed before enrolling. We are happy to answer any questions you have to make sure APA is the right fit for you beforehand!

  8. What is Discord? I'm not familiar, will I be able to use it?
    Discord is a free communication platform that has become popular for building communities and sharing knowledge. Discord allows users to join servers, which are essentially virtual spaces where people can chat, share information, and collaborate with one another. Within a server there different channels for different topics (each channel will correspond to a process. Discord is easy to use, the platform has a user-friendly interface and it's designed to be intuitive and easy to navigate. Our monthly community calls will be hosted on discord.