FAQ

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about studying at ICP.
General

What types of educational programs does the International Center of Photography offer?

ICP offers a wide range of Continuing Education classes in digital and analogue photography. Classes span from fundamental principles in image making to exploring personal visions. Our Continuing Education Track Program provides students with a faculty advisor and a strategic sequence of classes drawn from our Continuing Education offerings.

ICP has four Full-Time Programs: a One Year-Certificate in General Studies in Photography, a One-Year Certificate in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, and the ICP-Bard MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies.

Where are the classes held at ICP?

The School is located at 1114 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, New York, New York 10036. For more information on how to get to ICP, including available transportation routes, click here.

What are the education office hours?

We are open Monday–Friday, 9:30 am–7 pm; Saturday, 9 am–3 pm. We are closed New Year's Day, January 1; Independence Day, July 4; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Day, December 25.

What are the library hours?

The Library is open to students Monday–Thursday, 10 am–7 pm; and Friday, 10 am–6 pm. It is open to the public by appointment only. For more information, call 212.857.0004 or email [email protected].

How do I enter the building?

Guests are required to sign in at the entrance of the building at the security desk located on the upper level of the pavilion. All registered students will be provided with an ID on the first day of class. The ID will help you gain access into the building. If an ID is not provided, please request one be made for you in the Education Office.

How can I get a course catalogue mailed to me?

Sign up for our mailing list here.

Are gift certificates for classes at ICP available?

Yes. Gift certificates are available for purchase in-person or over the phone. The gift certificate should be treated like cash and must be presented to the registrar when the gift recipient registers for their course. They are valid one year from the purchase date.

Where can I find out if my class is cancelled due to inclement weather?

Please call the ICP weather hotline at 212.857.9777. We suggest you call it before leaving home, as it will announce our decision. We also have this information posted on the website by 7:30 am.

One-Year Certificate

What are the One-Year Certificate Programs?

The three One-Year Certificate Programs are General Studies in Photography, Documentary Photography and Photojournalism, and New Media Narratives. General Studies embraces the study of photographic practices, including fine art, editorial, fashion, documentary, and experimental image production. The Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program focuses specifically on the investigative skills and technical knowledge necessary to succeed in the complex and constantly changing world of visual journalism. New Media Narratives explores the new image-based strategies made possible by digital media. 

Where can I find the academic calendar?

The current calendar can be found here.

What are the degree requirements?

There are no degree requirements for the One-Year Programs; however, they are not designed for the beginner photographer. These programs are for intermediate to advanced photographers interested in a concentrated program to advance their photographic skills and education. The MFA program is for the advanced student and requires that all applicants have a Bachelor's degree.

How do I apply?

Apply online. The application and instructions for admission can be found in the back of the One-Year Certificate catalogue. The following items are required of the applicant: a resume, statement of purpose, portfolio, image list, two letters of recommendations, $100 application fee, and TOEFL scores for international applicants.

How do I get assistance with my online application?

Please visit https://slideroom.zendesk.com or contact us at [email protected].

Is there tuition assistance for accepted students?

Yes. Work-study opportunities are available for full-time students. Students can receive a tuition reduction in exchange for working in one of ICP's administrative or education departments. ICP scholarships are available to a limited number of students after successfully completing the Fall Term.

How much is the cost of tuition?

Tuition for the 2015–2016 academic year is $32,817 with an annual lab fee of $1,500.

Is it possible to obtain a certificate as a part-time student?

No. Due to the intensive nature of the programs and their curricula, all students enrolled in a certificate program must be full-time students.

If I successfully complete a certificate program at ICP, does that count as credit towards the first year of the MFA program?

No. The certificate programs are separate from the MFA program. If you are accepted into the MFA program, you will need to complete the two full years of study.

Is there an undergraduate credit option?

Yes, but it only applicable towards the General Studies Program. Students who successfully complete the program can apply for 32 academic credits at Bard College. The cost of the credit option is a $2,000 fee paid to Bard College after graduation.

ICP-Bard MFA

Where can I find the academic calendar?

The current calendar can be found here.

What are the degree requirements?

Applicants for admission should hold an AB, BA, BS, or BFA degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an international college or university. An applicant's undergraduate major need not be in photography; however, applicants must demonstrate that they have a broad knowledge of the practice and history of photography as well as an understanding of contemporary visual arts.

How do I apply?

Apply online. The application and instructions for admission can be found in the back of the ICP Bard MFA catalogue. The following items are required of the applicant: a resume, statement of purpose, portfolio, image list, three letters of recommendation, transcript(s) (from all prior undergraduate institutions), $100 application fee, and TOEFL scores (for international applicants).

How do I apply?

Apply online. The application and instructions for admission can be found in the back of the One-Year Certificate catalogue. The following items are required of the applicant: a resume, statement of purpose, portfolio, image list, two letters of recommendations, $100 application fee, and TOEFL scores for international applicants.

How do I get assistance with my online application?

Please visit https://slideroom.zendesk.com or contact us at [email protected].

Is there tuition assistance for accepted students?

Yes. Work-study opportunities are available for full-time students. Students can receive a tuition reduction in exchange for working in one of ICP's administration or education departments. Scholarships are made possible with the generous support of many of ICP's private donors. If you would like to be considered for an MFA Scholarship, please mark the Merit Scholarship box on your application. Students may also file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This makes the student eligible to borrow through the Federal Stafford Loan program, which makes available loans.

How much is the cost of tuition?

Tuition for the 2015–2016 academic year is $34,063, with an annual Center fee of $2,700. A semester registration fee of $100 is paid twice per year.

Is it possible to obtain a certificate as a part-time student?

No. Due to the intensive nature of the program and curriculum, all students enrolled in the MFA Program must be full-time students.

Continuing Education

When will the schedule for Continuing Education classes be available?

Continuing Education Programs Guides are typically posted one and half to two months in advance prior to the beginning of classes. Join our mailing list here.

How do I register?

Review the course catalogue and determine if there are prerequisites or a required portfolio review. If so, attend a portfolio review session, schedule an appointment, or email samples of your work to [email protected] prior to registering for the class. If the class does not require a portfolio review, or if you have the sufficient level of required skills for the class, you may register:

  • Online: www.icp.org
  • By Mail: 1114 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036
  • By Fax: 212.857.0091
  • In-person and by phone a month before classes begin: 212.857.0001

What is the deadline for registration?

Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis. As long as a class is open, students are welcome to register up until the start date of the course. Interested applicants are welcome to register for classes as soon as each term's course catalogue becomes available. To ensure your placement in the class of your choice, we recommend that you take advantage of early registration by mail, fax, or online.

What is a prerequisite?

A prerequisite is the level of proficiency or technical ability needed to participate in a class. Prerequisites are dependent on the level of classes offered, and are in place to help ensure that students are appropriately prepared for the type of work to be done in class.

What is a portfolio?

A portfolio consists of 10–15 images of your work (digital and print formats accepted) that best represent your current photographic skill level. These images will help ICP determine which class will be the best fit.

How do I schedule a portfolio review?

If the class you are requesting requires a portfolio review, you may present your portfolio either in-person or by submitting a digital portfolio. To present your portfolio in-person, call 212.857.0001 to make an appointment. To submit a digital portfolio, please email 10–15 small jpeg images or send a website link to [email protected]. Be sure to include any photography classes you have taken and/or your photographic history. List the specific class(es) you are interested in taking.

Will I need to buy a camera for my class?

Yes, you will need your own camera equipment, with the exception of Photo I: Digital Classes. ICP suggests students borrow rather than purchase a digital SLR camera for Photo I: Digital. This allows the new student time and experience needed to make the best purchase decision. Cameras can be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis after registering for a class. This camera loan program is made possible by the generous support of Canon and Pentax.

What is the typical class size?

Class size is limited to 17 students.

Are Continuing Education classes accredited?

Continuing Education classes offered at ICP are non-accredited, and no grades are given. Students in the Continuing Education Track Program receive a certificate of proficiency upon completion of eight classes taught over three consecutive terms.

What is the refund policy?

Please refer to our refund policy here.

Are there financial aid or payment plans for Continuing Education classes?

No. There are no financial aid or payment plans available for Continuing Education classes. To be registered for a class, each student must pay the full tuition price at the time of registration. Note: Members of ICP enjoy discounts on classes, lectures, and public programs. To become a member, email [email protected] or call 212.857.0003.

Is there any way to receive a discount on classes?

Members of ICP enjoy discounts on classes, lectures, and public programs. ICP offers promotions on some courses throughout the year. Become a member.

What are acceptable payment methods for the School at ICP?

Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or ICP Gift Certificate.

Where can I find my class letter?

Class preparation details are listed directly below the description of each course. Additionally, the information will be attached to the email confirmation received after registration has been completed.

What does the Continuing Education Track Program entail?

This new program consists of three seminars and six elective classes; which are taught over the course of three consecutive terms. Upon completion, each student receives a certificate of proficiency.

Does ICP offer classes for high school students?

Yes, we offer classes just for teens. ICP's Teen Academy program offers a range of opportunities for teenagers to develop their knowledge of photography. In-class sessions range from ten-week classes to a yearlong intensive program focusing on professional applications.

Teen Academy

What is the Imagemakers Program, and how is it different from the 10-week Teen Academy courses?

The Imagemakers program is a year-long, advanced level photography program providing high school students the opportunity to explore their creativity and learn the technical and professional skills necessary to pursue higher education or a career in photography. The 10-week classes are for the beginner and intermediate photographer. Photo I classes focus on the fundamentals of 35mm photography. Photo II & III classes are theme-based and center around personal vision while honing technical skills. These courses are excellent for students looking to learn photography as an extracurricular activity or for students looking to gain the prerequisites for the Imagemakers program.

Is Teen Academy just for high school students?

No. Students are eligible to enroll in Teen Academy courses the summer before high school begins through the summer following high school graduation.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to teens before the start of each term.

When can I register?

Registration dates are available here and registration is only available online.

Is there a summer program for teens?

Yes. There are summer classes available through Teen Academy. These courses meet twice a week for a four-week time period.

Do I need my own equipment?

No. ICP has 35mm cameras available for Teen Academy students to use for the duration of their course.