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Admission and Tuition

Application Procedure


All applications should apply online at

Applications must be submitted by the deadline. Applications submitted thereafter will be considered on a rolling admissions basis. The Admissions Committee will review only application packages that are completed in their entirety.

For information on how to apply by mail, please call 212.857.0006 or email [email protected].

You must submit the following items when applying to the ICP-Bard MFA Program:

A portfolio consisting of 20 images. Each image should be a jpeg not exceeding 5MB and no larger than 1280x1280 at 72ppi.
Resume or CV.
Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's personal and artistic strengths.
Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work to be sent directly from all institutions attended to ICP-Bard MFA Admissions. You may upload a copy of your transcripts to your online application.
A one-page Statement of Purpose of no more than 500 words in length, describing your reasons for applying to the program, and elaborating on the influences on your work and its current direction, as well as your interests and research.
TOEFL scores if English is not your first language.
$100 Application Fee.

Mail hard-copy application materials to:
International Center of Photography
ICP-Bard MFA Admissions
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036


Artists who seek the stimulation and challenges of an interdisciplinary environment in their pursuit of the master of fine arts degree are invited to apply for admission to the ICP-Bard Program. Successful candidates should demonstrate a strong grasp of the technical craft, historical background, and current practice of photography with an interest in the practices of other disciplines.

Applicants for admission must 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.

Did you know? Eligible veterans, authorized by the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs' via the Vocational Rehabilitation or Post-9/11 GI Bill Programs, can now apply for the ICP-Bard MFA Program. To find out if you qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill Programs, visit the VA website.

Admissions Process

Applications and portfolios are evaluated by the ICP-Bard faculty committee. Candidates selected are required to attend an in-person interview at ICP with the Admissions Committee and may bring an original work portfolio of 20–30 photographic prints, no larger than 11x14 in.

International and out-of-town applicants may request a phone or internet interview. These interviews may be accompanied by an original portfolio that must arrive at ICP prior to the scheduled Interview. All telephone and internet calls are Eastern Standard Time.

Offers of admission are sent by letter via email and the United States Postal Service and are valid only for the year in which they are made. Decisions regarding admission will not be given in person.

Accepting admission to the ICP-Bard MFA Program must be received in writing, via email will be accepted, by the date specified on the Letter of Acceptance and must be accompanied by a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $500 (USD). Make deposit payable to International Center of Photography, in the form of cash, credit card, bank wire transfer, U.S. money order, or U.S. cashier's check, issued from or authorized by a U.S. branch bank.

The deposit reserves the student's place in the ICP-Bard MFA program and will be applied to the fall semester tuition invoice.

Tuition & Costs

Annual 2014–2015 Tuition: $34,063
ICP Center Fee (includes Lab/Graduation): $2,700
Semester Registration Fee (two times per year): $100
Application Fee: $100
Bard Health Insurance (request packages available): TBD

Tuition and fees are the same for domestic and international students. Students will have the option of paying tuition and fees for the academic year either in-full by August 3, 2014, or in two installments: August 1, 2014 (fall term), November 3, 2014 (spring term).

PLEASE NOTE: Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase from year to year. For current information on program costs, please see the Admissions section of or call the Bursar at 212.857.0078.

PLEASE NOTE: Students may not attend classes if their tuition has not been paid in full unless authorized in writing by the Associate Director of Education.

Health Insurance

ICP-Bard MFA students must demonstrate they have health insurance comparable to the Bard College plan, or otherwise are required to enroll in the Bard Health Insurance Program. Cost of Health Insurance Packages are available to students upon acceptance into the MFA Program. The health insurance application and fee must be submitted prior to the first day of the semester.

Refund Policy

The refund policy for students enrolled in the MFA program is as follows:
100% refund: withdrawal 14 days prior to the first day of the fall semester.
80% refund: withdrawal 7 days prior to the first day of the fall semester.
70% refund: withdrawal 7* days after the first day of the fall semester.

*No refunds or credits will be given after that time.

PLEASE NOTE: The first day of the academic year is Welcome Day. The spring semester commences the first day classes begin in 2015. Application, tuition deposits, annual lab, and registration fees, are non-refundable.

No refund is issued for cases of suspension or expulsion.

Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing and dated. Postmarks determine eligibility for a refund. Written refund requests can be submitted to: Bursar, Education Department.

Living Expenses

New York is a very expensive city. ICP recommends that students budget their finances wisely. Students need to account not only for their tuition and lab fees, but also their living expenses. Monthly expenses include rent, utilities, gas, electricity, telephone, food, transportation, photographic materials, equipment, books, entertainment, and miscellaneous expenses. Average living costs are estimated below. This is a modest budget. It does not include items such as health insurance or unforeseen emergencies. It is highly recommended that students budget at least 10–20% more than the listed costs.

Average Living Costs (for 10-month academic year)

Housing and utilities: $12,000
Food: $5,000
Personal items and clothing: $3,000
Local transportation: $1,300
Books and photographic materials: $6,500
Total living costs: $27,800

Tuition Assistance

Federal Stafford Loan

Compared to loans from banks and other private sources, federal student loans ordinarily offer lower interest rates and more flexible payment terms. Eligible ICP-Bard students and U.S. citizens can apply for both Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct PLUS Loans. Both of these loan types are a part of the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Direct Unsubsidized Loans lend up to $20,500 each academic year. Remaining costs associated with your academic endeavor may be covered by a Direct Plus Loan (a credit check is required for all PLUS Loan applications.)

Students have the option of paying interest on their federal loans while in school or having the interest added to the loan principal. In both cases, students must be sure to understand the terms of all loan agreements they engage in, and keep copies of all loan documents. Your loan servicer will be in contact with you during the life of your loan as well. Six months after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, your loan servicer will also contact you regarding repayment. For comprehensive and user-friendly information on federal aid and the application process, students can visit

To apply for a federal student loan, students must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Results of your application are sent to Bard College, which handles all student loan award processing. The FAFSA code number for Bard College is 002671. Students can easily complete and submit a FAFSA application at

International Student Loans

International students who are able to have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident co-sign a loan can visit or For loans where a U.S. citizen or permanent resident is not required to co-sign, visit


ICP scholarships are made possible with generous support from many private donors. A limited number of named scholarships are available to full-time students. Award amounts vary from year to year.

If you would like to be considered for a merit scholarship upon admission to the ICP-Bard MFA program, be sure to mark the "Merit Scholarship" box on application. Your portfolio and application will then be considered by the Merit Scholarship Committee. MFA students also have the opportunity to apply for merit scholarships for the second year of their academic careers at ICP as a part of their year-end boards.

Students must pass their year-end boards and be in good academic standing to be considered for this opportunity.

PLEASE NOTE: All scholarships are awarded in the form of tuition reduction.


On the first day of the academic year, students are given a directory of institution-wide ICP work-study opportunities. Students contact departments in which they are interested, and schedule meetings where they communicate applicable skills and their academic schedule. Work-study opportunities are awarded in the following ICP departments: Exhibitions, Community Programs, Library, Audio-Visual Post-Producation, and the Teaching Assistant Program.

ICP-Bard MFA students receive tuition reduction at a maximum of $1,200 per academic year and are able to work up to 60 hours per semester for up to $600 in tuition reduction per semester.

Grants & Fellowships

The following websites are for informational purposes only. ICP does not endorse any of these sites as potential sources of grants or other funds.

International Grant/Fellowship Information

The following resources are for informational purposes only. ICP does not endorse any of these sites as potential sources of grants or other funds.