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Admission & Tuition

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online at

The Admissions Committee will review only application packages that are completed in their entirety.

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

Application Instructions and Checklist

You must submit the following items when applying to a One-Year Certificate Program.

Work Samples
Documentary Photography and Photojournalism/General Studies:
A portfolio of 15-20 photographic images. Each image should be a jpeg not exceeding 5mb and no larger than 1280x1280 at 72ppi. Videos up to five minutes in length may also be submitted. Please test all digital materials before submitting. You may also submit original photographic prints (no larger than 11x14 in.) to accompany your online application. You must provide return postage.

New Media Narratives:
Provide 15–20 samples of previous work or projects you may be working on now.* We accept any digital media: a proposal for a project, a series of photographs, a film short, a documentary (or documentary idea), a written article, a blog, a cross-media project, a game, etc. Please test all digital materials before submitting. If you choose to send in physical materials to accompany your online application, you must provide return postage.
*Images (up to 10MB each), video (up to 500MB each), audio (up to 60MB each), and PDFs (up to 20MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud.

Resume or CV
A One-Page Statement of Purpose of no more than 500 words, 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.
Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's personal and artistic strengths. These individuals should be conversant with the applicant's work and may include professionals who are practicing or teaching in the field of photography as well as arts professionals in general.
TOEFL Scores if English is not your first language.
$100 Application Fee.

Mail hard-copy application materials to:
International Center of Photography
One-Year Certificate Admissions
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036


Prospective students must be at an advanced level in photography or have demonstrated a strong background in the visual arts and media to apply to a One-Year Certificate Program.

Admission Process

Acceptance of admission to the One-Year Certificate 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 his or her program of acceptance and will be applied to the fall term Tuition Invoice.

Current Tuition & Costs

Annual Tuition for 2014–2015: $32,816
Annual Lab Fee: $1,500
Application Fee: $100

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 1, 2014, or in three installments: August 1, 2014 (fall term), November 3, 2014 (winter term), and February 2 (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.

Refund Policy

The refund policy for students enrolled in the a One-Year Certificate program is as follows:
100% refund: withdrawal 14 days prior to the first day of the fall term.
80% refund: withdrawal 7 days prior to the first day of the fall term.
70% refund: withdrawal 7* days after the first day of the fall term.

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

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The first day of the academic year is Welcome Day. The spring semester commences on the first day classes begin in 2015.

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

*End-of-year expenses (exhibition and portfolio costs) can vary widely based upon the individual's artwork.

Tuition Assistance


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 awareded in the following ICP departments: Exhibitions, Community Programs, Library, Audio-Visual Post-Producation, and the Teaching Assistant Program. ICP One-Year Certificate students receive tuition reduction at a maximum of $1,200 per academic year. One-Year Certificate students are able to work up to 40 hours per term for up to $400 in tuition reduction per term.

Student Loans

Students in need of financial aid are encouraged to seek assistance from nonfederal sources. While ICP has a Charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, it does not qualify as an eligible educational institution under federal law, making ICP One-Year Certificate students ineligible for U.S. Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) opportunities and other student loans. U.S. citizens have the option of visiting their local banks to inquire about and apply for personal loans.

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. The amount awarded varies from year to year.

Grant/Fellowship Aid Information

Students should seek information from state and private-sector sources, including artist grants and fellowships. The following resources 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.

Undergraduate Credit Option

The ICP-Bard undergraduate Photography Program is an option track within the General Studies in Photography Program. Students who successfully complete the program can apply for 32 academic credits from Bard College toward their undergraduate degree. The cost of this credit option is a $2,000 fee paid to Bard College after graduation.