ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ROLLING ADMISSIONS. APPLY ONLINE.
Application submissions must be postmarked by the deadline. Applications received thereafter will be considered based on a rolling decision. The Admissions Committee will only review application packages that are completed in their entirety. 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.
Application Instructions and Checklist
Please type or print your application and submit it with the following items:
• One-Year Certificate Program Application Form
• A one-page Statement of Purpose of no more than 500 words in length, describing your reasons for applying and elaborating on the influences on your work and its current direction, as well as your interests and research.
• A portfolio of 15-20 photographic prints (no larger than 11x14 in.) and/or 15-20 images as jpegs. Digital files should be 300 dpi and no larger than 5x8 in. on a CD or DVD. File names need to include your last name, first name, program (GS=General Studies, PJ=Documentary Photography and Photojournalism), year, "APP," then be numbered from 01 up to 20. Example: LastName_FirstName_GS14_APP_01.jpg. Videos may also be submitted, up to five minutes in length. Include a detailed list of works/images such as title, medium, date, and dimensions. Please test all digital materials on several machines before submitting.
• A detailed image list, including title, medium, date, and dimensions for all submitted pictures or videos, - 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 (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)
PLEASE NOTE: A credit card number must be provided on your application if you want your portfolio returned; shipping will be charged to your credit card. CDs will not be returned.
Send all application materials to:
International Center of Photography
One-Year Certificate Programs Admissions
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
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.
Current Tuition & Costs
Tuition for the 2013–2014 academic year is $32,816, with an annual lab fee of $1,500.
Application fee is $100.
Acceptance of admission to the One-Year Certificate Program must be received in writing by the date specified on the Letter of Acceptance sent to the applicant by the Admissions Committee and must be accompanied by a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $500. 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. Tuition and fees are the same for domestic and international students. Students have the option of paying tuition and fees for the academic year either in full by August 1, 2013, or in three installments: August 1, 2013 (fall term), November 1, 2013 (winter term), and February 1, 2014 (spring term).
PLEASE NOTE: Tuition and fees are subject to change. Students may not attend classes if their tuition has not been paid in full unless authorized in writing by the Associate Director of Education.
100% refund: withdrawal 14 days prior to the first day of Orientation.
80% refund: withdrawal 7 days after the first day of Orientation.
70% refund: withdrawal 21 days after the first day of the fall term.
No refunds are granted after the third week of the first day of the fall term. Tuition deposit and annual lab fees are nonrefundable. All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to Suzanne Nicholas, Associate Director of Education.
Work-study opportunities are available for full-time students only. Upon completing a Work-Study application and with Program Chair approval, students can receive a tuition reduction in exchange for assisting in one of the following ICP Departments: Exhibitions, Digital Media Lab, Photo Lab, Community Programs, Library, Education Office. Students are able to work up to 40 hours per term for up to $400 reduction from their tuition invoice, for a maximum of $1200 per year in tuition reduction.
ICP scholarships are made possible with generous support from many private donors. A limited number of named scholarships are available to full-time students who have successfully completed the fall term at ICP. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and merit. The amount awarded varies from year to year. Students who wish to apply are subject to the scholarship application process created by the Scholarship Committee. This process includes verification of the student’s grades, instructor evaluations, and portfolio review. Applications are made available at the end of the fall term and scholarships are awarded in the spring term as tuition reduction. PLEASE NOTE: No scholarships are awarded for a student's first term at ICP.
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 should seek information from state and private-sector sources, including artist grants and fellowships. International students are encouraged to inquire within their country of citizenship for financial assistance. The following websites are for informational purposes only. ICP does not endorse any of these sites as potential sources of grants or other funds.
New York is an expensive city, so budget wisely. Students need to account not only for tuition and lab fees, but also living expenses such as 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, "no extras" budget. It does not include items such as health insurance or unforeseen emergencies, for example. It is highly recommended that students budget at least 10 to 20 percent more than the listed costs.
Average living Costs (for 10-month academic year)
Housing and utilities $12,650
Personal items and clothing $2,970
Local transportation $1,320
Books and photographic materials $5,500
Total living costs $27,390