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The academic year is divided into three terms, with an intersession in January. Each term, students register for a series of 10-week courses and weekend workshops. Course selection is determined in consultation with the Chair. Students should expect to spend 16 to 20 hours in the class-room weekly. Course requirements for the academic year include three terms of the General Studies Seminar, two terms of photographic history, two terms of black-and-white or color printing, and two terms of digital imaging techniques, as well as instruction in lighting and large-format photography. Students select additional 10-week courses and weekend workshops each term. These creative and technical offerings allow students to shape a sequence of instruction that will strengthen their skills and vision. The program also offers students the opportunity to participate in an internship with a photographer, agency, or magazine.
The General Studies Program's faculty includes distinguished artists, photographers, filmmakers, writers, and curators who are recognized both nationally and internationally. Recent GS faculty include Bill Armstrong, Nelson Bakerman, Michele Beck, Robert Blake, Corinne May Botz, Jean-Christian Bourcart, E. J. Camp, Clinton Cargill, Elinor Carucci, Jean Marie Casbarian, Shauna Church, Pradeep Dalal, Deirdre Donohue, Mark Alice Durant, Jill Enfield, Stephen Ferry, Allen Frame, Frank Franca, Susan kae Grant, Lori Grinker, Per Gylfe, Susan Jahoda, Sean Justice, Jesal Kapadia, Stephen Korns, Bobbi Lane, Joshua Lutz, Jay Manis, Robert Marshall, Abraham McNally, Darin Mickey, Carlos Motta, Suzanne Opton, Barron Rachman, Andreas Rentsch, Tricia Rosenkilde, Mark Roussel, Abigail Simon, Claudia Sohrens, Bradley Dever Treadaway, Gerard Vezzuso, Martín Weber, Bernard Yenelouis, Brian Young.
Marina Berio, Chair of ICP's General Studies in Photography Program, is a photographer/artist. Her work has been exhibited at art spaces internationally, including Michael Steinberg Fine Art, Yancey Richardson Gallery, Smack Mellon, Von Lintel Gallery, and Artists Space, New York; Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art in Boston; Les Rencontres d'Arles and the Centre Photographique de Pontault-Combault in France; and Acta International in Rome. Berio has received an Aaron Siskind Foundation Award, a Pollock/Krasner Grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, and she has been invited to various residencies, including the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Schloss Plüschow in Germany. Alongside her art and teaching activities, Berio has also pursued commercial photography work, shooting interiors and still life.