In our online photography classes, you can further your interests and participate in our creative community from anywhere in the world. ICP's online education platform supports the unique needs of a photographic education, with a social learning environment in which students can access course materials, upload work to an individual gallery, and discuss assignments. Classes include weekly live webinars with instructor-led critiques and lectures.

To ensure that students receive useful feedback and support, enrollment is limited. We recommend early registration.

Upcoming Classes

Building a Personal Body of Work

15SOLPV205: APRIL 13–JUNE 22, 2015, MONDAYS, 1–3 PM (EST)
INSTRUCTOR: Martine Fougeron

This class focuses on your desire to make a coherent body of work, which you might have already started or dreamt of starting, and never did or never quite finished. The important element is that you be committed to your project—be it fine art portraiture, stills, landscape or more conceptual themed work—and be passionate. The class will give you the insights, impetus, process and tools to take your personal project the next level and to finalize it by the end of the class, with an understanding of your unique process, style, and character as well as the examination of your practice. It begins with a look at students' portfolios and an assessment of their personal goals. Full immersion into the project is expected, whether the task at hand requires weekly photographing, editing, and printing, sequencing, and laying out an exhibition, book idea, moving image projection, or simply presenting the work on a website. Through weekly critiques and discussions, students are taught how to orchestrate all these important decision making processes and the means necessary to achieve self-defined goals. The class ends with the final presentation of the body of work.

Prerequisite: Photo II or Portfolio Review

COST: $530

Toward a Union of Style and Evidence

15SOLPJ205: APRIL 13–MAY 13, 2015, MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 7– 9 PM (EST)
INSTRUCTOR: Stephen Ferry

This intensive workshop builds students' skills as documentary photographers, with an emphasis on rigor, accuracy, and fairness toward the subject matter, as well as the development of personal style. These two poles-journalistic accuracy and personal expression-are often in creative tension within nonfiction photographic practice. As a medium that simultaneously reports on the outside world and functions as a powerful tool of personal expression, documentary photography plays an important role in mediating between the self and other. Through assignments, group critiques, and discussion of the work of major photographers, this workshop immerses students in the central questions of nonfiction photography. The editing of assignments is emphasized as an integral part of developing a personal style. The goal of this course is to produce a complete photographic essay suitable for publication or exhibition.

COST: $530

Structuring a Photograph: Finding the Frame and the Light

15SOLPV102: APRIL 14–JUNE 16, 2015, TUESDAYS, 7–9 PM (EST)
INSTRUCTOR: Richard Rothman

There are several fundamental decisions that are made every time a photograph is taken that determine the structure and composition of an image, and the quality of the outcome. In this course we'll break down the various elements of what makes a successful photograph so that we can become better image-makers. Through critiques of our own pictures, assignments, presentations, and discussions of the work of great photographers, we'll examine the importance of where the photographer stands in relation to the subject, how the image is framed, the choice of the lens, the way the light articulates the subject, and many other factors that define the language of a photograph. Students will be required to submit work weekly for group discussion on projects of their own choosing.

Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review

COST: $530

Developing Projects, Establishing Visions

15SOLPV201: APRIL 15–JUNE 17, 2015, WEDNESDAYS, 12–2 PM (EST)
INSTRUCTOR: Karen Marshall

This course is for students who are ready to commit to a long-term project. Students cultivate ideas, discover personal intentions, develop strategies to accomplish long-term goals, and examine aesthetic and technical intentions when creating images. They focus on an idea, story, or theme to explore throughout the semester, and examine why they have chosen digital or film, 35mm, medium or large format, monochromatic or color, and if they conceive the final work as prints, multimedia or web-based presentations. Each week they upload images to be viewed and responded to by their classmates. During weekly live webex sessions, students participate in class exercises that show how various methods of grouping photographs can strengthen individual images, create series and sequence, and frame ideas. Students initiate photography projects and examine them within the context of established work in museums, galleries, books, and publications.

Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review.

COST: $530

Digital Photography in Black-and-White

15SOLDP102: APRIL 15–JUNE 17, 2015, WEDNESDAYS, 1–3 PM (EST)
INSTRUCTOR: Keisha Scarville

Creating effective digital black-and-white images can be a challenging experience. In the absence of color, the photographer must pay extra attention to tonality, lighting, composition, and contrast to guide the viewer's eye. This course is designed for students who wish to explore the creative and technical possibilities of black-and-white digital photography. Class discussions focus on various methods of producing monochromatic imagery, examining the digital workflow, how to visualize a scene in black and white, fine-tuning exposure, conversion strategies in Lightroom, and output options. Class assignments and activities are geared toward maximizing and enhancing digital black-and-white image-making skills.

Prerequisite: Photo I: Digital or portfolio review.

COST: $530

The Critique: Refining Your Presentation Skills and Practice

15SOLPV300: APRIL 15–JUNE 17, 2015, WEDNESDAYS, 7–9 PM (EST)
INSTRUCTOR: Terttu Uibopuu

This course is modeled after a graduate-level photography thesis class. It is arranged in two parts: the first half of the course entails weekly critiques with the instructor and peers, and the second half is dedicated to developing presentation skills including exhibition formats, speaking, and writing articulately about one's work. As students photograph for their projects, we discuss career strategies, professional challenges, and each student's relationship to contemporary art practices. Through class discussion, rigorous critique, and weekly readings, we help fine tune and guide each student in finding visual clarity in his/her work. Each student will leave the course with a finished body of work and an artist statement that can be used in a proposal for a solo exhibition, an artist residency, or a publication. Prominent photographers and critics are regularly invited to engage with and critique student work.

Prerequisite: Photo III or portfolio review; must have a portfolio or work in progress.

COST: $530

Investigation of Self and the Human Condition

15SOLPV200: APRIL 16–JUNE 18, 2015, THURSDAYS, 2–4 PM (EST)

In this course, students investigate themselves as they turn their camera inward to explore their identities, psyche, and human condition. This is achieved by close examination of gesture, ideas of interior and exterior self, and the use of light. Discussions address different approaches to self-portraiture-fiction or fantasy, diaristic or autobiographical, private or public-and the performative self. Whatever approach utilized, students gain the tools to communicate a deep understanding of themselves through the camera. Students develop a series of self-portraits guided by weekly critiques, lectures, readings, and discussions. This course is designed for those who are interested in developing a body of work that explores self-portraiture as a communicative tool.

Prerequisite: Photo II or portfolio review

COST: $530

Landscape Photography

15SOLLA100: APRIL 16–JUNE 18, 2015, THURSDAYS, 7–9 PM (EST)
INSTRUCTOR: Richard Rothman

Place is an essential aspect of our existence. Landscape photography allows us to explore and analyze our relationship to the places we pass through and inhabit, and it affords us the opportunity to respond to what we see and feel about the world around us. Whether photographing nature or the densely populated urban spaces of New York City, shooting the landscape requires preparation and photographic awareness. In this course, outdoor shooting assignments and critiques are combined with readings and discussions about place and historical and contemporary landscape photographers. The class Discussions of photographic processes and techniques are aimed at deepening students' awareness of natural light and the skills needed to approach the landscape photographically. Setting up a shot, understanding lenses and exposure, and developing the skills that allow us to concentrate on image-making are some of the necessary elements of craft that are addressed.

Prerequisite: Photo I or portfolio review

COST: $530