Take Your Gap Year with ICP

Jul 29, 2020
© Nelly Mirabel (CE Doing Documentary Work for Social Change)
© Nelly Mirabel (CE Doing Documentary Work for Social Change)

Program Overview

The International Center of Photography’s new Gap Year Program is designed to offer students individualized attention and in-depth learning with a flexible schedule. Grounded in ICP’s robust Continuing Education offerings, participants receive 10 hours of one-on-one mentorship to complement 40 hours of class time over the course of one three-month term. Students will connect with others from across the globe and learn how to create meaningful photographic compositions, document the world around, and craft visual essays that tell a story from their unique perspective. Students may participate in one, two, or three terms, as each session includes new online Continuing Education courses and workshops to choose from. 

Term Dates

  • Fall: October 1–December 31
  • Winter: January 1–March 31
  • Spring: April 1–June 30
  • Summer: July 1–Sept 30


Register Online

Deadlines for fall 2020:

  • August 25 (Classes starting in September)
  • September 25 (Classes starting in October)

For students interested in a full-time program, see ICP’s One-Year Certificate Programs in Creative Practices and Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism.

Curriculum and Program Structure

Gap Year students must register for a minimum of 40 hours of online Continuing Education courses and workshops during the term. Those who enroll will be invited to attend a one-hour orientation, which will include an overview of ICP’s class offerings and a meet-and-greet for all Gap Year participants.

Students will be assigned a mentor from ICP’s renowned faculty who will meet with them one-on-one for a total of 10 hours during the term via Zoom. Meetings consist of reviewing student’s current body of work and portfolio and helping them to identify and choose courses and workshops from the Continuing Education curriculum.

ICP’s Continuing Education offerings include beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes on subjects such as the fundamentals of photography, digital workflow, lighting, portraiture, documentary photography, photojournalism, and more. Most classes are capped at 15 students. ICP’s faculty is dedicated to nurturing new talent and represents some of the world's most accomplished and innovative practitioners, offering expert guidance and inside perspectives into the field.

To participate in the Gap Year Program, students will need a computer with a high-speed network connection. Camera and software requirements for specific classes can be found in course descriptions.

Fall 2020 Mentors


Born 1971 in Jerusalem, Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography, and moved to New York that same year. Her work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide, solo shows include Edwynn Houk gallery, Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, FoMU, and Gagosian Gallery, London among others and group shows include The Museum of Modern Art New York, MoCP Chicago and The Photographers' Gallery, London.

Her photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others and her work appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, ARTnews and many more publications.

She was awarded the ICP Infinity Award in 2001, The Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and NYFA in 2010. Carucci has published four monographs to date, including Closer, (Chronicle Books 2002), Diary of a Dancer (SteidlMack 2005), and MOTHER (Prestel 2013). In fall of 2019 Monacelli Press/Phaidon published her fourth monograph, Midlife.

Carucci teaches at the graduate program of Photography and Lens-Based Art at School of Visual Arts and is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery, where she will have a solo show of Midlife in the fall of 2020.

Image: Alanah Genoese Image: Alanah Genoese

Curtis Willocks is a freelance photographer and educator. His images have been published in Time, US News and World Report, and Springer Foreign News Service. His photographs have appeared in books published through St Martins Press and West Publishing. Advertisements for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Lutheran Medical Center, and Forest City Ratner have also featured his work.

Willocks was the co-owner of Brooklyn Image Group, a stock and assignment photo agency based in Dumbo, Brooklyn. In 1987 he was the co-director of Document Brooklyn, a one-week photo documentation of the City of Brooklyn produced by 40 photographers.

In collaboration with a number of industry professionals, Willocks has organized over eighty-five workshops on medium and large format photography, both analog and digital, studio and location lighting, alternative photography and printing, Polaroid demonstrations, and workshops for high school teachers and educators.

Over the last two decades he found his true passion, inspiring high school students to tell their stories through photography. Through programming with the Children’s Aid Society, Teen Academy at the International Center of Photography, Fashion Industries High School, Summer and Saturday Live at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Friends of Hudson River, and the Department of Education, Curtis has mentored young artists, and encouraged them to explore their environments using visual imagery. Students often return to Curtis’s classroom, having found their voices and passions in photography, eager to maintain relationships long after classes end.

At present, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and an instructor at the International Center of Photography, and Fashion Industries High School in New York.

Tuition & Costs

Tuition for Gap Year Program, Fall 2020: $2,850 (includes 10 hours of one-on-one mentorship). Tuition is non-refundable.

Students are also responsible for tuition towards 40 hours of Continuing Education online classes. There is no registration fee for the term.

ICP members at the Focus, Aperture, Photographer’s Circle, Visionary Circle, and Director’s Circle levels are eligible to receive a $600 discount! Contact membership@icp.org to learn more.