Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about studying at ICP.

What types of educational programs does the International Center of Photography offer?

ICP offers a wide range of Continuing Education classes in digital and analogue photography. Classes span from fundamental principles in image making to exploring personal visions. Our part-time Track, Advanced Track, and Online Low-Residency Programs provide students with a faculty advisor and a strategic sequence of classes drawn from our Continuing Education offerings.

ICP has three Full-Time Programs: a One Year-Certificate in Creative Practices, a One-Year Certificate in Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism, and the ICP-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies (MFA).

Where are the classes held at ICP?

Please review the location for each Continuing Education course, as locations may vary. 

On-site classes are held at 79 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002.

More info on how to find us.

What are the Education Office hours?

We are open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM and Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM. We are closed Sundays. We are also closed New Year’s Day, January 1; Independence Day, July 4; Thanksgiving Day; and Christmas Day, December 25.

Due to COVID-19, the Education Office is available via email at education@icp.org Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.

What are the library hours?

The library is open to students Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM. It is open to the public by appointment only. For more information, call 212.857.0004 or email library@icp.org.

Due to COVID-19, ICP's library is temporarily closed.

How do I enter the building?

Guests are required to sign in at the entrance of the building at the security desk located on the upper level of the pavilion. All registered students will be provided with an ID on the first day of class. The ID will help you gain access into the building. If an ID is not provided, please request one be made for you in the Education Office.

How can I get a course catalog mailed to me?

Please email education@icp.org.

Due to COVID-19, print course catalog production is temporarily suspended.

Are gift certificates for classes at ICP available?

No. We do not offer gift certificates for classes. If you are interested in purchasing a class as a gift, please contact the Education Office.

Where can I find out if my class is cancelled due to inclement weather?

Please call the ICP weather hotline at 212.857.9777. We suggest you call it before leaving home, as it will announce our decision. We also have this information posted on the website by 7:30 AM.

One-Year Certificate

What are the One-Year Certificate Programs?

The two One-Year Certificate Programs are Creative Practices and Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism. Creative Practices embraces the study of photographic practices, including fine art, editorial, fashion, documentary, and experimental image production. The Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism focuses specifically on the investigative skills and technical knowledge necessary to succeed in the complex and constantly changing world of visual journalism. 

Where can I find the academic calendar?

The current calendar can be found here.

What are the degree requirements?

There are no degree requirements for the One-Year Programs; however, they are not designed for the beginner photographer. These programs are for intermediate to advanced photographers interested in a concentrated program to advance their photographic skills and education. The MFA program is for the advanced student and requires that all applicants have a bachelor's degree.

How do I apply?

Apply online. The application and instructions for admission can be found in the back of the One-Year Certificate catalogue. The following items are required of the applicant: a resume, statement of purpose, portfolio, image list, two letters of recommendations, $100 application fee, and TOEFL scores for international applicants.

How do I get assistance with my online application?

Contact us at admissions@icp.edu.

Is there tuition assistance for accepted students?

Yes. Work-study opportunities are available for One-Year Certificate program students. Merit scholarships and fellowships are available to students.

How much is the cost of tuition?

Tuition for the 2020–2021 academic year is $32,817 with an annual lab fee of $1,500.

Is it possible to obtain a certificate as a part-time student?

No. Due to the intensive nature of the programs and their curricula, all students enrolled in a certificate program must be full-time students.

If I successfully complete a certificate program at ICP, does that count as credit towards the first year of the MFA program?

No. The certificate programs are separate from the MFA program. If you are accepted into the MFA program, you will need to complete the two full years of study.


Where can I find the academic calendar?

The current calendar can be found here.

What are the degree requirements?

Applicants for admission should hold an AB, BA, BS, or BFA degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an international college or university. An applicant's undergraduate major need not be in photography; however, applicants must demonstrate that they have a broad knowledge of the practice and history of photography as well as an understanding of contemporary visual arts.

How do I apply?

You may apply online. The application instructions for admission can be found on the Admissions: ICP-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies. The following items are required of the applicant: a resume, statement of purpose, portfolio, image list, three letters of recommendations, transcript(s) (from all prior undergraduate institutions), $100 application fee, and TOEFL scores (for international applicants).

How do I get assistance with my online application?

Contact us at admissions@icp.edu.

Is there tuition assistance for accepted students?

Yes. Work-study opportunities are available for full-time students. Scholarships and fellowships are made possible with the generous support of many of ICP's private donors. If you would like to be considered for an MFA Scholarship or fellowship, please mark the Merit Scholarship box on your application. Domestic students may also file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application will determine if the student is eligible to borrow through the Federal Stafford Loan program.

How much is the cost of tuition?

Tuition for the 2020–2021 academic year is $34,063, with an annual Center fee of $2,700. A semester registration fee of $100 is paid twice per year.

Is it possible to obtain the MFA as a part-time student?

No. Due to the intensive nature of the program and curriculum, all students enrolled in the ICP-Bard MFA program must be full-time students.

Continuing Education

When will the schedule for Continuing Education classes be available?

New online Continuing Education classes will be announced on a rolling basis, at the beginning of each month, and are posted three to four weeks in advance of the beginning of classes. Join our mailing list to get notifications.

How do I register?

Review the course information online and determine if you meet the prerequisites for the course. If so, registration can be done online through your student account. If you have questions about the course, please email education@icp.org.

What is the deadline for registration?

Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. As long as a class is open, students are welcome to register up until the start date of the course. Interested applicants are welcome to register for classes as soon as each term's course catalog becomes available. To ensure your placement in the class of your choice, we recommend that you take advantage of early registration by mail, fax, or online.

What is a prerequisite?

A prerequisite is the level of proficiency or technical ability needed to participate in a class. Prerequisites are dependent on the level of classes offered and are in place to help ensure that students are appropriately prepared for the type of work to be done in class.

What is a portfolio?

A portfolio consists of 10–15 images of your work (digital and print formats accepted) that best represents your current photographic skill level. These images will help ICP determine which class will be the best fit.

Will I need to buy a camera for my class?

Yes, you will need your own camera equipment, with the exception of Photo I: Digital Classes. ICP suggests students borrow rather than purchase a digital SLR camera for Photo I: Digital. This allows the new student time and experience needed to make the best purchase decision. Cameras can be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis after registering for a class. This camera loan program is made possible by the generous support of Canon and Pentax.

Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ICP's camera loan program is temporarily suspended. All students will need to provide their own camera equipment.

What is the typical class size?

Class size is limited to 12 students.

Are Continuing Education classes accredited?

Continuing Education classes offered at ICP are non-accredited, and no grades are given. 

What is the refund policy?

Please refer to our refund policy.

Is there financial aid or payment plans for Continuing Education classes?

No. There are no financial aid or payment plans available for Continuing Education classes. To be registered for a class, each student must pay the full tuition price at the time of registration. Note: Members of ICP enjoy discounts on classes, lectures, and public programs. To become a member, email membership@icp.org or call 212.857.0003.

Is there any way to receive a discount on classes?

ICP members enjoy discounts on classes in addition to many other exclusive benefits. ICP offers additional promotions on some courses throughout the year to members. Learn how you can become a member.

What are acceptable payment methods for ICP's education programs?

Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.

Where can I find out more about what I need to have prepared for the first day of class?

Class preparation details are listed directly below the description of each course. Additionally, the information will be attached to the email confirmation received after registration has been completed.

Does ICP offer classes for high school students?

Yes, we offer classes just for teens. ICPs Teen Academy program offers a range of opportunities for teenagers to develop their knowledge of photography. In-class sessions range from ten-week classes to a yearlong intensive program focusing on professional applications called Imagemakers.

Teen Academy

What is the Imagemakers Program, and how is it different from the 10-week Teen Academy courses?

The Imagemakers program is a year-long, advanced level photography program providing high school students the opportunity to explore their creativity and learn the technical and professional skills necessary to pursue higher education or a career in photography. The 10-week classes are for the beginner and intermediate photographer. Photo I classes focus on the fundamentals of 35mm photography. Photo II & III classes are theme-based and center around personal vision while honing technical skills. These courses are excellent for students looking to learn photography as an extracurricular activity or for students looking to gain the prerequisites for the Imagemakers program.

Is Teen Academy just for high school students?

No. Students are eligible to enroll in Teen Academy courses the summer before high school begins through the summer following high school graduation.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to teens before the start of each term.

When can I register?

Registration dates are available here and registration is only available online.

Is there a summer program for teens?

Yes. There are summer classes available through Teen Academy. These courses meet twice a week for four-weeks.

Do I need my own equipment?

No. ICP has 35mm cameras available for Teen Academy students to use for the duration of their course.