This Intensive offers a supportive environment where intermediate and advanced photographers develop confidence with experimentation and self-expression, cultivate their knowledge and skills, and refine their personal approaches to the creative process. Students consider elements that hold personal significance, inform their photography, and resonate with a larger cultural or historical meaning. Photography, like other art forms, speaks to our hearts as well as our minds. While it can be precise and detailed, it is not the language of mere fact. It communicates the unsayable complexity of the human experience. Presentations, class activities, and short readings open pathways for ideas and inspiration. Assignments and weekly critiques guide participants toward realizing a cohesive project while developing their artistic practice and building a personal body of work.
Topics of study include:

  • Intuitive approaches to image-making
  • Defining the conceptual framework
  • Visual language as a tool for expressing ideas
  • Approaches for self-portraiture
  • Intimate and vulnerable photography
  • Aesthetics and visual metaphors
  • Image selection and sequencing
  • Fine art printing and art-book making
  • Industry best practices and strategies 

Benefits & Outcomes:

  • Identify your artistic interests and concepts
  • Cultivate your creative process in a supportive environment
  • Create meaningful personal work
  • Adopt industry-leading methodologies and practices
  • Develop your portfolio and personal style
  • Prepare your work for publication

Program Structure

Framework & Courses

Important Notes


The Personal Vision & Portfolio Intensive is an intermediate-advanced program: You are comfortable using your camera, whether film or digital, and with your photographic practice. You have experience using Adobe applications such as Lightroom or Photoshop. You may want to understand how to utilize your camera in a more thoughtful and articulate way, practice creative methodologies, or learn how to utilize theoretical concepts in relation to your portfolio of work. Students must meet the prerequisites of each course they register for as part of the program. 


Enrollment in the Personal Vision & Portfolio Intensive is open throughout the year. The non-refundable registration fee is $450. Registered students receive special discounted rates for each of the courses required to complete their Intensive ($600 accumulated discount), resulting in total savings of $150. 

As a limited promotion, ICP may approve and credit courses previously taken at ICP towards completion of the Intensive, and adjust the registration fee and remaining discounts accordingly (see Special Promotion).


Students must pass all required courses before receiving ICP certification. All courses must be completed within a period of 1-year from the date of registration (excluding approved past courses). Additionally, to receive their certificate, students need to present an edited and sequenced selection of 10-20 pictures from their personal project.  Once a student completes the requirements, a request for the certificate should be submitted using the button below.

Image by ICP faculty member Stacy Mehrfar
Image by ICP faculty member Jeanette Spicer
Image by ICP faculty member Janelle Lynch