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The ICP-Bard MFA Program is currently paused and is not accepting new applicants at this time. ICP remains committed to providing a comprehensive and engaging two-year graduate program.

Application Procedure

Thank you for your interest in our ICP-Bard Program in Advanced Photographic Studies.

All applicants should apply online through Slideroom. The Admissions Committee will review only application packages that are completed in their entirety. Please contact the Admissions Office at [email protected] to inquire about deadlines.

Application Checklist

You must submit the following items when applying to the ICP-Bard MFA program:

  • A portfolio consisting of 20 images.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's personal and artistic strengths.
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work to be sent directly from all institutions attended to ICP-Bard MFA Admissions. You may upload a copy of your transcripts to your online application.
  • A one-page Statement of Purpose of no more than 500 words in length, describing your reasons for applying to the program, and elaborating on the influences on your work and its current direction, as well as your interests and research.
  • TOEFL scores if English is not your first language.
  • $100 Application Fee.


Artists who seek the stimulation and challenges of an interdisciplinary environment in their pursuit of the master of fine arts degree are invited to apply for admission to the ICP-Bard MFA. Successful candidates should demonstrate a strong grasp of the technical craft, historical background, and current practice of photography with an interest in the practices of other disciplines.

Applicants for admission must 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, but 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.

Please note: Eligible veterans, authorized by the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs' via the Vocational Rehabilitation or Post-9/11 GI Bill Programs, can now apply for the ICP-Bard MFA program. To find out if you qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill Programs, visit the VA website.

Admissions Process

Applications and portfolios are evaluated by the ICP-Bard faculty committee. Candidates selected are required to attend an in-person interview at ICP with the Admissions Committee and may bring an original work portfolio of 20–30 photographic prints, no larger than 11x14 in.

International and out-of-town applicants may request an internet interview. All internet interviews are conducted during regular business hours Eastern Standard Time.

Offers of admission are sent via email and are valid only for the year in which they are made. Decisions regarding admission will not be given in person.

Accepting admission to the ICP-Bard MFA program must be received by the date specified on the Letter of Acceptance and must be accompanied by a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $500 (USD). Make deposit payable to International Center of Photography, in the form of cash, credit card, bank wire transfer, U.S. money order, or U.S. cashier's check, issued from or authorized by a U.S. branch bank.

The deposit reserves the student's place in the ICP-Bard MFA program and will be applied to the fall semester tuition invoice.

Tuition & Costs

Annual 2020–2021 Tuition: $34,063

ICP Center Fee (includes Lab/Graduation): $2,700

Semester Registration Fee (two times per year): $100

Application Fee: $100

Annual Equipment Insurance Fee: TBD

Bard Health Insurance: TBD

Tuition and fees are the same for domestic and international students. Students will have the option of paying tuition and fees for the academic year either in-full or in two installments. You will be notified of the dates on your Tuition & Policy Agreement.

ATTENTION: Students may not attend classes if their tuition has not been paid in full unless authorized in writing by the Director of Education.

Please Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase from year to year. For current information on program costs, please see the Admissions section of or contact Admissions at [email protected] or 212.857.0006.

Health Insurance

ICP-Bard MFA students must demonstrate they have health insurance comparable to the Bard College plan, or otherwise are required to enroll in the Bard Health Insurance Program. Cost of Health Insurance Packages are available to students upon acceptance into the MFA Program. The health insurance application and fee must be submitted prior to the first day of the semester.