Creative Practices

One-Year Certificate Program
ICP's One-Year Certificate Programs provide advanced students with an intensive yearlong course of study to strengthen personal vision, refine skills and technique, and explore the many disciplines informing media and art today.

About the Program

Upcoming Info Sessions & Deadlines

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The deadline to apply for the 2023 Creative Practices One-Year Certificate program is March 15. Financial aid is available for qualified candidates. 

General Information

The Creative Practices Program embraces a diverse range of photographic approaches for innovative expression in an atmosphere of cooperative learning. Students are not only encouraged to explore and define their own goals, but also challenged to situate their work within the broader context of the cultural, artistic, sociopolitical, and psychological use of images.

Featuring an accelerated investigation into the history of photography, contemporary theory, and craft, the curriculum also boasts a large selection of electives. Through these varied offerings, students can let their curiosity and passions lead them in new directions, ranging from nontraditional documentary narrative to experimental image production to other media, including video, sound, performance, and installation. By solidifying each student’s technical skills and broadening their vision, we build a foundation for ongoing, meaningful, and content-driven individual and collective practice.

“During my time at ICP, I learned more about myself and how my artistic process was functioning—and how to move that forward—than I ever would have on my own. Having an open, constructive, and honest learning environment is the key!” – Fie Frühwirth (CP 2018)
TOP IMAGE: © Meryl Feigenberg, CP 2013

The Curriculum


Required Classes

Creative Practices Seminar
History of Photography
Digital Technical Seminar
*Analog Technical Seminar

Five-, Ten-, and Fifteen-Week Electives

Light and Shadow
Bright Moments
The Experience of Place
Still Life for Real Life
The Hand and The Machine
Social Photography
Old Media, New Media: Archives and The Documentarian 
A Study in Strobes  
*Technical Seminar in Color 
*Technical Seminar in Black-and-White
*Alternative Processes
Introduction to Experimental Film and Video
Digital Video Projects 
*Large-Format Photography

Weekend Workshops

Intimacy and Distance
Views From Home
Music Over Truth: A Street Photography Workshop
DIY Film Scanning

January Workshops


Time and Space: The Portrait and The Self
Another Photo Class About Truth?
The Photographer on Mars
Bringing Home The Bacon: Experiments in Food Photography


Required Classes

Creative Practices Seminar
Digital Production Seminar
*Analog Technical Seminar

Five-, Ten- and Fifteen-Week Electives

The Surreal Self
Light and Shadow
Photography and Performance
The Art and Science of Experimental Photography
Inside The Gallery
Stereo Views: Explorations in Sound and Image
Stories and Style: A Narrative Approach to Fashion
Writing About Your Practice
Critical Writing for Artists
A Study in Strobes
*Technical Seminar in Color 
*Technical Seminar in Black-and-White
*Alternative Processes
Issues in Contemporary Video
Digital Video Projects 
*Large-Format Photography

Weekend Workshops

There Are Other Worlds: Images, Editing, and Ambiguity
Shelf Awareness: the Contemporary Photo Book
The Art of Photographic Bookmaking
Performance: In, of, and from The Feminine

OYC End-of-Year Exhibition

Portfolio Review Day 

*These courses are offered exclusively to students enrolled in ICP’s on-site One-Year Certificate Programs.

Alumni Work

Abstract art.
Sara Fernandez (CP '18)
Abstract art.
Val Schnack (CP '20)
A person posing.
Omer Kaplan (CP '20)
The Chair
Darin Mickey, chair of the Creative Practices program, is a New York–based photographer. He is the author of Death Takes a Holiday, J&L Books, and Stuff I Gotta Remember Not To Forget, J&L Books. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Aperture, the New York Times Magazine, VICE, the Washington Post Magazine, I.D., FOAM, and Doubletake among others. He has exhibited work in both solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Detroit, Cleveland, Copenhagen, Sydney, and Tokyo, and is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art Watson Library Collection, Museum of Modern Art Library Collection, the Museum of The City of New York, Museo d’Arte Contemporenea di Roma, and others. Mickey has been teaching at the International Center of Photography since 2001 and the Cooper Union since 2004.