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.

Applications for the 2020–2021 One-Year Certificate Program in Creative Practices are closed. Applications for the 2021–2022 academic year will be available soon.

About the Program

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

Additional Info

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The Curriculum


Required Classes

Creative Practices Seminar
Photography, Art, and Media: A History
Digital Seminar
*Analog Technical Seminar

Five- and 10-Week Electives

The Experience of Place
Light and Shadow
Understanding Portraiture
Images and Ideas
Color Darkroom
*Black-and-White Darkroom
*Alternative Processes
Introduction to Experimental Film and Video
Digital Video Projects 1
*Large-Format Photography

Weekend Workshops

Views from Home
Picturing Stories: Myths of New Narrative
Intimacy and Distance
Performance: In, of, and from the Feminine

January Workshops

Off the Wall and Into the Box: Experiments in Installation Practices
Another Photo Class About Truth?
The Photographer on Mars


Required Classes

Creative Practices Seminar
Photography, Art, and Media: A History
Digital Seminar
*Analog Technical Seminar

Five- and 10-Week Electives

Photographing the Familiar
Postcards from Real Worlds
Issues in Contemporary Video
Light and Shadow
Color Darkroom
*Black-and-White Darkroom

*Alternative Processes
Approaches to Portraiture
Visual Resistance
Sound Art and Design
Location Lighting
Digital Video Projects 1 & 2
Large-Format Photography

Weekend Workshops

The Hand and the Machine
Writing to Images (required)


Required Classes

Creative Practices Seminar
Production Seminar
The Fine-Art Digital Print
*Analog Technical Seminar

Five- and 10-Week Electives

Photography Meets the Cinematic
Working with Editorial Concepts
Conversations: Guest Lecture Series
*Color Darkroom
*Black-and-White Darkroom
Alternative Processes
Contemporary Commercial Practices
*Intermediate Large-Format
The Art and Science of Experimental Photography
Stories and Style: A Narrative Approach to Fashion
What is an Archive?

Weekend Workshops

Introduction to Digital Sound Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Art
Shelf Awareness: the Contemporary Photo book
The Art of Photographic Bookmaking
OYC End-of-Year Exhibition

Portfolio Review Day 



*These courses will resume when ICP is able to reopen its building and classroom facilities.

Alumni Work

Brian Galderisi (CP 2015)
Kathry Harrison (CP 2014)
Patcha Kitchaicharoen (CP 2017)
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.