New Media Narratives

One-Year Certificate Program
The New Media Narrative Program has been suspended for the 2020–2021 academic year. ICP remains committed to the curricular content of new media studies and will integrate courses addressing new media in both the Creative Practices Program and the Documentary Photography and Visual Journalism Program.

About the Program

The New Media Narratives program encourages photographers and artists to explore new strategies of imagemaking and visual storytelling made possible by technological change and informed by contemporary media, art, theory, criticism and the broader culture. This interdisciplinary lens-based approach focuses on exploring the innovative integration of a variety of media as a single expanded field. The program allows for specialization in photography and/or emerging media—which, in addition to still photography, can include interactive, time-based, immersive, performance and internet work and reimagine traditional practices like the photo essay and photobook while encompassing a broader interpretation of personal practice.

Each student is encouraged to define their own creative objective and find their own unique practice. The program is designed to tap into the spirit of innovation emerging among documentarians and artists as they explore new tools and possibilities for creating work and engaging audiences to tell personal and socially conscious stories.

Program Structure and Core Competencies

New Media Narratives is designed around an intensive yearlong course of study. The academic year is divided into three terms, with optional, weeklong workshops in January. Each term, students can register for five or six 10-week classes and three to four weekend workshops. Students should expect to spend 18–20 hours in the classroom weekly and to allow ample extra time for shooting, production, and the completion of assignments.

The program encourages you to learn and develop:

  • An awareness of lens-based production techniques, ethics and aesthetics
  • Visual and multimedia storytelling skills
  • Define a unique personal vision and storytelling approach
  • Specific skills in your area of interest
  • Technical skills (including camera, lighting, digital workflow, video, and sound editing)
  • An understanding of the workings and history of photography and media and their broad cultural and social impacts
  • Collaborative modes of practice

During the first term, many assignments are given to help students move out of their comfort zones and quickly acquire new skills and perspectives; in the winter term, our approach shifts to encouraging more self-directed, independent work; and in the spring term, as students' main projects are solidified and completed, assistance with presentation lead up to the year-end exhibition, a day of portfolio reviews with leading professionals, and graduation.

What Our Students Say

“The New Media Narratives program has opened my eyes to new ways of visual storytelling. I now consider a project as an opportunity to expand the media I use and not just limit myself to still photographs. The program creates a safe space for students to experiment with photography, audio, video, websites, data, and other emerging technologies like virtual reality. We are not blindly chasing trends. Instead, we are trained to think about the right platforms and mediums to deliver specific messages, and to choose the best one to tell the right story with—images, text, motion, sound…or something more immersive? The ICP faculty and students together form a very collaborative multimedia production team. We all bring in different backgrounds and expertise, and help each other grow.”
– Mengwen Cao (NMN 2016)

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The Curriculum


Required Classes

Multimedia One: Video and Audio
History of Photography and New Media
Digital Seminar

Five- and 10-Week Electives

Composition in Photography and Visual Storytelling
Text and the Photographic Image
Black-and-White Darkroom
Design and Code
Writing for Hybrid Media
Intro to Cinematography
Intro to Multiplatform Art and Narrative: VR and AR
Images and Ideas

Weekend Workshops

Audio Editing
Video Editing
Intro to 360 Video

January One-Week Workshop—Varies

Small Scale Installation
Intro to Arduino using Photography and Video
Intro to Processing/P5.js


Required Classes

Multimedia Two: Video and Audio
Digital Seminar

Five- and 10- Week Electives

Seeing Cinematically
Image Strategies for Human Rights
Black-and-White Darkroom

Projection Mapping
Storytelling in New Dimensions
Mobile Storytelling
Multiplatform Art and Narrative: VR and AR

Weekend Workshops

Motion Graphics Using After Effects One
Very Short Films
Stepping into VR
Making a Zine in InDesign


Required Classes

Conversations: A Guest Lecture Series
Production Seminar and Writing
Digital Seminar

Five- and 10-week

Filmmaking—Narrative Fundamentals
Image Strategies for Human Rights
Sound Art and Design
Black-and-White Darkroom
Body and Place: Video + Performance + Installation
Projection Mapping Production Seminar
Storytelling In New Dimensions Part 2
The Photo Book
AR for the Photo Book

Weekend Workshops

Editing for Editorial: Video, Photography, and Multimedia
Story Perspectives
Photography Expanded

OYC End-of-Year Exhibition

Portfolio Review Day


Alumni Work

Caroline Cuse (NMN 2017), VR view
Bleue Liverpool (NMN 2018)
Mariano Fernandez (NMN 2018), Miami by Drone
The Chair
Elizabeth Kilroy is the founding chair of the New Media Narratives program at the International Center of Photography school. Her first graduating class of students, collaborated with Mark Ghuneim and Charlotte Cotton in the realization of the real time media streams in the Public, Private, Secret exhibition in 2016. Her related essay and other issues within the field of new media storytelling can be found on Cotton’s book referencing the exhibition, published by Aperture. This pioneering class also ran ICP’s first ever visual hackathon, Hack the Photo, a two-day event that drew 90 photographers and storytellers. As an award-winning visual storyteller, designer, and creative technologist, she has been immersed in digital storytelling and photography for many years, creating engaging content that harnesses the ever changing possibilities of the web. She investigates ideas and work that fuses visual storytelling, design, technology, and emergent practices to disseminate nonfiction narratives and often speaks at conferences and events. Adjunct teaching experience includes Tisch Photo NYU, Temple University, Baruch College, SVA, and ITP. She taught in the Magnum NYU summer program for four years with Fred Ritchin and Susan Meiseles. She is a graduate of UCD Dublin where she read English and philosophy, attended NCAD Dublin where she studied visual language and design, and holds a graduate degree from NYU’s ITP.