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About the Program

Program Dates: June 29–August 7, 2020
Application Deadline: April 15

The International Center of Photography’s Vision and Practice Summer Intensive Program gives students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate study the opportunity to spend six weeks in New York City immersed in photographic imagemaking. This rigorous educational experience is designed to expand participants’ perception of the visual world and focus their ability to fluently express themselves and their ideas through images.

With the city’s rich cultural landscape as a backdrop, students spend three days a week in class and receive ample time to complete challenging assignments from across the curriculum. Coursework is supplemented by museum and gallery visits, field trips, studio visits, and guest lectures to enrich students’ knowledge of visual narrative and expression.

Guided by ICP’s diverse faculty of imagemaking artists and professionals, students will come away equipped with advanced digital imaging skills as well as extensive knowledge of analog processes and a range of lighting techniques. At the end of the program, students will produce a professionally printed book to showcase their individual and collective achievements.

The Curriculum                     

Navigating the Nuance

Thursdays 9 AM–1 PM
This core seminar will support students in the making of meaningful and original work from ideation to approach to realization. Presentations, readings, exhibition visits, and photographic assignments provide the basis for meaningful in-class discussions and critiques.

When History Meets the Contemporary

Thursdays 2–6 PM
This course will provide an overview of the seminal moments in the history of photography. Alternating between class lectures and gallery and museum tours, we will observe and analyze the various intersections between the past and the contemporary, while discussing and discovering the connections between them. We will consider the many layers of visual storytelling as we develop a greater understanding of the impact and depth this medium has had on our visual culture. 

Seeing in the Dark

Fridays 10 AM–2 PM
In this class, students will explore traditional analog practices. You will work with manual 35mm, medium, and large-format film cameras, process black-and-white film, and create darkroom prints in the black-and-white and color darkrooms. Through field trips, guest artist visits, and shooting assignments, you will further expand your understanding of the technical and aesthetic possibilities of film photography. Discussions will include contemporary issues in art and how they relate to film photography. In this hands-on class, assignments are designed to expand and inform students’ own artistic visions.

Technical Seminar 

Wednesdays 9 AM–1 PM
Students explore various aspects of digital imagemaking in this in-depth course. Through demonstrations and hands-on sessions, students learn the basics of using digital cameras and imaging software. Topics include camera operation, exposure, scanning methods, RAW file conversion, image retouching, advanced color and tonal adjustments, layering and masking techniques, file management, and printing. Class discussions and assignments will build imaging skills and assist students in becoming more technically adept. There will be a series of photographic exercises and presentations, as well as critiques aimed at developing a discerning eye and using digital tools to enhance visual narrative and expression.

Light, Shadow, and Style

Wednesdays 2 AM–6 PM
A painterly and sophisticated use of light can help an artist communicate nuances and layers in their work, establish moods and heighten emotions. Beauty, irony, power, fantasy, drama, theatricality, cinematic narratives and other aesthetic, political, psychological, and storytelling concepts can all be emphasized with a masterful use of light. Our aim will be to train your eye to see light the way that a camera sees it and approach illumination in your photography as if painting with light. 


Coursework is supplemented by museum and gallery visits, field trips, studio visits, and guest lectures.

The Faculty

Darin Mickey
Jean Marie Casbarian
Liz Sales
Keisha Scarville
Frank Franca

Application Procedure

Thank you for your interest in ICP’s Vision and Practice Summer Intensive.

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 admissions@icp.edu or 212.857.0006 to inquire about deadlines.

Application Checklist

You must submit the following items when applying to the Vision and Practice Summer Intensive:

  • A portfolio of 10-15 photographic images. Each image should be a jpeg not exceeding 5mb and no larger than 1280 x 1280 at 72ppi. Videos up to five minutes in length may also be submitted. Please test all digital materials before submitting.
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose, 250- 500 words describing your reasons for applying to the program and elaborating on your artistic interests and future goals.
  • One letter of recommendation from a current professor or academic advisor at your home institution of study attesting to the applicant's personal and artistic strengths.


Prospective students must display a genuine interest in strengthening their skills and knowledge in photography, visual arts, and media to apply to the Vision and Practice Summer Intensive Program. Applicants must be currently enrolled or have graduated from an undergraduate program within a year of the program start date.

Admission Process

Acceptance of admission to the Vision and Practice Summer Intensive 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 his or her program of acceptance and will be applied to the summer term tuition invoice.

Tuition & Costs 

Tuition for Summer 2020: $6,200

Lab Fee: $250
Annual Equipment Insurance Fee: $74 
Application Fee: $25

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


Summer student housing is available for this program. For pricing and information on how to apply, contact: admissions@icp.edu.


A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available. See the section regarding scholarships in the application on Slideroom. For any further questions regarding merit-based scholarships, contact admissions@icp.edu.

International Students

International students may apply to the Vision and Practice Summer Intensive Program; however, ICP is unable to provide F1 visas for this program.


Image: © Rochelle Brockington (CP 2019)