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Scholarship applications are now open for the ICP Teen Academy winter term. The deadline to apply for a Winter 2019 is Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 11:59pm.

About Teen Academy

Since 2001, ICP’s Teen Academy program has supported thousands of New York City high school students in using cameras as tools to tell their own stories, build community, and contribute to social change.

Housed in ICP’s brand new state-of-the art facilities on the Lower East Side, Teen Academy creates spaces for students to locate themselves in the traditions and teachings of analogue imagemaking. The program is designed to cultivate visual literacy, personal vision, and leadership skills through classes focused on the techniques and history of photography and visual culture. The program includes seasonal 10-week classes in black-and-white and color darkroom, digital and new media, and a yearlong advanced program called Imagemakers.

Seasonal Classes

Teen Academy offers quarterly classes for every level. Photo I in Black-and-White is geared for beginner-level students seeking an introduction to making exposures with a 35mm camera, film development, and darkroom techniques. After learning the foundations, students can further their visual storytelling skills in a Photo II in Black-and-White. Photo II in Black-and-White ranges in theme and provides an opportunity for students to refine their technical and aesthetic skills. This term, we are excited to introduce two new intensives, a Digital Video I course as well as a level II course in self-publishing photography. 

All curricula is youth-centered and includes: photographic and writing assignments, lab time, visual presentations, discussions, critiques, a field trip, a guest artist visit, and a culminating presentation for family and friends celebrating the students’ achievements.


Teen Academy Imagemakers enables motivated high school juniors and seniors to advance their photography, writing, and public speaking skills while developing an awareness of the creative and professional possibilities in the field. This weekly after-school program provides more advanced teen photographers with guidance from some of New York’s best teaching artists and extensive access to ICP’s facilities. By the end of the year, students will create a comprehensive portfolio, including an artist’s statement and résumé. Their best work is featured in a culminating gallery exhibition.

Applications for the 2019–2020 school year are now closed. Please check back in June 2020 for application details for the 2020–2021 school year.

Scholarship Application Guidelines

Teen Academy is committed to making photography education accessible to all young people, regardless of their economic resources. Need-based scholarships are available to teens in all classes before the start of each term. To view our Winter 2020 course opportunities, click here.

Scholarship awards cover a portion of tuition as well as materials (e.g. photo paper, film, camera loan) to complete the course.

In order to be considered for a scholarship in an upcoming class, please review the requirements below. 

Any student who is currently enrolled in an ICP Community Partnership affiliate program automatically receives a full scholarship. If applicable, please indicate your affiliation when prompted on the application form.

Application Requirements:

  • Scholarship applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until Wednesday, December 18, 2019
  • Only students currently enrolled in high school are eligible to apply.
  • Teen Academy offers classes for every level. Students with any level of photography experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Scholarships are determined based on a committed interest in the program as well as financial need. In order to determine need, applicants will be prompted to fill out a financial information section of the application with their parent/guardian. Students who do not qualify for a need-based scholarship can register online here.

Only first time scholarship applicants need to submit this application form.

If you have previously submitted this online scholarship application through Submittable AND enrolled in a Teen Academy course, you do not need to resubmit your financial information and essay. Instead, returning scholarship students are invited to complete this Returning Scholarship Student Application Form to sign up for an upcoming class. 

We ask students who completed a scholarship application before it was on Submittable to complete the scholarship application below.  

Application Checklist

  • Part One: Course Selection 
  • Part Two: Student Information
  • Part Three: Parent/Guardian Information
  • Part Four: Student Essay (a 250-500 word statement describing your experience, passion, and goals as they relate to the medium of photography)
  • Part Five: Financial Information/Tuition Contribution (to be completed with Parent/Guardian)
  • Part Six: Attendance Agreement

Upon submission, please allow two to three weeks to hear back regarding your application status.

If you have any questions, contact teen_academy@icp.edu

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.