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Program presentation

Created and launched for the first two years by Dominique Issermann, Paolo Roversi and Spéos, this program is aimed at students who wish to evolve exclusively in the domains of fashion, luxury and beauty. Students have the opportunity to work on products of major brands such as Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel, Gucci, Issey Miyake, La Prairie, Lacoste, Dior, Longchamp… with an artistic direction respecting the brand universe of these big names.
This intensive and exclusive program takes place in Paris in 1 year, from October to September of the following year, in English only.

This program is for students who wish to pursue a career in fashion, luxury and beauty photography. The official program is delivered by Spéos and their teachers. The artistic direction has been given to:
– Azadeh Zoraghi, Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of Narcisse Magazine,
– Jean-Guilhem Lamberti, successively Managing Director of Publicis, Executive Image Director of Bulgari, Dior, Jimmy Choo, Shiseido, Dolce & Gabbana, Issey Miyake, Zadig & Voltaire, Elie Saab, Alaia, Narciso Rodriguez Beauty.
Both are internationally recognized and work closely with leading brands in luxury, fashion and beauty.

This program provides students with the foundations necessary to develop a critical reflection on fashion / luxury / beauty photography, while providing technical advice and educational support to develop their individual practice.

Next session: September 2021-July 2022
Campus: Paris
Language of instruction: English
– France, UK, EU nationals: €30,000
– International students: €30,000

Diploma: Fashion, Luxury and Beauty Photography
Title of Photographer RNCP level 7 – code NSF 323 t
This title is registered in the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP) by decree of 25 February 2016 – published in the Journal Officiel of March 17th, 2016.

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Structure of the program

The first semester comprises the core courses, which cover all aspects of professional photography, from September to December. Top-level professionals hold the courses and monitor the students’ individual acquisition of skills. Outside of class, students independently organize their shooting sessions and post-production, under the continual guidance of Spéos studio teacher.

During the second semester, from January to May, students improve their practical skills and develop their knowledge. They start a personal production cycle under the artistic direction of Azadeh Zoraghi, working on products of major brands such as Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel, Kenzo, Gucci, Issey Miyake, La Prairie, Lacoste, Dior, Longchamp…

The best work of the students will be submitted to the brands for possible publications on their social networks.

The last week of the second semester is dedicated to the set-up of the students’ end-of-the-year exhibition on the school premises – an important event visited by established photographers, picture editors, news and advertising agencies. The students also have the possibility to exhibit their work online in the web galleries.

The Expert modules (held in English only) aim at deepening the students’ previous knowledge and skills in those areas that are most demanded by the professional market. Each module takes place over several weeks, in June and July.

Courses and conferences are taught by experienced and recognized professionals who share their experience and know-how from their respective fields of expertise. These speakers emphasize the practical ownership of these skills and offer students valuable experience gain for their own personal projects.
See the list of lecturers year by year.

In July, the students participate in the design and creation of a magazine featuring their own photographic work to promote their achievements. This magazine is entirely designed by and for the students, with an editorial written by one of them.

Course description

Essentials of Photography
Semester I: 1h30/week
This course is dedicated to the acquisition of techniques essential to the practice of professional photography. Combining theory and practical exercises, it allows students:
– to learn and practice the Stop-System, the global learning method of light control in photography, a method developed by Spéos,
– to understand and know how to define its settings when taking pictures,
– to understand the techniques inherent in shooting and to anticipate post-production,
– to understand the operation of different types of cameras, including the large-format camera.
The elements covered will allow students to make relevant technical choices according to the desired result. Whatever the situation, in studio or on location, indoors or outdoors, this course will enable them to deal with the possible constraints encountered when taking pictures.

Semester I: 6 hours/week
This course is dedicated to the acquisition of the techniques essential to studio shoots, as well as to the treatment of digital images. Students are initiated to:
– the Stop-System,
– different types of lighting,
– the general principles of balanced light sources,
– as well as different types of cameras, from 35mm to the large format.
The purpose of this first part is to broaden and consolidate the field of knowledge in order to develop and develop a creative approach. An introduction to the “Style and Composition” class will initiate the students to the notions of style and composition in professional photography.

Conception of Men’s & Women’s Fashion / Beauty & Still Life
Semester I: 3 hours/week
This course aims to understand the history of fashion, its codes of visual communication, the modus operandi of the industry, as well as the main professions involved in the creation of fashion images – whether they are used for advertising, editorial, web or social networks.
Using concrete examples, students follow the creation of a campaign from the marketing brief and the brand platform to the final delivery, through the following steps:
– the creative development by the artistic director and their creative brief,
– the choice of photographer,
– the constitution of the production team and the creative team on the set, including hairdresser, makeup artist, stylist and set design,
– their response to the creative brief with the negociations to consider,
– the pre-production meeting (PPM),
– the management of the set and the different people involved,
– client management,
– the choice of photos, compositions, retouching, color profiles, print proofing, cropping, insertion of other elements such as packshots and typography, as well as other parameters according to the requested use.
Students will then discuss the differences between the domains of beauty, luxury and fashion, before finishing with an approach to still life.
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