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Program presentation

The intensive 32-week Professional Photography program is aimed at students with a strong work capacity. They will acquire all current skills and techniques within professional photography and put them into practice: photo reportage, studio photography, fashion photography, corporate photography, art direction, image management and publication.

After a first semester dedicated to the core skills, the students focus on their preferences (backed up by the advice of their instructors at Spéos): during the second semester, they specialize in studio photography or photo reportage.

Students thus learn to master the process of shooting in all the technical and artistic dimensions; they also produce their own portfolio for professional use.

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, with the continual guidance of their supervisors. Particular attention is paid to the synchronization of subject matters taught in the different courses.

Next sessions: September 2021-May 2022
Campus: Paris or London
Language of instruction: English
– France, UK, EU nationals: €18,000
– International students: €18,000
Diploma: Spéos School Certificate

Annsy: « I moved to London just for the school »

Awa: « I learned what I want to say as a photographer »

Thomas: « Spéos was a great experience »

Yichen: « Spéos is a great environment to learn photography, teachers are very supportive »

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Structure of the program

The first part of the program comprises the core courses, which cover all aspects of professional photography, from September to December. The first few weeks are dedicated to the acquisition of the basic techniques, allowing the students to be able to produce photos of good quality. During the following weeks, the students continually improve their skills (shooting techniques, composition and style) up to the level of young professionals within the field of photography. At the end of the semester, according to their career goals, the students choose a specialization, either in studio, or in photo reportage.
During the second semester, the students improve their practical skills and broaden their range of knowledge, from January to May. Depending on their career choice, they specialize either in studio photography, computer generated imagery, or photo reportage.

Specialization in studio
The students specializing in studio photography focus on the organization of complex studio sets. With the guidance of their supervisors, they lead fashion, portrait and still life shoots, encountering work conditions that are technically and artistically comparable to professionals.

Specialization in photo reportage
The students specializing in photo reportage focus on complex topics of today’s society. They investigate and cover them – supervised by their instructors – with in-depth photo documentaries and essays similar to those published by the media (magazines, news agencies, online media etc.).

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.

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: 3 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.
An introduction to the “Style and Composit