Program presentation

Spéos and The National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (INSEP) have teamed up to create a unique and exclusive Sports Photography program. INSEP is the reference operator of high performance sport in France since 1965. In the heart of the Bois de Vincennes in Paris, 28 hectares are devoted to the preparation of the elite of French sports. This center brings together the best athletes and offer them the most modern infrastructures and equipment in order to train them in an optimal way: 21 poles of activity gathering 26 Olympic and Paralympic disciplines thus make of the INSEP one of the largest sports centers in the world.
This intensive program takes place in Paris in 1 year, from October to September of the following year, in English.

The Sports Photography program is for students who wish to pursue a career in sports photography. It allows students to acquire the codes of sports photography, in all sports fields.

Surrounded by the French athletes who are experts in their discipline and technically advised by the Spéos teachers, the students will be able to live a unique experience in sports photography between photographers and high-level athletes.

The official program is delivered by Spéos and its teachers, under the supervision of Didier Fèvre, a renowned sports photography reporter with more than 25 years of experience in the newspaper L’Équipe.

The work includes coverage of training and events every week within INSEP.

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

Diploma: Sports Photography by Spéos with INSEP
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 photojournalism and creative documentary, from September to December. From the first weeks, students will have the opportunity to evolve within INSEP.
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 their supervisors.

During the second semester from January to May, the students improve their practical skills and broaden their range of knowledge: post-production with the deepening of the use of photo software (Lightroom, Photoshop), graphic chain calibration and showcasing their work through social networks and the development of their personal website.

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.
The students also have the possibility to exhibit their work online in the web galleries.

The Expert modules 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.

Photojournalism and Sports Photography
Semester I: 6 hours/week
This course aims at giving students a comprehensive training in photojournalism and sports photography. It seeks to cover a broad horizon of topics that will allow the participants to consider a professional career by responding to work assignments, as well as developing topics with a more personal point of view.
The course structure is based on two important themes:
– The photographer as a witness