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Program presentation

The Professional Photography in 2 years Program is aimed at students who wish to 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 year dedicated to the core skills, the students focus on their preferences (backed up by the advice of their instructors at Spéos): they either specialize in studio photography or in photo reportage during the second year of the program. 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 session: September 2021-May 2023
Campus: Paris or London
Language of instruction: French, English (subject to a minimum of participants)
Per year tuition for the program in French:
– France, UK, EU nationals: €7,950
– International students: €10,250
Per year tuition for the program in English:
– France, UK, EU nationals: €9,000
– International students: €10,250
Diploma: Spéos School Certificate

Ricardo: « I’m very ready to be a professional, the school helped me a lot »

Sharva: « I specialised in studio and work mainly in portraits »

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Structure of the program

The first year of the program comprises the core courses, which cover all aspects of professional photography, from September to May, during semesters I and II. This year is dedicated to the acquisition of the basic techniques, allowing the students to be able to produce photos of good quality. 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 year, according to their career goals, the students choose a specialization, either in studio or in photo reportage. The first year ends with the completion of a first personal project.

During the second year, the students improve their practical skills and broaden their range of knowledge, from September to May, during semesters III and IV. Depending on their career choice, they specialize either in studio photography or in 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 fourth 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.

Studio
Semesters I and II: 3 hours/week of lessons and 3 hours/week of tutorials
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.

Photo Reportage
Semesters I and II: 1h30/week
The course is designed to give an overview of photo reportage, focusing on 3 main themes: corporate photography, social photography and photojournalism. It includes discussions on the work of past and present photoreporters and coverage of Paris and London events.

Computer Imaging
Semesters I and II: 1h30/week
This course aims to:
– understand what the main parameters and formats of digital images are,
– learn how to manage a stream of digital images and retouch photos using Lightroom software,
– discover the Photoshop application and design a layout using this software.

Image Management and Publication
Semesters I and II: 1h30/week
This course helps photographers to manage their image stock with guidance on how to caption a picture, to assign the right key-words, to fill in the IPTC data. All of these are essential for any photographer to locate their pictures and to have them published.

Contemporary Photography
Semesters I and II: 2 hours/week
These lectures are given by artists or actors of the art market. They aim to educate students about the history, evolution and current trends of photography. Exhibition visits can be organized on an ad hoc basis.

Meet the Profession
Semesters I and II: 2 hours/week
The purpose of these meetings is to present a va