European Master of Contemporary Photography


Programme Description


The European Master of Contemporary Photography is, today, the most ambitious proposal in training in artistic photography and aspires to be a meeting point for artists and professionals for the enrichment of this field in Spain.

Practical and innovative, it is a unique program based on the excellence of its teachers (Martin Parr, Irina Chmyreva, Joan Fontcuberta and Andreas Müller-Pohle, among others) that is born from the premise that there is a European conceptual and creative identity and that this it is and must be a reference of the first order in the academic, cultural and art markets. In this sense, the participation of students from very different continents is especially interesting and enriching.

Consequently, the European Master of Contemporary Photography is based on three fundamental pillars:

  • International character, with a special focus on the European environment.
  • Excellence of the teaching staff
  • Orientation to artistic project.


The methodology of the European Master of Contemporary Photography is based mainly on workshops with high-level artists and theorists. The workshops last from one to eight days, with a weekly or biweekly frequency. These meetings help the student to develop a personal vision and place their work within the broad theoretical and contemporary artistic framework. In addition, group and individual work, tutorials and visits to companies, studios, etc. are carried out, which maximize the talent and creativity of the student. A fundamental element of the didactic of the master's degree is its orientation towards the personal project and its exhibition, as well as the personalized assistance.

IED Madrid is located in the heart of the city, a dynamic, accessible and sustainable capital that represents a model of avant-garde culture, the perfect place for the exchange of creative ideas. Madrid offers an extensive leisure program (conferences, theatre, cinemas, concerts, festivals ...) and a wide range of museums and cultural events (the National Library, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, La Casa Encendida, Reina Sofia Art Center ...), which makes it one of the great cultural references in Europe. The capital also hosts two of the most important cultural events in the country: PHotoEspaña and ARCO (Contemporary Art Fair), both directly related to the content of the Master.

Addressed to

  • Photographers with professional experience, as well as photographic artists who want to open a path in the art world.
  • Graduates in Fine Arts, in Audiovisual Communication or Advertising, in Journalism, in History of Art or Humanities who want to deepen their knowledge in artistic photography.

Professional outings

  • Photographer
  • Visual artist
  • Creative director
  • Producer
  • Art director
  • Commissar
  • Retoucher
  • Teacher.

Admission process

  • CV
  • "Motivation letter
  • Portfolio on a specific project that uses photography as the main form of expression (not exceeding 3MB).
  • Personal interview, if the Didactic Coordination deems it appropriate.

Training Credits * 60 * The didactic planning of all Master IED courses is based on the criteria set by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). IED Master adopts a credit system that follows the structure of the European Credit Tranfer System (ECTS). IED Master exclusively issues its own private titles.

Schedule: Flexible according to the needs of the workshops. Preferably from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Language: English (in the case of any activity in Spanish, simultaneous translation will be available).

Success stories

"I studied the master's degree and it became an opportunity to discover new languages related to photography and contemporary art", Jorge Fuembuena, Year 2013-2014, Works as an Artist

"After working in a whole year defining our style we formed a collective and we produced an installation for the PHotoEspaña Festival", Wawi Navarroza , Year 2011-2012, He works as an Artist and Musician

"The most important thing I learned was to think before taking a picture", Nikita Pirogov, Year 2011-2012, Work as Photographer and Artist

"Being able to share my work with photographers and curators during the master's degree helped me get a lot of promotion when I finished", Alena Zhandarova , Year 2012-2013, Works as a Photographer and Artist

"Sharing the photos I was doing with my colleagues helped me to have a broader view of my work", Yutaka Nozowa, Year 2013-2014, Works as Photographer and Artist

"The most important thing during the Master was the constant dialogue and questioning my own point of view." Exposing my work to others helped me to improve my point of view ", Eufália C. Paz, Year 2011-2012, She works as a Photographer and Artist

Last updated Jun 2019

About the School

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