The European Master of Professional Photography is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in photography, with a particular emphasis on the business management of the profession.
This program certified by EABHES – lasting for 14 months in total – comprises three phases:
The Professional Photography in one-year Program, from September to May.
The Expert Modules, from the end of May to the end of July (cf. below).
The planning and elaboration of the Master project, which needs to be submitted to a jury twice: an oral defense of the pre-project allows the students to validate their professional projects’ feasibility and coherence; the final jury’s comments assess the projects’ future implementation.
So as to obtain the credits necessary to validate the European Master, students need to have a Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS, in any subject, not necessarily photography) and need to pass a foreign language test at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
As for the language tests accepted: TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge exams for non-native English speakers; for English natives any official language diploma at B2 level in a European language that is not their mother tongue.
What are the Expert Modules?
The Expert Modules aim at deepening the participants’ previous knowledge and skills in those areas that are most demanded by the professional market. They cover the subjects of business management, image management and publication, advanced studio photography and photo reportage, combining theory and practice.
For 8 weeks in total, participants meet up with photography professionals from various domains, who share their experience and know-how from their respective fields of expertise.
Students can enroll immediately after completing the Professional Photography in one-year Program, or return to Speos to complement their training in the following year(s). They can enroll for 1 or 2 modules, supervised by professionals within the field of photography.
In July, the students equally participate for several days at the Rencontres d’Arles — a major international photography event, during which they visit exhibitions, present their portfolios and start networking.
Expert Module: The Photo Business
Duration: 5 weeks in two parts
Different experts present the business management of all kinds of activities linked to professional photography. The module gives an overview of the photographic professions and the market, copyright legislation, marketing, accounting and financial management within the field of photography.
This module also allows participants to deepen their knowledge in the domains of image management and publication, which are presented from the point of view of independent photographers, photo agencies and image banks. Participants also encounter picture researchers/image buyers working for publishing houses and advertising agencies, art directors and photo agents. Throughout the module, they acquire in-depth knowledge about the various possibilities to syndicate their own image stocks. And – last but not least – they get a practical overview of how to efficiently use social media for photographers.
Expert Module: Advanced Studio Photography
Duration: 3 weeks (takes place at the same time as the Expert Module Advanced Photo Reportage)
Participants encounter professional work situations, preparing complex studio sets, focusing on elaborate make-up, hairdressing and accessories. The module also presents a range of expert skills used in commercial photography: shooting with integrated digital post-production, specific retouching (culinary, skin, jewelry etc.), exterior studio shooting. Several meetings will be held at professionals’ workplaces.
Expert Module: Advanced Photo Reportage
Duration: 3 weeks (takes place at the same time as the Expert Module Advanced Studio)
Photojournalism is analyzed from the point of view of agencies, dailies, magazines, and independent photographers. Participants meet professionals working in the fields of image purchase, sales and editing within various kinds of media (print and web). Through these exchanges, they learn how to position them selves and to efficiently prepare their entry into the professional world. Several meetings will be held at professionals’ workplaces.