The Creative Documentary & Photojournalism program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in documentary photography and/or photojournalism, in the Magnum Photos tradition of visual storytelling.
The course equips students with the historical and contextual framework required to develop and engage in critical thinking about documentary photography, as well as providing technical guidance and tutorial support to develop students’ individual documentary practice. Students have unique access to Magnum’s photographers and its experienced staff, with elements of the course taught at the Magnum Photos office in central Paris.
The formal program is delivered by Speos and its appointed teachers and supplemented by Magnum photographers and staff.
Diploma: Creative Documentary and Photojournalism by Magnum Photos/Speos Titre de Photographe RNCP level I (Fr) and 7 (Eu) – code NSF 323 t This program is registered in the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP) by decree of December 22th, 2014 — published in the Journal Officiel of December 31st, 2014.
Part I / September to December:
The first part comprises the core courses, which cover all aspects of professional photojournalism and creative documentary.
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 and Magnum Photos. During this time, students will have access to the extensive book library at the Magnum Photos Paris bureau, featuring an inimitable collection of renowned photo publications.
Part II / January to May:
During the second part, the students improve their practical skills and broaden their range of knowledge. The last week of the second part 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, photo agencies, iconographers and the press will be organized for the students at the Magnum premises. The course will be complemented by the Magnum Photos component, consisting of regular review sessions, artist presentations, assignments and discussions with Magnum photographers and staff.
Part III (Experts Modules) / May to July:
The last months of the program are dedicated to students’ encounters with professionals: Duration: 8 weeks
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 and photo reportage, combining theory and practice. Participants meet up with photography professionals from various domains, who share their experience and know-how from their respective fields of expertise.
Program description classes and content
- Photojournalism and Documentary
- Computer Imaging
- Visual Identity
- Image Management and Publication
- Printing Techniques
- History of Photography / Museum and Gallery Visits
- Essentials of Photography
- Tutoring Magnum Photos
- Story Telling: Words & Images
- Expert Module: The Photo Business ( Part III )
- Expert Module: Advanced Photo Reportage ( Part III )
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