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Program presentation

The Title of Photographer RNCP level 7 is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in photography, with a particular emphasis on the business management of the profession. This is an intensive 1-year program from October to September of the following year.

This program is registered in the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP) by decree of February 25th, 2016 — published in the Journal Officiel of March 17th, 2016.

The Title of Photographer RNCP level 7 awarded by Spéos represents the highest level of professional training qualification for photographers, equivalent to a Bac+5.

This program allows students to master the photographic technique in all its artistic and technical dimensions. They are able to produce their own portfolio for professional use.

The Title of Photographer level I in 1 year comprises 3 phases:
– The Professional Photography in 1-year Program, from September to May.
– The Expert Modules, in June and July.
– The planning and elaboration of the Professional Project, from June to September.

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.

The Title of Photographer RNCP level I and 7 is also accessible via a VAE procedure (“Validation des Acquis de l’Expérience” — a French procedure by means of which work experience can be translated into educational levels). For further information, please contact us.

Next session: September 2021-July 2022
Campus: Paris or London (the Expert Modules are taught in Paris only)
Language of instruction: English

– France, UK, EU nationals: €23,500
– International students: €23,500

Diploma: 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.
> Know more about the professional certification RNCP level 7 (PDF)

Structure of the program

The first step is the Professional Photography in 1 year Program, which runs from September to May (intensive 32-week program). Students will acquire all current skills and techniques within professional photography and put them into practice: photo reportage, studio photography, fashion photography, corporate photography, image management and publication.

The Expert Modules (held in English only) 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 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.

Adrien Tisserand, Spéos Alumni 2019 : « Cela permet d’avoir une idée plus concrète de ce que l’on veut faire »

Andres Bravo, Spéos Alumni 2019: « It was the best two months in my Spéos experience »

Audrey Eberhard, Spéos Alumni 2019: « A real idea of what life after school will gonna be »

Candice Rovère, Spéos Alumni 2019 : « On a vraiment élargi notre réseau »

Clara Berbessou, Spéos Alumni 2019: « It was a real added value for the program »

Shenqi Tang, Spéos Alumni 2019: « I learnt a lot from this program »

Corentin Damas, Spéos Alumni 2019: « We have lots of confidence to grow as a Photographer »

Stephanie Lee, Spéos Alumni 2019: « Very practical modules for students who are going to face the real world »

The third step is the Professional Project, during which students reflect on their position at the beginning of their career and write their business plan. This stage runs in parallel with the Expert Modules, from June to September.

Course description

From September to May
See the complete and detailed information of the Professional Photography in 1 year Program.

Expert Modules can only be followed once the Professional Photography in 1 year Program has been completed. Students can enroll immediately after completing the program, or return to Spéos to complement their training in the following year(s).

The Expert Modules deal with the business of photography (management, commercial approach and publication of photos). Students also follow the Expert Module of their specialty:
Advanced Studio for studio specialization,
Advanced Photo Reportage for photo reportage specialization.

Expert Module: the Photo Business 
Duration: 5 weeks in 2 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 students 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. Students 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 — Professional Portfolio Development
Duration: 3 weeks (takes place at the same time as the Expert Module Advanced Photo Reportage)
Participants focus on developing their portfolio in professional work situations which correspond to their individual intentions and chosen specialisation, including fashion, portrait, advertising, and fine art photography. Numerous partnerships with luxury and fashion brands (Lacoste, Longchamp, Issey Miyake, Bulgari, etc.) allow for a complete, hands-on understanding of the production process from start to finish, including direct feedback from the client and the possibility for publication. The module also includes an intensive week of CGI (computer generated imaging) to create an immersive imaging experience.

Expert Module: Advanced Photo Reportage
Duration: 3 weeks (takes place at the same time as the Expert Module Advanced Studio)
Photo reportage 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.

Rencontres d’Arles – International Photo Festival
In July, the students participate for several days at the Rencontres d’Arles — a major international photography event in the south-east of France. They attend the events organized for the profession during the opening week and can visit exhibitions. They are most of all encouraged to present their portfolios to professionals and start networking.

During the Expert Modules, the students equally plan and elaborate their own business approach, to be implemented after their training at Spéos.

Through regular exchanges with their instructors, they are guided in their career choice, business strategy, 
market research, and obtain the necessary skills in marketing, financial and legal matters, so as to set up their own business plan.
At the end of July, the main points of their business plan are presented to a first jury, which evaluates the project’s relevance and feasibility.

During the summer, the students improve and fine-tune their projects, which need to be submitted at the end of September as a written business plan. A second jury evaluates and grades the final project.


Clara: « I am very glad about my year at Spéos »

Corentin: « Teachers are really good »

Julien: « I discovered Fine Art Photography »

Shengqi: « I like Spéos very much and I enjoy life in Paris »

Enrollment and Contact

Registrations are open all year round and are subject to availability.
You can send your application via the online enrollment form.

Feel free to contact Spéos if you have any questions about this program:

  • Telephone : +33 (0)1 40 09 18 58
  • Email : info[@]speos.fr
  • Skype : speos-admissions01

At any time you are most welcome to come and visit the school, just make an appointment!

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