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Spéos Covid-19 Policy2022-01-25T13:46:52+02:00

Spéos is a vocational technical school and as such was able to remain open during the entire Covid-19 pandemic so far. The school has put into place all necessary means to adapt its pedagogy and organization in order to ensure the continuity of its training.

Application of sanitary measures

Spéos has spacious premises (1,200 m2 total) and teaches in small groups (12 to 16 students per class). The school has put into place all required sanitary measures:

  • masks are mandatory for everybody (the school has spare masks if need be)
  • hand sanitizer is available to students and teachers in all rooms
  • updated information is posted regularly
  • reinforcement of hygiene measures (washing one’s hands regularly, avoid shaking hands, cough or sneeze into one’s elbow, use disposable tissues)
  • cleaning of all premises is reinforced (disinfections and ventilation)

In case of a future mandatory lockdown by the government, the school year will be extended to compensate for the time missed, as it was already done during the first lockdown in April 2020 when Spéos stayed open during summer to make up for the classes missed in March and April.

Installation of air filters

In January 2022, Spéos equipped its classrooms with high-end medical grade air filters. They guarantee a healthy indoor environment and limit the propagation of epidemics by eliminating 99.6% of fine particles, bacteria and viruses present in the air (Covid-19 coronavirus, but also influenza and gastroenteritis).

Rapid adaptations to ensure educational continuity

As soon as the first lockdown took place in March 2020, Spéos quickly reorganized itself in order to continue its primary mission: training the photographers of today and tomorrow. The school set up distance learning solutions allowing the confined students — wherever they were in the world — to continue their program in close collaboration with their teachers.

Spéos equipped all its classrooms with video-conferencing systems, allowing for simultaneous face-to-face and online teaching. The students were thus able to decide on their learning methods (except for the studio classes, which remain face-to-face workshops).

During the second lockdown, which in France started on 30 October 2020, Spéos continued to operate normally and ensured that all its courses ran smoothly.

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What photo equipment do I need to follow Spéos’ professional photography programs?2022-03-21T13:07:25+02:00

In order to follow Spéos’ professional photography programs, students are required to bring the following equipment with them:

  • digital SLR camera + lens(es),
  • laptop equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan; the computer must meet the minimum technical specifications to use Lightroom Classic: 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD internal storage, i7 Processor (cf. https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/system-requirements.html); recommended laptop or desktop: 32GB RAM, 2TB SSD internal storage, i9 Processor,
  • Gigabit Ethernet adapter,
  • USB stick or external hardware compatible with MacOS (backup drive of 1TB external HDD storage strongly recommended),
  • memory card reader with USB connection (USB 3.0 or USB C),
  • tripod for outside shoots,
  • Speedlite flash (Cobra or equivalent, compatible TTL with your camera),
  • Compatible USB tethering cable / 5-meter USB extension cable.

Students can also optionally equip themselves with the following items:

  • flash meter,
  • transmitter / receiver kit,
  • graphic tablet (Wacom Intuos Pro M).

The school provides the following equipment:

Studios: Spéos supplies the studio lighting equipment, available to students during their studio classes and tutorials. Large format digital cameras are at their disposal during the specialization phase.

Professional lighting kits can also be borrowed from Spéos for outside shoots.

Computer Rooms: Spéos is equipped with Apple Mac workstations and Eizo calibrated graphics monitors. Students can bring their own laptops, external hardware, USB keys or other devices to work on their photos.

Supplies: Photo supplies (papers, prints, backdrops…) – when used during class work – are provided by Spéos free of charge. Supplies used for personal work (such as portfolio and exhibition prints, website subscription fees or business cards) are at the students’ expense.

What is a “contact case”?2020-11-12T19:15:26+02:00

A “contact case” is defined as “direct contact, within 1 meter, face-to-face”, without wearing a mask, with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19, irrespective of its duration. In this case, you are likely to be contacted by the Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie (CPAM).

Special attention must be paid to any symptoms that may develop. You are asked to take your temperature twice a day. Anyone presenting symptoms should not visit Spéos and should consult a doctor as soon as possible.

If you have been in contact with a student who has contracted Covid-19 but you have always respected the safety gestures (physical distance, wearing a mask, etc.) you are not considered a “contact case”.

If you have any questions, call the toll-free number: 0800 130 000.

I am an international student in France: do I have to present a Covid virological test (PCR)?2021-02-02T15:04:19+02:00

Update of recommendations for entry into France: following the government’s latest decisions on border measures under the state of health emergency, information for international students and researchers wishing to come to France has been updated. For more information, please consult the Campus France fact sheet: use this document to see in which area your country is included as of January 28, 2021. Please note, the areas are frequently updated according to the evolution of the pandemic. Please consult Campus France information for international students and researchers.

Where to find a Covid screening center?2020-11-12T19:15:49+02:00

You can get tested in private laboratories near your home.

You can also go to one of the free screening centers provided by the City of Paris and the Regional Health Agency (ARS).

Consult the Paris City Hall website to see the list by district.

What should I do if I have been informed by CPAM that I am a contact case?2020-11-12T19:15:44+02:00
  1. Isolate yourself.
  2. Several cases:
    • If you have a fever, contact your doctor to be tested.
    • If you have no symptoms, isolate yourself for 7 days and test 7 days after your last contact with the sick person.
    • If you have any signs that appear during your isolation, contact your doctor, get tested and stay isolated until the test result is available.
  1. Monitor your health and take your temperature twice a day.
  2. In case of a contact at risk, you are invited to report immediately to the Spéos secretariat, by phone or email.
What should I do if I have symptoms and doubts about my health?2020-11-12T19:15:32+02:00

Do not come to school, isolate yourself and contact your doctor.
Call Spéos or write us to let us know about your situation.

Paris in High Alert Zone: what impact for my studies at Spéos?2020-11-12T22:23:04+02:00

At Spéos, only small numbers of students are simultaneously present in its classrooms (groups of 12 to a maximum of 16 students per class). Moreover, the school has spacious premises (1,200 m2 in total).

Spéos has put into place all the safety gestures and applies the current sanitary measures, such as:

  • wearing a mask is mandatory (the school has emergency masks in case you forgot yours),
  • hydro-alcoholic gel made available to students and teachers in all rooms,
  • display of regularly updated information,
  • constant reminder of the rules of hygiene:
    . to wash hands very regularly,
    . greeting without shaking hands,
    . coughing or sneezing into your elbow,
    . use of disposable tissues,
  • taking the temperature of students at the beginning of each class to detect the onset of fever,
  • strengthening the cleaning of all rooms with daily disinfection and ventilation.

During the second lockdown, which in France started on 30th October 2020, Spéos continues to operate normally and ensures the smooth delivery of all its programs.

Following the publication of decree n°2020-1310 of 29th October 2020, the French Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Labor and Employment (the two Ministries on which Spéos depends) have agreed to enact special rules for institutions offering technical courses based on specific equipment, which is the case for studio classes and all classes using Adobe software. As a result, Spéos is in a position to continue its teaching normally.

In addition, Spéos has equipped all of its classrooms with video conferencing systems, allowing for simultaneous face-to-face and online courses. The students can thus decide how they want to attend a class (except for the studio classes, which remain face-to-face workshops).

During the first confinement in March 2020, Spéos had already adapted its pedagogy and its organization to ensure the continuity of the courses for the students.

Does one receive a diploma after the completion of the Professional Photography Programs?2022-09-05T10:52:27+02:00

The programs delivered at Spéos are accredited by the French government at the highest level of the professional certification.

To obtain the “Titre de Photographe” (a professional certificate in photography) registered with the RNCP level 6 (“Répertoire National de la Certification Professionnelle”), candidates need to successfully follow the corresponding program or have significant work experience validated via a VAE procedure (“validation des acquis de l’expérience”).

The students who are enrolled in the European Master of Photography Program will graduate with a European Master degree certified by EABHES.

For the other Professional Photography Programs, Speos delivers a private school diploma along with transcripts.
Overall, the most important thing for us is to prepare our students to work professionally: they will gain real-life professional know-how that will show through their books and websites.

Which is the admission procedure for the Professional Photography Programs?2020-10-08T10:03:38+02:00

Registrations for the various programs are open all year round.
Candidates can apply online by submitting the following documents:
– the completed Enrollment form
– Curriculum Vitae / Résumé
– Statement of intent / Letter of motivation
– Portfolio of 10-15 photos
– Certified copy of Bachelor’s degree (for European Master of Professional Photography programs only)

Complete applications will be examined by the Admissions Board, who personally informs each candidate as to its status.

If accepted, students have to confirm their enrollment by means of a tuition deposit or by paying the totality of the fees.

Can I take French courses before or during the school year at Spéos?2019-05-27T17:00:57+02:00

Learn French as a foreign language (FLE) with Etoile Institut de Langue before Spéos starts

For students who wish to prepare their integration in Paris by learning French, Etoile Institut de Langue provides intensive courses for 1 week – or more – during summer.
Spéos negociated a 15% discount on course fees and a 50% discount on administrative fees. In case you are interested, information on the enrollment process with preferential rate can be sent to you as soon as you have completed your enrollment with Spéos.
The visa will start at the beginning of the French courses with Etoile Institut de Langue, i.e. much ahead of the start of the school year at Spéos.

Please mention your enrollment at Spéos to Etoile Institut de Langue upon enrollment in order to benefit from these advantages.

In which languages are courses taught?2022-08-30T14:53:24+02:00

Courses at Spéos are taught in English and/or in French according to the program.

For all our programs (except the summer workshops), students who aren’t native speakers of either English or French need to have a language level validated by an English or French language test at B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The language requirement needs to be submitted at the beginning of a given program.

Is it possible to obtain financial aid through the school?2022-06-09T14:00:53+02:00

Unfortunately, Spéos cannot offer any scholarships or financial aid. Please contact your home university, government or private associations as to funding possibilities.

In France, employees can sometimes benefit from a “Professional Transition Project” (PTP, ex-CIF) or use their “Personal Training Account” (CPF, ex-DIF), which allows them to have all or part of their training financed by organisations such as Transitions Pro, AFDAS or any other OPCO.

These are long procedures and it is strongly advised to prepare the file at least 6 months before the start of the training. Only Spéos’ certifying trainings (delivering all or part of the blocks of competences) can be taken in charge by these financing schemes.

For international students, Spéos has concluded a partnership with the Caisse d’Epargne, allowing you to obtain easier account opening conditions. For more information, see the conditions (PDF).

Spéos is a training organization referenced in the Datadock tool. This means that Spéos has filed all the factual elements proving that it complies with the quality requirements laid down by the law of 5 March 2014 implemented by Decree No. 2015-790 of 30 June 2015 in the Datadock tool.
Datadock is a unique database on qualitative vocational trainings. It enables vocational training funders to verify the compliance of training organizations with the quality criteria defined by the law.
May I choose courses “à la carte”?2014-08-01T08:56:18+02:00

Our Professional Photography Programs are built as a coherent whole. You cannot choose your courses “à la carte” as they are linked, and it is necessary to pass them all, so as to professionally work in photography.

I’m 40 years old – may I enroll at Spéos?2018-06-14T17:01:40+02:00

There is no upper age limit to apply for our programs.

What is your students’ profile?2014-08-01T09:11:20+02:00

Very varied – certain students are in occupational redeployment, others are university students, some are self-taught photographers who come to Speos to update their techniques.

I already have some experience in photography – what does Spéos have in store for me?2022-08-30T14:50:30+02:00

At Spéos all aspects of professional photography are taught. If you already master certain skills, you will progress very fast, quickly be able to use all our facilities on your own, and focus on those aspects that are new for you.

The school’s mission is to prepare students to meet current market demands and accompany them in becoming successful photographers in the field of their choice. Thus, Spéos only hires professional photographers, actively working at a top level in their domains and up to date with the latest trends.
Classes take place in small groups for a personalized and tailored approach, allowing students to develop their own style and personal direction (excellent student/teacher ratio).

All Spéos programs emphasize hands-on practice, which requires a strong personal investment by students and a real desire to become a professional photographer.

Spéos provides students with spacious facilities equipped with state-of-the-art equipment available outside of class (18 studios in Spéos Paris).

In order to support and help graduates take their first steps in photography, Spéos has set up the Alumni Care Program, which aims to promote their work throughout the world. The Alumni network has 4,000 professional photographers in more than 50 countries.

I’m a beginner – do I have any chances of being accepted?2020-05-31T02:11:04+02:00

Our most important selection criterion is your personal motivation. We welcome beginners and more advanced participants in our various programs.

Could you help me find housing?2019-09-05T16:09:58+02:00

We have a housing file at students’ disposal.

For short stays, the hotel/hostel is the easiest option.
We will provide you with addresses according to your budget.

Living expenses in Paris?2014-08-01T09:16:50+02:00

You should budget approximately the following amounts:
– Transportation: the cheapest way is to buy the Navigo travelcard for about 65,00€ per month, which allows you to travel in Paris by bus and subway.
– Living expenses: 450-500€ per month
– Housing:
1) A room in someone’s home: 400 – 600€ per month
2) Studio (furnished): 600-900€ per month
3) 2 room apartment (furnished): 900-1500€ per month

Is it possible to visit the school?2014-08-01T09:17:38+02:00

Of course! If you have the possibility to come to visit us, we are happy to guide a tour for you, and answer any questions you might have

Where is Spéos located in Paris?2019-07-02T16:37:35+02:00

Spéos is located in the east of Paris in the triangle Bastille/République/Nation.
The address is 8 rue Jules Vallès, 75011 Paris.
The nearest subway station is Charonne on line 9.
Our office is open from Monday till Friday from 9.00 AM to 6.45 PM.

When should I apply for the Professional Photography Programs?2014-08-01T10:53:06+02:00

Since we review applications as we receive them, and since places are limited, we advise you to apply as early as possible. Afterwards, you might be put on a waiting list and will only know at very short notice whether you can join the program.


Anyone who claims to be a member of Spéos to look for models or to propose shoots, please be vigilant and check directly with the administrative team at +33 1 40 09 18 58 or by e-mail info[@]speos.fr
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