Paris, June 26, 2015. Magnum photographers pose for a photo outside of the Spéos Photographic Institute during the last day of Magnum Photos’ 2015 Annual General Meeting. (Photo by Pierre-Yves Mahé)

Intensive one-year program in Creative Documentary and Photojournalism from September to July

Magnum Photos and Spéos Photo School have partnered to create a unique one-year master class for Creative Documentary & Photojournalism in Paris.

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 Spéos and its appointed teachers and supplemented by Magnum photographers and staff.

Next session: September 2018 – July 2019
Campus: Paris
Language of instruction: English
– France, UK, EU nationals: € 30,000
– International students: € 30,000

Diploma: Creative Documentary and Photojournalism by Magnum Photos/Spéos
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 February 25th, 2016 — published in the Journal Officiel of March 17th, 2016.

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 and at Magnum, an important event visited by established photographers, photo agencies, iconographers and the press.
The Spéos course proper will be complemented by the Magnum Photos component, consisting of regular review sessions, artist presentations, assignments and discussions with Magnum photographers and staff in the agency.

Part III (Experts Modules) / May to July:

The last months of the program are dedicated to students’ encounters with a vast range of photography 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.

Classes and content of the Creative Documentary and Photojournalism program

Photojournalism and Documentary
Computer Imaging
Image Management and Publication
Studio for Photojournalists
Printing Techniques
Essentials of Photography
Tutoring Magnum Photos
Story Telling: Words & Images
Expert Module: The Photo Business
Expert Module: Advanced Photo Reportage

Read the testimonials of the Magnum & Spéos students – 2016-2017 promotion

Watch the video of the End-of-the-year exhibition from the Creative Documentary and Photojournalism Program by Magnum Photos and Spéos.

Every year, in mid-May, students exhibit their work at the Magnum Photos Agency in Paris during a group exhibition. The 2017 exhibition focused on European Youth.