FAQs

Does one receive a diploma after the completion of the Professional Photography Programs?

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 (“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”).
Read more about the professional certification RNCP level I (PDF)

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?

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?

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?

Courses in London are taught in English.
On the Paris campus, courses 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?

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

In France, if you are salaried, you might be able to obtain tuition funding via à CIF (“Congé Individuel de Formation”). Programs eligible for CIF: 1-year Programs in Paris.

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”?

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?

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

What is your students’ profile?

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?

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 and 3 studios in Spéos London).

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?

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?

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 London?

You should budget approximately the following amounts:
– Transportation: the cheapest way is to buy the monthly Oyster card, which allows you to travel in London by bus and subway.
– Living expenses: £400 per month
– Housing:
1) A room to rent in a private house: £90 – £150 per week
2) Studio (furnished): £200 – £300 per week
3) A two-bedroom flat: £400 – £500 per week

Living expenses in Paris?

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?

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 London?

Speos is located in the the South East of London, in Camberwell.
The address is 8 Graces Mews, Camberwell, London SE5 8JF.
The nearest overground train station is Denmark Hill.
Our office is open from Monday till Friday from 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

Where is Spéos located in Paris?

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?

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.