The PHotoEspaña International Centre Alcobendas has designed a new five-year academic programme that is structured in two sections, with the first and second years classified as Basic Studies and the third, fourth and fifth years as Higher Studies. The implementation of the new curriculum will take place over three years: the third year will be programmed in this academic year and the fourth and fifth years in succeeding years.
The aim of this new programme is to offer the future photographer a sound and comprehensive technical and humanistic training, and is aimed at people who want to use photography as a means of personal and artistic expression as well as a career opportunity. At the end of the course, the academic training is completed with the PHotoEspaña Master’s course in photography, an intensive programme enabling students to embark upon a professional career in this discipline.
Over the course of the year, PIC.A also organises master classes open to the general public, professional seminars in which current issues in the medium are explored in depth, as well as single-subject workshops and online courses.
The PIC.A School is based at the Espacio Miguel Delibes in Alcobendas, where more than 400 students receive training annually. The city has various outdoor exhibition spaces for photography and hosts important exhibitions at the Alcobendas Art Centre, home of the Alcobendas Photography Collection, one of the most important public collections in Spain.
Basic studies (first and second years) focus on the technical aspects of photography, as well as fostering the development of each student’s own particular vision.
In the second year, in addition to basic studies, students are required to take two compulsory four-month subjects.
Higher studies (third, fourth and fifth years) are designed for students who have successfully passed their basic studies. Teaching focuses on a range of creative areas such as documentary photography, portraiture, history, architecture, landscape, lighting, photographic aesthetics, fashion photography and technical training. In the fifth year, to finish the course, students are required to complete an end-of-course project, to be developed over the final year.
In addition to higher studies in the third year, students are required to take two compulsory four-month subjects.
These are courses designed for students with extensive knowledge of photography and who have successfully completed basic studies at the PIC.A School. The programme consists of one-year specialisation courses in various areas of photography: documentary photography, portraiture, capture, photographic aesthetics and video editing, among others.
PHOTOESPAÑA MASTER’S IN PHOTOGRAPHY: ARTISTIC PROJECTS AND THEORIES
In the Master’s programme, photographers wishing to consolidate their visual offerings and embark on a professional career will work with outstanding creators and international specialists to broaden their work by compiling their own portfolio, an artist’s book, an exhibition project and a multimedia piece.
As well as its annual courses, PIC.A runs a programme of single-subject workshops offering photographers the chance to learn with contemporary masters of photography, and professionalisation seminars giving photographers the tools they need to promote their work.
© Claudia López Ortega