Contemporary Photography

Master - 9 months

  • School: Visual Communication
  • IED Credits: 60

De​velop your own vision of photography in a creative and collaborative environment with teachers of such renown as Martin Parr, Joan Fontcuberta, Irina Chmyreva ​and ​Andreas Müller-Pohle.

  • School: Visual Communication
  • IED Credits: 60
  • Start date: 07 October 2021
  • Language : English

Contemporary Photography

The Master of Contemporary Photography is, at present, the most ambitious training proposal in the field of art photography and aims to become meeting point for artists and professionals, enriching this field in Spain.

In consequence, the European Master of Contemporary Photography is based on three main pillars:
• International nature, with a special focus on the European realm.
• The excellence of the faculty.
• A focus on the production of an artistic project.

With its mixed format, this degree will allow all students to learn, participate and be part of the IED community in person, in physical and virtual classrooms, and remotely. 

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Contemporary Photography

  • Type of course : Master
  • Language : English
  • School: Visual Communication
  • IED Credits: 60
  • Start date: 07 October 2021
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Timetable : Morning-Afternoon This Master program is structured around workshops and the elaboration of a tutored final project. Thus, the number of classes per week vary, according to each phase of the course. Workshops last from one to five days. Tutoring will be held on a monthly basis.
  • Attendance: Mixed
  • Qualification: Private At the end of the course, an accredited certificate will be awarded for having completed it satisfactorily.
  • Directed to : Photographers with a professional career, as well as artists in the photography industry who want to break into the art world. People with degrees in Fine Arts, Audiovisual Communications, Advertising, Journalism, Art History or Humanities who want to deepen their knowledge of artistic photography
  • Admission process : Curriculum Vitae, Letter of Interest for taking this course, A portfolio on a specific project that uses photography as its major form of expression (maximum 3MB). Personal interview as deemed necessary by the Academic Coordination. Language: Classes will be held in English (in the event of holding any activity in Spanish, simultaneous translation into English will be available).
  • Enrollment rate: 3900 €
  • Course Fee: 10500 €

Methodology of the Master’s Degree School

By completing an IED Madrid master's degree programme, you will access cross-cutting training that complements your knowledge and strengthens your skills, preparing you to be a unique profile in the job market. 

Online preparatory course: optional

As a student of this master's degree, you will be able to participate in a preparatory course on basic tools for understanding the functioning of design and the skills, from a technical and personal development point of view, inherent to it:

  • Presentation and portfolio
  • Methodology
  • Social Innovation
  • Photoshop *you will be able to take a level test at the start of the course
  • Indesign *you will be able to take a level test at the start of the course

Elective subjects: IED credits

In addition to the core subjects of the master’s degree programme, you may choose between 2 and 5 optional branches that make up the DNA of IED students. These training branches cover the tools that will make the difference in completing your professional profile.

CoLAB: IED credits

To enhance the cross-cutting nature of the programmes, we have a collaborative project in which students from different programmes come together to develop one single project. With the guidance of leading professionals in the sector as tutors, the working groups will approach new disciplines and techniques. You will meet profiles from other programmes, you will interact with them as in companies’ multidisciplinary work groups, enjoying a unique experience that will enrich the way you approach a project.
In addition, this collaborative project will feature two weeks of conferences, workshops and group presentations: WikIED.


Different projects by alumni of the Master of Contemporary Photography.

Success stories

Jorge Fuembuena

I studied the Master and it became an opportunity to discover new languages related with photography and contemporary art

Jorge Fuembuena

Year 2013-2014

He works as an Artist

After working for a whole year on defining our own style we formed a collective and produced an installation for PhotoEspaña Festival

Wawi Navarroza

Year 2011-2012

She works as Artist and Musician

The most valuable thing I learned was to think before I create a photograph.

Nikita Pirogov

Year 2011-2012

He works as a Photographer and Artist

To have the opportunity to share my work with photographers and curators during the Master helped me to get a lot of exposure when I finished it

Alena Zhandarova

Year 2012-2013

She works as a Photographer and Artist

To share the photos I was doing with my talented colleagues during the Master helped me to have a wider vision of my work

Yutaka Nozowa

Year 2013-2014

He works as a Photographer and Artist

The most helpful thing was the constant dialogue and questioning of my own point of view, the exposure of my work to others who through their experience and vision widened mine

Eufália C. Paz

Year 2011-2012

She works as a Photographer and Artist

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