Master of Professional Photography

Master - 9 months

  • School: Visual Communication
  • IED Credits: 60

All of the tools you need to develop your professional career in the fields of photography for Advertising and Editorial, Documentary and Reportage and Fashion and Lifestyle.

  • School: Visual Communication
  • IED Credits: 60
  • Start date: 05 October 2020
  • Language : English

Master of Professional Photography

This master provides working tools that students can develop and apply in the different domains of photography. Each student can decide when to enroll on each module. We aim to teach a methodology, not a series of recipes or technical details. Our guest specialists in photography, edition, post production, lighting and communication theory will provide their own point of view and will stress the aspects of major relevance. This richness and its international spirit make this master something really special.

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The Master of Professional Photography is divided into three modules, three specialisation areas which you can study independently in these postgraduate programmes:


We aim to teach a methodology, not a series of recipes or technical details. Our guest specialists in photography, edition, post production, lighting and communication theory will provide their own point of view and will stress the aspects of major relevance. This richness and its international spirit make this master something really special.

  1. Offer students a view of current tendencies in applied and commercial photography.
  2. Implement the tools and knowledge used in the photography industry.
  3. Familiarise students with contemporary working methods in the field of production, studio management, postproduction, publishing and stock.
  4. Show the cultural value of photography, forms of collaboration and creative funding models.
  5. Analyze the new challenges and opportunities of photography.
  6. Know about the history of photography in the context of design.

Program Leaders & Tutors


Ramón Palacios-Pelletier


American photographer who studied in San Francisco and trained in New York assisting photographers such as Mark Seliger and Max Vadukul. His work, specialised in portraiture and editorial, includes famous actors, writers, musicians and models.

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Ricardo Cases


Graduated in Journalism by the Universidad del País Vasco, he is a teacher at the IED Madrid since 2011. A member of the Group Blank Paper, he runs the editorial project Fiesta Ediciones


Nana Körke

Creative Director

A Regional Creative Director specialising in Beauty, she currently heads the Creative Management for Europe of the Pantene Hair project. With more than 100 advertising spots and countless photography sessions, she has worked with the best directors in the field and internationally renowned photographers.


Susana Vera


Susana studied photojournalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She work in several publications such as the Sun Publication weeklies in the Chicago area and the News & Observer in North Carolina.


Juan Achiaga

Photographer & videographer

Photographer formed between Spain and New York. He currently resides in Madrid where he has worked for brands such as María Escoté, Adolfo Dominguez, Multiópticas or Samsung, and for magazines such as Neo2, i-D Spain or Marie-Claire China combining everything with his personal work as a photographer.


Martin Parr

Photographer, member of Magnum Photos

He was born in 1952 in Epsom, in the UK. In contrast with the constant stream of images produced by the media, his photographs seem to see the world from a unique perspective. His iconic photographic work is original, entertaining and recognised all over the world. He is currently the president of the legendary Magnum Photos, of which he has been a member since 1994.

Cristina de Middel

Artist & Photographer

Born 1975 in Alicante, Spain. Is a documentary photographer and artist living and working in London, United Kingdom. De Middel self-published The Afronauts in 2012, a photobook about the short-lived Zambian space program in Southern Africa. The book quickly sold out and the work was met with critical acclaim. She was nominated for the 2013 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for The Afronauts.

Zed Nelson

Documentary Photographer

Zed is an internationally acclaimed documentary photographer, who lives in London. He divides his time between editorial assignments and long-term projects that interrogate our cultural landscape. His work has been exhibited widely and published in magazines worldwide (including The Guardian Weekend magazine, the Sunday Times, TIME and The New York Times), and has received numerous awards, including First Prize in World Press Photo Competition, the Visa d’Or (France) and the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award (USA).


Álvaro Felgueroso 


Álvaro studied photography at the Art Academy in San Francisco and worked for the New York Times, Leica Photographie International, GQ, Squire, Harpers Bazaar, The International and other international magazines. Since 1991 he has participated in various solo and group exhibitions.

Gianfranco Tripodo

Documentary Photographer

Gianfranco Tripodo is a freelance documentary photographer. His work is represented by Contrasto. He was born in 1981 in Manila, Philippines. He has worked for magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, FT Weekend Magazine, El País Semanal, Monocle, Der Spiegel, M, l’Espresso, Rolling Stone, IL, and Colors, among others. He won the third prize at the World Press Photo 2015. He has also worked with commercial brands such as Red Bull, Red Bull Music Academy, Sony Music, McCann, Samsung, Madrid City Council, Carhartt, Moupia Hats and Saucony.

Ivory Serra


Ivory Serra has been a photographer in New York City for 15 years. He received an MFA from Hunter College, and taught photography at NYU for 5 years. Serra has been first assistant to some of the biggest heavyweights in the world of celebrity portrait photography. Names like Annie Leibovitz, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, Frank W. Ockenfels , Mark Seliger, Willy Rizzo, Martin Schoeller and Peter Beard have all placed their trust in his vast technical knowledge.
From 2002-2004, Serra was the official photographer for AOL Music. He documented the recording sessions and interviews of 35 or more artists ranging from Robert Plant and Peter Gabriel to Sheryl Crow and Kid Romeo. His photos have been published in a wide variety of magazines including: Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Time, XXL, Revolver, Guitarworld and ID, and featured in various books including Hip Hop Immortals, the Beautiful Losers exhibition book and Full Bleed.

Pilar Blazquez

Trends Research

Pilar is a member of the Spanish Coolhunting Association, collaborate in work innovation projects and learning expeditions to create an international community of change makers, to create better leaders and more competitive organizations that have a positive impact on society.


Manuel Toro

Creative, co-founder of CARMELA

CARMELA is an I+D creative lab based in Madrid that develops visual possibilities for innovation and experimental media pushing simplicity to its most aesthetically powerful limits.
His work explores the uses of story-making, transmedia and the creation of new bodies of literacy and visual grammar trough mixed formats. He is currently working between Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, and Canada.

Rosario García Guardiola

Strategic Planner 

Rosario García Guardiola had worked as Executive Supervisor in Young&Rubicam, Delvico Red Cell and Publicis Spain. She also works as strategic planner actually. She is on of the founders of I Am a Rock, a communication platform, doing campaigns, creating trademarks and content for companies…


Course file

Master of Professional Photography

  • Type of course : Master
  • Language : English
  • School: Visual Communication
  • IED Credits: 60
  • Start date: 05 October 2020
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Timetable : Morning 10.00 - 13.00 h (M - F. 3, 4 or 5 day per week) Selected workshops will take place from 10.00 to 14.00 h
  • Attendance: In-person
  • Qualification: Private At the end of the course, an accredited certificate will be awarded for having completed it satisfactorily.
  • Directed to : students with degrees in Photography, Fine Arts, Media, Advertising or Communication. Young image-makers who want to specialise in the practice of professional photography; Photographers working in the industry who want to develop their own style, in their professional and personal work.
  • Admission process : ·· Curriculum vitae ·· Letter of interest. ·· Technical knowledge in photography is mandatory (One Year Photography at IED Madrid or comparable); basic experience with post-production skills and a familiarity with audiovisual formats is also required. ·· Project Portfolio ·· Personal interview as deemed necessary by the Academic Coordination Team. ·· It is necessary for students to have their own camera to participate in the course
  • Enrollment rate: 3900 €
  • Course Fee: 11500 €

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