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Postgraduate Course in Photography and Visual Language

Postgraduate - 4 months

​Learn expressive and narrative techniques to tell your story using images.

    Postgraduate Course in Photography and Visual Language

    The Postgraduate Course in Photography and Visual Language is an immersion in the cross-curricular understanding of artistic and applied photography through its tools, giving priority to the understanding of photography for expressive and narrative purposes. It aims to encourage the development of artists and photography professionals in a context that requires specialists who are sensitive to interdisciplinarity.
    You will receive full training on photographic language, its techniques and expressive consequences. Thus, you will learn to shoot with all professional formats, to express yourself with natural or artificial light, to properly handle post-production tools and to disseminate images with new technologies.


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    The main objectives of this course are to:

    • Learn first-hand how to build an image, its language, its treatment from a technical point of view and how to reproduce it on various media.
    • Familiarize oneself with current photographic production, its themes and genres, its practical and artistic applications, and cultural value in the information society.
    • Work with different cameras and professional formats, taking into account their expressive and narrative functionality.
    • Get to know the latest technologies in digital image-making, in small, medium and large format and their creative effects.
    • Have an introduction to the digital lab and all its expressive tools.
    • Approach discourses around the contemporary image with its ethical and social repercussions through its representation techniques.
    • Learn to use photography as a communication tool in digital media and social networks and understand its position as a lingua franca.

    Professional Opportunities

    During the course students become more aware of possible media for their work, whether in the commercial context (advertising campaigns, editorials, reports, etc.) and in the art world (Photobook, exhibition, online presentation or intervention in the public space). The careers open to graduates are:

    • Freelance photographer
    • Production assistant
    • Assistant art director
    • Post-production work
    • Jobs in publishing


    Joan Villaplana

    Joan Villaplana

    Degree in Humanities from the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona following the thought itinerary. Photography studies at the GrisArt School in Barcelona.
    He has exhibited his photographic work at the China Pingyao International Photography Festival, the Central European House of Photography in Bratislava, the Lumen Foundation of Budapest, in Lodz Fotofestiwal, the Cultural Center of Spain in Guatemala and the Lipoli&Lopez Gallery in Rome.
    He has collaborated with Le Monde Diplomatique, La Vanguardia, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Corriere della Sera, Prensa Libre, Surface, Etiqueta Negra and On Design, among others. In 2008 he was nominated for the Photobook Award of the New York Photo Festival for the book Metropolis.



    Nicolás Combarro

    Artist & Curator

    Born in 1979 in A Coruña, Spain. He studied Audiovisual Communication in Madrid where he works as independent artist and curator. As an artist he has exhibited his work in Spain and internationally. As a curator, he has worked on monographic projects for artists as Alberto García-Alix: Reina Sofia National Museum in Madrid, UCCA in Beijing, MAAM in Moscow or Miguel Angel Campano in Kiosko de Alfonso/Palexco.

    Jorge Fuembuena

    Jorge Fuembuena

    Artist & Photographer

    Born in 1979 in Zaragoza, Spain. He has been awarded with grants in Spain and Latin America such as Ranchito or Casa Velazquez. He has also exhibited his work in both collective and individual exhibitions around the world in places such as Brazil, London or Palma de Mallorca

    David Jiménez


    Born in 1970 in Sevilla, Spain. He has created diverse personal works that have been displayed in books, exhibitions and audiovisuals throughout Spain and abroad. Noteworthy events in his professional career include winning the Best upcoming photographer Prize at PHotoEspaña 99, and the publication of five individual books, among them Infinito (2000) that has been recognized as one of the most influential photobooks of the last decade in Spain, and versus in 2014. He has exhibited his work in Rotterdam, Arlès, Toulouse, Torino, Athens, Seoul, Bogotá, Chongqing and many other cities, including several places in Spain. 

    Duarte Amaral Netto


    Duarte studied photography at Ar.co from 1996 until 2000, where he won the Kodak scholarship to complete his studies in the institution, which were later continued with the participation in the first Photography Course of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the completion of the Post-Graduation in Theory of Visual Culture in 2008.

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    Postgraduate Course in Photography and Visual Language

    • Type of course : Postgraduate
    • Language : English
    • School: Visual Communication
    • IED Credits: 20
    • Start date: October 2019
    • Duration: 4 months
    • Timetable : Afternoon 16.00-20.00 h (Mon to Thu, 3 to 4 days per week)
    • Attendance: in-person
    • Qualification: Private
    • Directed to : photographers who want to acquire a solid foundation in technical and narrative resources. Artists and image creators in formats such as drawing, multimedia and video wishing to learn about the photographic language. Designers who want to integrate photography into their practice. Web designers working with images and multimedia.
    • Admission process : CV, motivation letter, portfoliio, personal interview
    • Enrollment rate: 1200 €
    • Course Fee: 3900 €

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