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Escuela PIC.A - Advanced Courses 2016-2017

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Advanced Courses 2016-2017

Our advanced photography courses are designed for those students who in the 2015-16 academic year have already completed higher studies at the PIC.A School. These are one-year courses complementing the training of students who have successfully completed basic studies. Offering a wide range of specialisations, these courses are designed to focus on the learning, knowledge and practice of documentary photography, portraiture, lighting, editing, photo books and video editing.

Students need to have a reflex camera (not compact) and a laptop with a professional editing program installed to carry out the class-based practicals.

Applicants may only register for a maximum of two courses.

If free places remain, applicants who have not completed basic studies at the PIC.A School may register, subject to a level test.



The Documentary Photography course is geared towards the conception and narration of stories within the ambit of reportage and photojournalism, developing the students’ own vision and personal work within these themes via practical exercises supervised by the tutors. Documentary photography is a complex and demanding discipline enabling us to tell stories in a way that exhibits the latest trends in reportage, putting into practice the tools and know-how that photography currently offers.

By working collectively, contemporary photographic essays will be produced enabling a relationship to be established with the protagonists in their environment and topics such as sales channels, dissemination and financing to be explored. Editing techniques will be studied enabling the unfolding projects to be synthesised or extended, with comprehensive follow-up. A significant number of practical tasks will be completed during the course, so the students should have the time needed to carry out the practicals outside class hours.

Class times:

M & W: 18:30 - 20:00
Tue & Thu: 17:00 - 18:30



This course introduces students to the fascinating world of landscapes. The curriculum addresses various kinds of landscape: nocturnal, archaeological, industrial, urban, interior and natural. The course includes exercises aimed at stimulating the students’ vision and developing their photographic output; it will also foster critical editing to construct essays enabling students to hone their observation skills. The study and handling of large-format cameras will also be covered. A significant number of practical tasks will be completed during the course, so the students should have the time needed to carry out the practicals outside class hours.

Class times:

M & W: 17:00 - 18:30
F: 18:30 - 20:00 (intensive course)



The aim of this course is to make an in-depth study of the gaze, the projection of personality and lighting, workflow in a professional studio, and the optimization of the use of the studio and its components.

We will study the use and function of studio lighting with flash and continuous light, as well as a range of accessories: window, umbrella, snoot, beauty dish, etc., addressing various basic and advanced lighting approaches. Emphasis will be placed on reflection in the shot and photographic awareness; theory and practice will be combined throughout the course using both studio and outdoor shoots. There will be in-depth studies of portraiture for publication, self-portraits, books, staging, fashion and nude photography.

Class times:

Tue & Thu: 12:30 - 14:00
Tue & Thu: 20:00 - 21:30



Just when the paper format seemed to be threatened by digital media, the printed book is making a remarkable comeback as a means of disseminating the work of an individual artist thanks to the fact that self-publishing offers such a wide range of possibilities. A good photographic project can be put before the general public at reasonable cost and featuring excellent quality. This course introduces the student to the design and layout of books using Adobe InDesign software, as well as the tools and production processes involved in printing. The aim is to facilitate an exploration of the possibilities offered by the self-published book as a creative medium. The various aspects of the photobook will be addressed with the goal of preparing students for the creation of their own self-published volume. The idea is to offer students the opportunity to approach such basic aspects as design and layout. The methodology used in the course will be emphatically practical: the classes will consist of a preliminary explanation followed by practical exercises.

It is advisable to have an advanced photographic project underway in order to do this course.

Class times:

M & W: 17:00 - 18:30



In this course students will analyse ways of editing their images and reinforcing their work in such a way that the viewer is able to perceive the message the photographer wishes to convey. To this end various mechanisms of visual and communicative language will be addressed such as composition, photographic design, narration and the psychology of colour, among others. There will also be in-depth exploration of how to manage documentary photographic archives in order to optimise and conserve images and photographic essays for posterity. The course comprises three main blocks: photographic composition and design, photographic narrative and visual communication, and documentary management of photographic archives. During the course, the students will also learn how to show their work to the editors of journals and books and will meet photographers and professionals active in the industry. Students will also be encouraged to put the finishing touches to the own work, focusing on the retouching of images, personalising and emphasising their expressive potential in order to enhance their commercial value.

Class times:

Tue & Thu: 20:00 - 21:30



This course is an introduction to studio photography. The theoretical and practical foundations of the subject encompass the knowledge and control of lighting as a fundamental technique in managing image content. Students will learn to master the measurement of light and become acquainted with the varieties of lighting. The exercises will place emphasis on the correct management of lighting for portrait and product photography. The correct use of point of view and perspective will also be studied to provide thorough training in this introductory phase of studio work.

Class times:

Tue: 18:30 - 20:00 & Thu: 17:00 - 18:30


Aesthetics define artistic movements and their exponents. Those who manage to innovate and create their own style are the ones who are remembered by history. The technical development of photography has conditioned the way it has unfolded aesthetically, but it was the great artistic movements at the start of the 20th century, with their new ways of seeing, that had the most decisive impact on the various aspects of photography. Critical thinking as a means of interrogating the new tool has been crucial in the creation of the new aesthetics of the 20th century.

This course will give students the opportunity to study the aesthetic and narrative changes that have taken place in photography and video.

Class times:

M & W: 18:30 - 20:00



This course offers students basic know-how in the shooting and editing of video and audio for the creation of multimedia projects. Photographers are being asked more and more to introduce movement into their images, mixing soundscapes, music and text with meticulous typography and design to produce new creations. The press and magazines also require multimedia content such as video reports to complement their news articles, editorials and visual reporting, as well as animated computer graphics with voiceovers to explain a concept. Students will discover the various techniques needed to produce the components of a multimedia project: the shooting and editing of video and audio, creating visual and sound effects for the audiovisual element and creating an image for the multimedia element. For this course, students need to have access to a camera that can record video and audio, as well as a laptop. A considerable number of practical tasks will be undertaken during the course, so students should have the time needed to complete the practicals outside class hours.

Class times:

Tue & Thu: 18:30 - 20:00



The goal of this course is to provide a solid foundation for developing any of the multiple areas related to the digital processing of the image. These days it is essential for photographers to acquire a digital skill-set that is both fluid and reliable; the functions offered by Adobe Photoshop software will therefore be studied in order to complete the successful post-production of a photographic project, with an in-depth look at the various techniques for obtaining the most efficient use of the program.

The course will have an emphatically practical slant, so the exercises done in class are indispensable; this ensures a well-grounded training in the various processes that are most popularly used.

Class hours:

M & W: 17:00 - 18:30


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