Advanced level course overview
The three-month long photography and multimedia course – advanced level – is for those who, having already a good knowledge of how to use a film and digital camera, skills on architecture photography techniques as well as on photojournalism and commercial photography, want to further study high-end photography aspects of the photographer’s career in the fine-arts today’s world.
This course is aimed at amateurs, who meet the entry requirements listed below. Most importantly, the advanced course is offered to students who are interested in further study what was taught during the beginner and intermediate level course.
The course aims at continuing the study of different aspects of fine-art photography; also, its goal is to continue the students’ training in film and darkroom techniques, with a deep focus on developing a critical eye and a personal style, ending with a printed portfolio. During the course, specific branches of photography will be taught, such as fashion photography, editing and portfolio making, photo exhibition set up.
Three-month levels as part of the One-year academic course
The three-month basic, intermediate and advanced level courses are parts of the Photography Fine-Art Academic Professional One-year Course. Extra-EU students can take advantage in taking a three-month block course with no need for long-term VISA, getting out of Europe after three months and then back again to attend the next level.
Please note that attending just one ore two levels does not entitle to get the Professional Certificate. In this case a Certificate of Attendance will be issued for the attended levels only.
Goals and Objectives
Since the course is aimed at the students who have completed the preparatory beginner and intermediate level courses, they must have a solid background in the subjects previously taught in those levels. Once completed their professional training, they can have access to the final exam for to obtain the professional certificate.
The main subjects of the advanced course are fashion photography, portfolio planning and exhibition making. For the entire duration of the course, the students will work on multiple digital portfolios, based on specific topics analyzed during the course. Furthermore, they will create their final printed portfolio and organize the final collective photo exhibition.
The final photo exhibition takes place in Florence in a gallery or local where show-case of photographs is possible. The final exhibition is an asset of our course for to showcase student’s work and to step in the important phase of art exhibition. Florence is the right location to begin to publicize your works. Please take in account the opportunity the school can offer with the final exhibition while enrolling to this program.
Get Professional Certificate through our recognized institute
The “Professional Photographer and Fine Art Photographer Expert” can be easily employed in a wide and diverse range of fields, such as photography, publishing industry, art market. This professional figure can take pictures and print high-end pictures that demand different styles and techniques, combining creativity and technical knowledge.
After completing the entire program (all three levels) and successfully passing both the modules and final exams, the student be issued a Professional Certificate in Fine-Art Photography Communications. Our Professional Certificate is recognised by the Ministry of Italian Education, in accordance with the law. (For more information, see the “Professional Certificate” web page). For attending just one or two of the modules, the student will be accredited with a Certificate of Attendance only.
Prerequisites and requirements
The course starts from a beginner level, so no previous knowledge of photography is required for Basic level. A good knowledge of camera operation and photo management is required for to entry in the Intermediate level. Students should own gears and materials as listed at the page Student Guide.
Attention, please: this course is taught in Italian language only. A quite good knowledge of Italian language is necessary to attend the course. It is recommended to attend an Italian language course before or beside the Academic course. You can add a Combined Italian language and Academic course, in order to study both subject matters and take advantage of the skills provided by our Academic courses.
Combine this course with language course
If you like, you can combine this course with Italian Language lessons at your choice. Please visit the page Combined courses and inquiry us for any help in combining the two courses.
Subject matters: Fashion and portraiture photography.
On the study of professional lighting as a form of communication associated with the aesthetics of the taking phase. In this module, the students will acquire an awareness of the communicative power of photography and develop their own personal style of visual communication.
At the end of this module the students are able to operate in a professional photographic studio, use of lighting equipment and large format cameras independently.
Main topics of the course:
Short history of fashion photography
Trends in fashion photography from the 20s to today
Creativity and innovation
The fashion shooting studio
Use of the light meter on the set
Lighting schemas for fashion photography
Rembrandt and butterfly lighting
Bounce and diffused lighting
Direct sun and silhouette
Indoor and outdoor shooting
Study of important photographers which work or left their footprint in this subject matter field.
Subject matters: Personal portfolio making
In this course students will develop their professional portfolios and learn different methods of self promotion. Students will produce images in the field of photography that they intend to pursue professionally, such as photo-journalism, advertisement, fashion, and others.
During the course, they will discuss various types of portfolios by means of exchange, and will learn about various useful methods of self-promotion, like brochures, business cards, networking, digital portfolio for websites.
Main topics of the course:
Basics of photo editing
Catalogue, brochure, book
Basics of graphic design
Professional printing of books and brochures
Screen calibration to output
Digital portfolio for website
Subject matters: Personal portfolio and final group exhibition making
Beside the development of the professional portfolio students will prepare their prints for the final school exhibition, where all the best produced during the year will be presented in a final show in a gallery in town.
Main topics of the course:
Editing of final exhibition
Printing, matting and framing final exhibition
Set up of final exhibition