3 Year course – CSFP (HIGHER EDUCATION VOCATIONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATE)
MJM PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL OF PARIS & RENNES – FRANCE
INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSION
« To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart »
The professional photographer plans and takes photos in one or more areas of specialisation (fashion, portrait, documentary, reporting, etc.). They choose the subject, theme or story to deal with or fulfil an order for the client or photo department for whom they are working. They develop and sometimes edit their photographs. They may also perform supervision or management functions in a photography studio.
The photography course allows students to acquire genuine technical, artistic and professional expertise. At the end of their studies, they will have participated in workshops with renowned photographers, each a specialist in a well-defined and diverse field of photography (fashion, cookery, beauty, reporting, etc.).
They will have formed their own network whilst working on projects with makeup artists, photo studios, photo stylists, models, etc. and acquired basic knowledge of copyright, image rights and setting up a business.
During the end of year exam, they will have to present their paper and online portfolios to a professional panel. These will be the result of a personal project supervised by a photography mentor in accordance with the chosen specialism.
Each year, our students’ best pictures are celebrated during a highly anticipated private viewing which brings together photographers, students, photography agents to share the experience.
Photographers can work in many different sectors, such as:
– Magazine agencies – general or specialist
– Press agencies
– Illustration agencies (image banks, for editors, communication consultancies)
– Private studios (photo specialists, laboratories, specialist studios, etc.) or companies (internal photo department, graphic design industry, communication and advertising agencies, etc.).
– Local authorities’ photo departments, institutions’ photo departments (culture, heritage, communication, education, etc.)
– You can also specialise in animal photography, portraits, macro, sports journalism, wedding photos, etc.
There are several possible employment options: Author photographer/self-employed/salaried
Students focus directly on the skills and practices of the trade of professional photographer by addressing digital technology and silver-based photography head on. They undergo both artistic and theoretical training (colours, framing and composition, semiology and aesthetics of the image), technical training (image touch-ups, light, framing, focus, speed, etc.) and practical training (awareness of legal statutes, in the field approach with constant contact with professionals during work placements, visits to agencies and professional organisations).
We explore the different aspects of the photographer’s role through different modules such as shooting in the studio with the notion of the pack shot or the ability to direct a model (professional models) within a given setting whilst taking into account framing, composition and light.
The technical processes are addressed in the lab whilst developing and editing films in all formats and includes colour analysis and the correction of dominant features. The notion of reflection and discussion in relation to the image is given free reign within the context of intimate group seminars. The students take a step back from the image and familiarise themselves with composition, the treatment of the subject and the framing, and express their point of view in a theoretical and constructive debate.
The practical work is enhanced by ongoing training in shooting outdoors where each student can apply their expertise but also their personality and emotions to a given subject, which in one way or another, is reflected in the photographic rendering. The various modules cover a wide range of topics and give the students the opportunity to express themselves freely whilst respecting constraints,
The core curriculum of the first two years gives a wide overview with different orientations thanks to breakout sessions organised by the teachers. The MJM Graphic Design School welcomes renowned professional photographers to share their wealth of expertise with the young people and to bring a breath of fresh air in the shape of the latest industry updates.
From the third year, the young future photographers can decide, with the help of their teachers, on their area of specialisation depending on their interests and their strengths. At the end of the third year, personal portfolios prepared by the students will form part of an exhibition at an art gallery (open to the public) and will represent the celebration of 3 years of study providing genuine enrichment and a gateway to the ever-present world of image.
• Photographic devices and objectives
• Shutters, aperture, ISO & their relationship
• Exposure & metering
• The film and the digital process
• Light and colour
• How to take better photographs
• Hardware and software
• Retouching, resolution & printing
• The studio
• How to create a professional portfolio
• Photography agents & image agents
• How to prospect
• Silver, black and white, and colour
• Photoshop training
• Materials, contrasts, colours
• Emphasising a subject
• Adjusting tints
• Working with pixels
• Harmonising lines and shapes
• Editing (silhouetting, assemblies, fade out, simulating shadows).
• Still image
• Frame/out of frame, field/out of field
• Light – colour – black and white
• Out of focus
• Shooting angle
• The scale of shots
• Trends in photography
• Conference circuit (photographers, photography agents, magazines, etc.)
• Mood board
• Analysis of current influences (media, blogs, webzine, editorial, bookers, art collectors, etc.)
• Learning about the different application of the rough
• Being able to quickly express projects or ideas using freehand
• Developing a targeted vocabulary to be able to communicate with the professional photography world (workshops, role plays, image analysis in English, etc.)
• Introduction to creating a website
• Content and form of editorials
• Design and layout (designing and constructing the layout grid, golden rules of construction)
• Graphic design
• Using CMS (content management)
• The layout of photographic works
• Strategy for organising photos
• Writing a CV
At the end of the course and after satisfying a panel of professionals, depending on their training, the student will be awarded: a CSFP (Certificat Supérieur de Formation Professionnelle [Higher Education Vocational Training Certificate]) or a CERTIFICATION registered with the RNCP.
Currently, courses in Advertising Graphic Design, Infographics, Web Design, Fashion Design/Pattern Making and Interior Architecture are registered with the RNCP (Registre National de Certification Professionnelle [National Register of Vocational Certifications]).
Finally, our institution has been awarded the OPQF (Organisme Professionnel de Qualification des organismes de Formation [Professional Qualifying Body of Training Institutes]) qualification which attests to the quality of the training.
MJM Graphic Design is a Photography school in France. You can apply for follow the photography program in Paris & Rennes. You will become Photographer and make your passion your profession !