The Master of Arts (MA) in Fashion Film and Photography is a one-year program in Photography, with a specific accent on fashion, dedicated to emerging photographers who wish to specialize in creating still and moving images for the fashion industry.
The professional practice of fashion photographers today increasingly includes film, so the moving images will be taught alongside still. This program meets the demands of an expanding market for fashion advertising through storytelling in photography and film, using social media, and capitalizing on the ability to reach large audiences at a reduced cost through online marketing. Many young fashion brands rely entirely on films distributed online, and festivals devoted to fashion films, like the one pioneered in Paris by Diane Pernet, and this phenomenon is doubtlessly growing.
Students with an undergraduate background in photography and demonstrated technical skills (black & white and color photography, light, common software programs for editing) will be considered for admission.
The program combines technical knowledge and principles of photography/film research and theory. Studio classes and workshops conducted by professionals emphasize the mastery of contemporary techniques and professional practices, while theory-based and methodology courses help students develop their personal creative visions. Thanks to internships during the fashion weeks held in Paris several times a year, students will be well prepared to enter the job market and will have started to create a professional network.
Students specialize in photography/film, choosing to produce a final portfolio of either still or moving images, while at the same time continuing to broaden their knowledge and skills through supportive art & design courses and electives. Since graduates are expected to join the job market upon graduation, the focus of the program is on studio and research, rather than on scholarship and preparation for teaching.
The structure of this degree is comprised of 3 types of classes:
Studio: Creativity & Inquiry (core and elective courses)
Research: Investigation (core and elective courses)
Professional skills (core and elective courses)
What are the advantages of studying in Paris?
Paris, like Milan and London, is doubtlessly a fashion capital that plays a key role in the world of fashion, as suggested by the many fashion photography agencies, magazines, fashion designers brands, fashion weeks, etc. It’s a vibrant international market for fashion photographers. Furthermore, the international dimension of both the city and Paris College of Art provides a unique platform for students who would aspire to experience an internship or work abroad.