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Master’s Degree in Documentary & Art Photography
Escuela de artes TAI
Master’s Degree in Documentary & Art Photography

Study Plan
Master's Degree in Documentary & Art Photography

  • ECTS – European Credit Transfer System
  • OB – Obligatorio
  • FB – Formación básica
  • FBC – Formación Básica Común
  • FBR – Formación básica de rama
  • PE – Prácticas Externas
  • RAC – Reconocimiento de Créditos
  • TFG – Trabajo Fin de Grado

Subjects

Documentary and art photography I

A journey through the evolution of artistic, documentary photography and photojournalism, from its origins until the fall of the Berlin Wall and the decomposition of the Soviet Union. Analysis of milestones, projects, discourses and key authors in the constitution and development of artistic, documentary, and photojournalistic photography. Analysis of the socio-historical context of its production, the technical-tactical analysis of image production and the conceptual and theoretical consequences of each author or project.

Theory of the moving image

Exploration of the evolution of photographic image practices in motion (fiction cinema, documentary film and video art), with special attention to the most radical or experimental proposals. Analysis of the socio-historical context of its production, the technical-tactical analysis of image production and the conceptual and theoretical consequences of each author or project.

Advanced lighting techniques

Consolidation of professional lighting techniques, both with natural and artificial light, to be able to design the lighting and control the exposure in photography shots. Professional photographic practices in the studio and outdoors.

Digital flow and applied photographic postproduction

Work protocol in digital photography: from image capture to digital post-production. Work tools for digital photography. Theory and practice of the main professional photography software and hardware.

Art photography market

Structural map of the artistic photography market: settings (institutions, galleries, museums, collections, publishers, fairs and festivals and national and international publications); players (collectors, gallery owners, curators, theorists, graphic editors, and critics).

  • Credits: 3

Publishing and documentary market

Structural map of the documentary photography market: settings (institutions, publishers, fairs and festivals, and national and international publications); players (graphic editors, agencies, iconographers, curators, and critics).

Moving image technology

Learn the video features offered by today’s DSLR cameras to record and edit audiovisual projects.

Documentary and art photography II

A journey through the evolution of artistic and documentary photography and interference from the implementation of postmodern narratives. Analysis of milestones, projects, discourses and key authors in the constitution and development of photographic practices.

Photographic projects methodology

Implementation of a research and storytelling methodology in photography. Methods and skills to convert the isolated image into a photographic project, a story, or a narrative space, including conceptual or documentary. Knowledge of the different types of investigation, from journalism (close to documentary) to artistic (conceptual speculation, performative applications, tactics for recording actions and ways of filing materials).

Photography curation and art narratives

A journey through curatorial practices from their origin to the present day. The curatorial practice as the backbone for the analysis of the evolution of artistic, discursive, and ideological practices of contemporary art. Beginning of the sketch of a documentary and/or artistic photography project, including both theoretical and purely material aspects.

Research methodology

Study and further exploration of contemporary research models and methods in the arts and humanities. Analysis of artistic theory, research, and practice from texts on cultural production and research.

Master’s dissertation

Development of a documentary and/or artistic photography project accompanied by a minimal conceptual report that links it to contemporary documentary and artistic photographic spaces and processes, as well as a series of images that reinforce its value as a story, narrative, atlas, or conceptual field. This project must be complemented by a video project done independently and in parallel, which is to be either complementary or used as a device for presenting the project's photographic images.

  • Credits: 12