Biennial Photography Course
IIF Biennial Photography Course trains professional photographers from scratch, providing them with a deep knowledge of photography techniques, languages and genres.
It is not necessary to have previous experience in photography to enroll, since the course tarts from scratch. However, it is recommended to have a a reflex/mirrorless digital camera: you will start using it in the first weeks of the course, even though in the first semester you will mainly shoot with view cameras.
There isn’t an admission test, but the number of places is limited. Students can skip the first year of our Biennial Photography Course and move up to the second by sending us a portfolio with studio and outdoor portrait, landscape and still life photographs. IIF faculty will judge the quality of photographs, and students’ photographic techniques and visual communication skills.
All classes are taught in Italian. We do not request a language proficiency test, but students are expected to have at least a basic knowledge of Italian language.
IIF teaching approach is complete and practical. In this course you’ll study all the main photography genres, from portrait to still life, from fashion to nude, from reportage to landscape. In addition, you’ll delve into modern shooting techniques, editing, videomaking and planning.
During both years you will study the history and criticism of photography. Moreover, you will have postproduction classes involving the use of Lightroom and Photoshop in the first year and advanced Photoshop and Indesign classes in the second.
Commercial and artistic collaborations
In the second year you will also have meetings with professionals from the commercial sector, such as lawyers, accountants, agents etc. They will help you prepare for the photography market and teach you how to introduce yourself professionally.
In their second year, students will have the chance to take part in exhibitions, photo books, photography festivals, commercial projects for clients working in several sectors (fashion, food, design, music, events), experiencing the working environment from the beginning.
At the end of the course, not only will students’s portfolios cover all the main photography genres, but they’ll also include photos commissioned by our clients and taken at real events.
Istituto Italiano di Fotografia has several business partners, so that its students and former students have the chance to work with several brands, agencies and publishing houses.
You can tell how well our system works by looking at our former students CVs: they are successful professional photographers working in different sectors: fashion, food, events, reportage and so on.
Course structure and schedule
Duration of the course: 2 years | 1st year, from October 2022 to June 2023; 2nd year, from mid-September 2023 to July 2024.
Schedule: 1st year, from Monday to Friday, in the morning or in the afternoon (chosen by the student) | 2nd year, from Monday to Friday, in the afternoon. On Saturday you can use the studios for free to practise (upon reservation).
Starting date: 1st year, Monday, October 10, 2022
IIF has 5 big studios, so practical trainings can take place in compliance with social distancing measures.
When COVID safety measures allow it, IIF chooses face-to-face teaching for theoretical classes too. In order to make it easier for students to attend, theoretical classes are held both in presence and online. Students can choose what suits them best. Practical classes and trainings are face-to-face only.
Cost: € 7.400 for the first year | € 8.500 for the second year.
We offer scholarships, and you can pay with a one-off payment, in installments or ask for a zero-interest loan. You can find more information in the course brochure.
Open day IIF
On Thursday March 10, 2022 IIF organises an open day to present the school and its courses. There will also be three photo shoots, so you will have the chance to see how a professional photo shoot works.
- Duration 2 years
- Language Italian
The academic structure is organized to give a valid basic preparation with an optimal balance between theory and practice. During the academic year, are addressed subjects related to visual communication and the history of photography, landscape, photographic technique, and digital post-production. Practical lessons of still life and portrait are introduced from the first weeks of the course. The first three months include use of the large format camera.
Program in synthesis :
• Technique 1
• Visual communication 1
• Design 1
• Still life
• Landscape 1
• Portrait 1
• Self-portrait 1
• Post production 1
The teaching is structured in seminars and constitutes the completion of the training acquired in the first year of the course. The program provides a constant verification of the student's technical and design growth and aims at creating a personal portfolio. Each seminar is held by a professional photographer and is divided into the following phases: analysis of the topic, the completion of the assigned theme, critical reading of the images with evaluation. With such structure, the second-year allows students to increase the sensitivity, analytical skills, and techniques needed to develop their style capable of capturing reality and conveying their meanings.
Program in synthesis :
• Technique 2
• Visual communication 2
• Post production 2
• Design 2
• Video acting
• Artistic Nude
• Fashion in the studio and outdoors
• Wedding photography
• Portrait 2
• Landscape 2
• Geographic and documentary reportage
• Food photography
• Sculpting photography
• Video with the SLR
• Photographic curatorship
• Photoediting and publishing scene
• Cataloging and archiving
• English for photographers
• Entering the professional world