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In addition to guiding students to a mastery of photographic technique, the Elisava Photography and Design Master’s Degree program focuses on students’ ability to articulate ideas through the production of photographic projects based on a rigorous and critical understanding of the photographic market context, photographic representation in particular and visual communication and culture in general.
One year; Fall Intake.
Complete online application
Portfolio (4 pages / 2MB size max; PDF)
Letter of motivation (1 page; PDF)
Curriculum Vitae (2 pages; PDF)
Official Bachelor’s Degree transcript
Passport scan (photo page; PDF)
EU privacy consent form
May 1, 2020
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits
Early Sept 2020 – Early August 2021
Academic: Completed Bachelor’s degree
*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements
Undergraduate GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit IELTS: 5+, or proof of attending school in English for 3+ years.
The current context of contemporary photography is marked by intense competition, constant and unpredictable development of both photographic technology and the use thereof, and the growing importance of photography in the society and culture of the 21st century, not only as a working tool, but as an effective means of communicating ideas and concepts.
These new digital technologies and applications have taken root very rapidly in the fields of photography and design, creating a wide range of possibilities for new photography applications. At the same time, these innovations require the upcoming photographer to acquire new multidisciplinary and specialized training. These circumstances result in a need to train innovative and creative professionals with high levels of independence, initiative, creativity and creative ability to communicate effectively, both visually and verbally, and a critical understanding of current practices and their unstable context.
This master’s degree relies on immediate practical application of what students learn to ensure their full assimilation in a continuous process of photographic projects. Critical analysis and reflection are also fostered via seminars, individual and group tutorials, workshops, debates, individual and group projects and reviews of all projects carried out. By the end of the MA you should be able to produce challenging cutting edge contemporary work that uses photography effectively, exploring beyond the medium specific boundaries in order to produce innovative solutions to new arenas and methods of display and delivery.
The degree adheres to the following objectives, focused on strengthening students’ individual abilities:
This program is aimed at graduates in Design, Fine Arts, specialties related to communication, culture and advertising; professionals with proven experience in the field of design and photography; holders of qualifications in other disciplines with an interest in the area of photography; active professionals and designers requiring specialization and professional training. Applicant’s portfolios should include 10-20 images that represent their area of interest.
Evidence will have to be provided of university qualifications (university graduate, architect, or engineer) or diploma (diploma holder, architectural technician, engineering technician, or university graduate).
Due After Acceptance
After acceptance, students must submit an Apostille-Certified Bachelor’s Degree of University Diploma. The Hague Apostille (Apostille Convention) is a method of validating a public document for use outside of its origin country. In the United States the Competent Authorities designated to issue Apostilles are the Secretaries of States. Students wishing to enroll in graduate level coursework at Elisava must receive an Apostille on their degree from the state of the degree’s issuance.
The program is structured in two academic parts: the first part responds to the student’s need to know, understand and apply different photographic techniques and theories. In the second part, the student has to propose research, develop and solve photographic projects of high professional standards in different contexts and real situations.
Module 1. Fundamentals of Photography
Module 2. Digital Photography
Module 3. Photography Equipment
Module 4. Photographic Context and Process
Module 5. Digital Design
Module 6. Uses of Photography
Module 7. Photography Project
|May 1 2020
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
|Within 1 week of acceptance
||SAI Deposit Due
$1,500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
|May 1 2020
||50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
|July 1 2020
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|Early Sept 2020
Final registration for courses takes place upon students’ arrival in Barcelona. Students should therefore arrive one to two weeks prior to Elisava Welcome Day.
|Mid Sept 2020
||Elisava Welcome Day
Students are introduced to their program, including classmates and professors, and get to know the school.
|Mid Sept 2020
|Late July 2021
|Early August 2021
Elisava’s graduation ceremony typically occurs two weeks after the end of classes.
|SAI Program Fees*||USD|
Includes tuition, Master’s degree and SAI Select Services (see What’s Included).
|Optional / Additional Fees:|
|International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
*prices are subject to change
|Budget||Low Est.||High Est.|
|Airfare to/from Barcelona
Cost depends on travel to Consulate.
|Books, Supplies & Course Fees||$300||$500|
Includes groceries and eating out.
|$400 / month||$800 / month|
SAI can provide recommendations.
|$1,000 / month||$1,300 / month|
|Personal Expenses||$350 / month||$450 / month|
|Transportation within Barcelona
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
|$100 / month||$150 / month|
Cost varies greatly by student.
|$300 / month||$1,000 / month|
This is an SAI Select Services Program; it includes the important on-site services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
Housing is not included in SAI Select Services Programs. However, your SAI Admissions Counselor will be happy to provide you with information and recommendations for housing agencies, dormitories, and rentals in Barcelona. Students who do not have prior housing arrangements should begin speaking with their Admissions Counselor as soon as possible. All students are required to submit to SAI information regarding their housing arrangements prior to program start.
Passports should be valid for 6 months after planned departure from Spain.
In accordance with Spanish law students studying in Spain for 6 months or more are required to obtain a long stay student visa. Those with Spanish/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.
SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.