The Master of Arts Photography and Design at ELISAVA adheres to the view that visual practice is a potent research method that can, and should be employed in a critical engagement with itself and with the world at large. The course is based on a number of practical units which will be reinforced with a final project with the aim of contextualising the practical and theoretical aspects of photography in relation to fine arts, design, culture and the media, and exploring the social, cultural and critical aspects involved in the practice of photographic representation.

The course has two academic stages. In the first part, the course will take you through an initial stage designed to build your essential visual knowledge, to gain professional photography technical skills and to develop a critical thinking about photography. This stage culminates in the production of a redefined research proposal for your final project. In the second part you focus on the most important part of the MA, your final project, engaging in your research process through photographic practice, developing and carrying out your photography final project through a process of considering its dissemination in appropriate professional contexts.

The course seeks to promote common research standards and an understanding of intellectual integrity as the basis for study at Masters level or beyond. The course embraces the wide range of methods and processes, often adapted from other specialist disciplines that are typically employed within contemporary art and design. However, equally shared by all specialist disciplines in the course is an emphasis on research enquiry through visual practice at all stages of the process from initiation through development and enquiry to interpretation and dissemination.

One of the distinctive features of the Master of Arts Photography and Design at ELISAVA is its ambition to engage with real audiences, not merely producing work within a particular atmosphere of vocational, academic study. The final project enters upon completion a subsequent phase of publication and dissemination, such public materialisation and presentation of the project can be formally as varied as the expressions are within the creative industry. However, you will demonstrate a real understanding of the need and means of engaging with an audience in order to creatively employ modes of reception for the contents and formal elements of his final photography project. During the course, you will have the opportunity to engage with real audiences through different public exhibitions and presentations, which are a key part of the MA.

  • Principles of photography composition.
  • Image and visual perception.
  • Visual narrative.
  • Photographic sequence.
  • Narrative and text.
  • Photographic edition.
  • Digital equipment.
  • Colour management.
  • Digital zone photometry.
  • Building light with a flash.
  • Editing software
  • Photo-manipulation.
  • Advanced retouching.


  • Image processing by area.
  • Camera and lenses.
  • Extreme processing.
  • Printing.
  • Interior lighting.
  • Lighting and exteriors.
  • Lighting and the environment.
    a. Visual thought
  • Image and text.
  • Image and aesthetics.
  • Image and context.
  • Photography and culture.
  • Photography and identity.
  1. Uses of photography
  2. Edition
  • Non-conventional tools and contexts.
  • Multimedia environments.
  • Photographic technique as an aesthetic resource.
  • Advertising and communication.
  • Editing a story.
  • Digital editing, tools.
  • Representation of space
  • Multidisciplinary approach to photography.
  • Photography for design.
  • Design for photography.
  • Web portfolio.
  • On-page design
  • Printed photography.
  • Magazine design and editing.
  • Retouching and management
  • Image archiving.
  • Publishing world.
  • The professional photography market.
  • Photography in the art market
  • Uses and trends in contemporary photography.
  • Marketing for photographers
  • Statements for photographers.
  • Multimedia for photographers
  • Photographic interventions.
  • Photography exhibitions.


  • Project management and dynamics.
  • Project analysis and evaluation.
  • Tutorials and seminars.
  • Public presentation and exhibition of the final project.


ELISAVA Escuela Superior de Diseño e Ingeniería de Barcelona
La Rambla 30-32
08002 Barcelona
Phone. + 34 93 317 47 15

Course leader: Pedro Vicente,