The master includes five parallel thematic paths of study which are complementary: Visual Culture, History of Photography, Conception and Planning, Iconography, Methods and Media.

The first part of the year, from October to December, is dedicated to the foundation courses, lectures held by one or more teachers designed to allow students to consolidate their basic knowledge in order to better orient themselves in the sector of artistic imagery. The courses are to be held full time from Monday afternoon to Thursday and deal with a series of issues and themes which will be further examined in the second part of the year, from January to June, through block seminars and workshops organised in intensive periods at periodic intervals.

Block seminars, held by one or more teachers on specific themes to be examined, will privilege a dialogical approach based around comparison and discussion. During the workshops held by artists or professionals from the sector, the active and direct participation of students will be required. The workshops in fact include a programme of hands-on application of the key concepts, methods and input provided in the foundation courses and block seminars, thus giving rise to experimental sessions. At the end of each year, an exhibition will be organised in which the works will be displayed in the venue of the ex-Ospedale Sant’Agostino of Modena, alongside those of students from some of the greatest international schools in the field of video and photography.

Over the two years, students will have the chance to develop their research in the labs, as well as making use of a specialist library guided by highly skilled technical staff. Alongside the teaching activities, students will be expected to take part in conferences, artists’ talks and guided tours of events, while opportunities to meet with professionals from the arts system will also be organised. The work of the students will be supervised by experts through tutorials to be held at regular intervals. Furthermore, at the end of the course, students may be involved in some of the activities of the Fondazione Fotografia aimed at the support and valorisation of young artists, including exhibition events and a programme of artists’ residencies organised in collaboration with prestigious international institutions.



First part: history of photography from 1800 to the present day, with a particular reference to contemporary times. Second part: divided into key issues. Introduction to the history of video art.

1° year

Photography from the origins to modern times. 1800 - 1950

Emanuela Sesti

1° year

Contemporary photography. 1950 - 1990

Roberta Valtorta

1° year

History of video art

Julia Draganović
Claudia Löffelholz

2° year

Contemporary photography. From 1990 to nowadays

Sara Dolfi Agostini


Theories and methods of visual research: media studies, communication studies, sociology and visual anthropology.

1° year

Visual culture

Claudio Baraldi
Vittorio Iervese
Silvio Grasselli


The course is set up as a work in progress of all the artistic practices related to images language, in which students, step by step, will realize their own works.

The course will analyse, also, modern and contemporary artists who have influenced, with their works, the recent international trends.

1° and 2° year

Conception and planning

Filippo Maggia


History of Art; performing arts; architecture; cinema; multimedia.

2° year


Vittorio Iervese
Silvio Grasselli


History of methods and media; digital and analogue photography; fine art printing; editing; video.

1° year

The artist's role and responsibility. Reflections and actions

Adrian Paci

2° year


Mustafa Sabbagh

1° year

Site specific, beyond the looking permanence

Mario Cresci

1° year

Dark room and traditional fine art printing

Gianni Ferrero Merlino

2° year

Photography as constructed real

Fatma Bucak

2° year

The work as identity of the author

Andrea Botto

2° year

Understanding and realizing the from: materials, processes and experimentations

Pino Musi

2° year

Other spaces. Videomaking

Niklas Goldbach


1° year

Reading the images

Eleonora Quadri

1° year

The duotone eye: the analog photography

Tiziano Rossano Mainieri

1° year

Ancient printing techniques

1° year

Reading the light: in-studio photographic techniques

Luca Monaco

1° year

Post-production and printing

Angelo Iannone

1° year

Shooting and video-editing


1° year

The art of photographing ideas. Cross-disciplinary theoretical tutorial

Clara Madaro

2° year

Contemporary materials for photography

Workshops and Seminars

Seminario 1° e 2° anno

14 - 15 December 2016

Contemporary photography in Asia and Far East – with Michiko Kasahara


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