Photography

Undergraduate Courses - Milan

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The Photography course programme fosters new media integration, cross-disciplinary activities and liberal arts, providing students with the necessary tools and skills to translate abstract concepts and photographic ideas into observable representations.
Today’s students are challenged not just technically but – and above all – in the interpretation and rethinking of their own assumptions to expand their knowledge and ideas and become notable contributors to visual arts culture.

Title –This BA is recognized by Italian Ministry of Education Research (MIUR) as an Academic Diploma Level I and awards 180 credits.

  • Credits
    180
  • Start date
    October 2019
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Attendance
    full-time
  • Language
    English

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Get an insight into the creative professions: Photographer

Context – While other expressive methods and forms of communication make necessary for those who receive the message to subject to it voluntarily, photography has an overwhelming potential because it conveys its message in the very moment in which it is seen, regardless of the viewer’s decision to do so. 

Methodology and structure – Bachelor Degree in Photography is an intensive undergraduate program addressed to both technical and creative aspects of current digital and analog image practices.

Students learn to produce their ideas as they assimilate the necessary cultural and technical notions to become images inventors and visual storytellers.
The course begins with a strong focus on liberal arts to help students to enrich their expressive abilities and knowledge of the environment. 
They gradually learn to use professional equipment, to set up lighting and shoot pictures both outdoors and in highly specialized environments - such as the photographic studio – and to develop and print black and white films in the darkroom. 
Within each semester students produce technically outstanding and always more conceptually compelling images, learning how to organize their activities, to deal with clients and design individual marketing strategies.

Liberal Arts lectures and project courses challenge students to understand cultural and social contexts, to read potential shifts in the interpretation of images through historical and contemporary perspectives thus improving their awareness of a wide range of issues.
Students are also invited to enter cross-disciplinary approaches, working collaboratively and respond to external events and activities. Each student, by attending courses concerning the different photographic genres such as commercial, editorial and artistic, have the possibility to directly experience the different specializations and make a conscious and informed decision upon completing his/her training. 

Careers - Photographer, Photographic Publishing Specialist, Manager of Photographic Archives, Art Buyer, Studio Manager.

Remarkable is that teacher who accomplishes himself what he teaches to others.
(Italian proverb)

IED faculty are professionals that daily face the market. Here you can read their bios.

Carlotta Cattaneo Carter - Course Coordinator

Carlotta Cattaneo Carter - Course Coordinator
Art Director with a cross-disciplinary experience, her work is developed through collaborative practices, spanning from photography, graphic design, and visual research. She's had her projects featured on Dangerbird L.A., Spheres, Objectify New York, Annus Mirabilis, Colors Notebook, Show me Pictures, RCS, LaRepubblica, Celeste Prize, Florence Biennale of Contemporary Arts. She's Photography department coordinator at IED Milano.

Giuseppe Andretta

Giuseppe Andretta
Colour Manager. His career began in the 80’s as a film developer and darkroom printer. Consultant specialized in digital photography and digital color management. Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop CS5 and testimonial for X-Rite Pantone and Wacom. Co-founder of a digital printing service specialized in digital photography and digital color management.

Matteo Bricchi

Matteo Bricchi
Photographer and Photoshop expert. Graduated at Accademia dello Spettacolo in Milan, he is Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop. He has always been fascinated and passionated about digital image workflow and worked as a Photo Retoucher and a consultant in Turin and Milan. His career is equally divided in being a Food and Still Life Photographer, a Photo Retoucher and a Teacher, both for beginners courses and professional workshops.

Paula Andrea Callejas

Paula Andrea Callejas
Industrial Designer. Master in Design from Domus Academy. She has worked within the Domus Academy Research Center and collaborated with other studios in Milan such as Italform, Francesca Valan, Future Concept Lab, participating in different research projects and approaching different design fields: C.M.F. and trends, environmental design, playing concepts and toys. Since 2002, she has been heading the project 100%natural - monitor, dedicated to design, materials, jewelry, trends and crafts.

Francesco Casolo

Francesco Casolo
He has been writing for cinema for many years, among his most successful works and collaborations: I resilienti, documentary film awarded at Lampedusa film festival and selected at the Beirut International Film Festival and Cutting the grey parts, Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival. He works as Editor and Ghost Writer for RCS-Rizzoli Media Group and magazines.

Marco Nero

Marco Nero
Graduated in Arts and Photography, he has worked with photographers such as Mario Sorrenti, Tiziano Magni and Lothar Schmid. Among his clients: Arena, Piaggio, Pirelli, Ferrero, Mc Donald’s, Swatch, Sony, etc. His works are mainly digital shootings and postproduction. 

Andrea Gelpi

Andrea Gelpi
He got a Ph.D. in Sociology of Communication from Catholic University Milan. Worked as Teaching Assistant in the subject of intercultural communication and history of the radio and television. Worked as a free-lance Qualitative Researcher for several university research institutes on the subject of media, technology and communication. Currently working as a Director of qualitative research in market research.   

Sergio Lovati

Sergio Lovati
Lab Assistant and Teacher at IED. Former Photo Editor of Pizza Magazine. Among his recent solo shows: 2011 GRAvitational VAcuum STAR, Milano; 2005 Ogni volta mi sfugge e mi porta lontano, Milano; 2004 Floating, Milano. Among his collaborations: 2012 Con gli occhi alle stelle, Bologna; 2011 Disappearance, Verona; 2010 Life, Milano. In 2005 he won the Premio Arti Visive San Fedele in Milan. 

Giorgio Majno

Giorgio Majno
After obtaining a Fulbright Grant in 1980, he received his Master of Fine Arts at SIU Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, USA. He displayed his works in many solo shows, both in Italy and abroad. His eye is carefully attuned to beauty, history and composition. In his personal exploration he tries to capture the relationship between man and nature. Currently teaches “History and Techniques of Photography” at the Faculty of Design and Arts of Venice University (IUAV), situated in San Marino, Italy.

Sonia Marin

Sonia Marin
Photographer and Artist. She’s a still life and fashion photographer represented by MULTI, and an author. In 2014 she worked on a Photographic Project for Unicredit using 120 film format: her personal view became a book called Sketches of Milan, an Artist’s View of the Unicredit Tower published by Skira. Along with Magali Avezou she curated the Common Narrative workshop during SiFEST 2018.

Romano Gianni

Romano Gianni
Art Critic and Art Teacher since the late Eighties. He curated art exhibitions and teaching seminars in Europe. His most popular book is Contemporanee, Costa&Nolan 1999, an important survey on the work of women artists since the Seventies. In 1955, he founded one of the first art websites, postmedia.net, which later turned into a publishing company with the name of postmedia books.

Raffaele Solaini

Raffaele Solaini
He received the Ph.D. in Semiotics from the University of Bologna, under the guide of Umberto Eco. He started teaching at the University of Pavia and since 2006 he teaches Semiotics, Rhetoric and Branding at the European Institute of Design. Former columnist for the online paper Affaritaliani.it, he commented on communication phenomena and social trends. He worked with the most important market research agencies. Among his major clients, Ace, Scavolini, Mercedes, Telecom Italia, Enel, Italian Premiership.

Silvio Wolf

Silvio Wolf
He studied Philosophy and Psychology in Italy and Photography and Visual Arts in London, where he received the Higher Diploma in Advanced Photography at the London College of Printing. He created large-format works which have been shown in Italy and abroad, including Aktuell '83 in Munich and Documenta VIII, in Kassel. He has been gradually introducing new languages in his work, creating multimedia projects and sound installations. He has created temporary and permanent installations in galleries, museums and public spaces worldwide.

Claudia Buzzetti

Claudia Buzzetti
Independent Photo-editor and Curator living between Milano and Rio de Janeiro, specialized in latin-american photography. She has curated several shows in many important venues in Rio de Janeiro, has worked as Assistant Photoeditor for Specchio+ de La Stampa and has been a Contributor to Italian Vogue since 2007. In 2011 her project on Southamerican landscape photography was a finalist in the Transatlantica Photo España Prize. She runs Caju Photoagency and she’s Project Manager at Vogue Italia & Glamour.

Tiziana Gemin

Tiziana Gemin
New media Art Critic and Curator. Graduated in Digital Design at IED Milano. Her final thesis was realised in collaboration with the interaction design studio Limiteazero, with which she had been collaborating for several years. She writes articles concerning new technologies and digital culture in general. Moreover, she curates and organizes exhibitions and events related to new media art and interaction design.

Federico Lanzani

Federico Lanzani
He is specialized in interiors and still life photography, working with clients such as IED, Fiorucci, Kerastase, L'Oreal, Shu Uemura, Interior, Cosmopolitan, Assolombarda. Since 2006, thanks to his experience in the use of photographic equipment from analog studio and developing and printing processes, he is in charge of IED Milano darkroom lab.

Stefano Pirovano

Stefano Pirovano
Critic currently directing Conceptual Fine Arts, an on-line art magazine he founded in 2013 with fine art Dealer Fabrizio Moretti. He is the Author of Forma e Informazione (Johan&Levi, 2010), and Co-author of Scene da un patrimonio (Galaad, 2013). Since 2007 he has written more than 300 articles about art, and has been published in newspapers and magazines such as ilSole24Ore, D La Repubblica, Panorama, Apollo Magazine, Arte, Antiquariato, Velvet, CasAmica, DOVE.

Luca Rotondo

Luca Rotondo
In 2013 he graduated with honors at IED with a thesis followed by curator Angela Madesani that ended with the book Landscape’s hypothesis, a research on landscape and its hypothetical meanings. While completing his studies he started a collaboration with Domus magazine. Currently he is pursuing several projects related to exploring the interaction dynamics between man and nature. With an eye to the signs that occur in the landscape he tries to sort out the possible meanings that are put on stage in a photographic composition.

Alba Solaro

Alba Solaro
She started her career as Journalist in 1981, writing for L'Unità and indipendent publications. In 2000, she became Senior Editor of the website KwMusica, as part of Kataweb portal. She took actively part in the process of rethinking and redesigning the new Marie Claire. Other journalistic collaborations include among others Il Mattino di Napoli and Io Donna. She has also worked for television and radio as Editor and Author.

Stefano Vigni

Stefano Vigni
Photographer with strong graphic design attitudes, video and art direction experiences. He deals with long term projects of documentary photography and reportage. He is working on a trilogy of photographic books about Italy. Author of a photobook about the Palio of Siena called Magic Campo. His work has been showcased on La Repubblica, Le Figaro, Foto8, FotoIT, Witness Journal among others. He has exhibited in festival and events like Salone del Mobile, Castelnuovo Fotografia, The Open Monumenten Dag of Amsterdam. Founder of Seipersei® Books.

Magali Avezou

Magali Avezou
Curator. She graduated in Photography from Central Saint Martins and London College of Communication. Visiting lecturer at Southampton University (UK), Escola Massana (Spain) and IED Milano as well as a contributor for Yet Magazine and Photomonitor. She also collaborates with Sproxton Award, Vienna Photobook Festival, Camberwell Book Art MA. In August 2016, she was invited as curator in residence by Das Weisse Haus in Vienna (Austria).

Giulia Astesani

Giulia Astesani
Artist and Photographer. Co-founder of Beyond Beyond, a cross-disciplinary creative studio whose work spans from contemporary art, commissioned photography and lecturing. Clients include: The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph, British Journal of Photography, University of the Arts London, Self Publish Be Happy, Photography Research Archive Centre (UAL).

Roshana Rubin-Mayhew

Roshana Rubin-Mayhew
Interdisciplinary artist working mainly with photography and sculpture, and drawing reference from and connection between theories from science, psychology and eastern philosophy that explore ideas of universal interconnection. Creating a constellation of things, that attempt to talk of the infinite and intangible in physical form. One half of Beyond Beyond, a cross-disciplinary creative duo.

Carlo Furgeri Gilbert

Carlo Furgeri Gilbert
After graduating in architecture, he became a photographer and a videomaker. As a Portrait Photographer he is a regular contributor to important magazines such as RollingStone, WallStreetJournal, GQ, Vanity Fair, IoDonna, Amica, Icon. Always trying to find new ways of expression, his personal projects lead him today to experience contemporary photography throughout antique techniques.

Ivo Sekulovski

Ivo Sekulovski
Photographer and Artist. After assisting some photographers during his studies in Photography at IED Milano, now he works as freelance shooting editorials, personal and commercial works. He collaborated with clients and magazines such as JW Anderson, Stella McCartney, ELEVENPARIS, Elle UK, Vogue Italia, Flair Italia and others.

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