Viaggio in Italia is divided in four main sections: Didactic activity, Residencies, Internship and Thesis.
During the first educational phase, professionals working in the editorial, curatorial and academic sectors will guide the students through the theory, focusing on techniques, narrations, languages and methodologies. The students will challenge themselves with the most important elements of the grammar of photographic language, such as the correct use of cameras and different technical devices, analogue and digital photography, postproduction and image editing.
Dealing with photography today means knowing how to manage all the phases of its development, from the initial idea to the production of publications and photographic books, in collaboration with curators, publishers, graphic designers, retouchers, photolithographers and typographers. The graphic design and editorial lessons are aimed at encouraging the autonomy of the students who, at the end of the programme, will be able to use multiple languages and techniques of production and presentation – from the exhibition to the photographic book – indispensable for today’s professional practice.
The second phase unfolds through a series of residencies across the Italian territory, aimed at developing different approaches to photographic language through collaborative research shared between students and teachers. The key concepts necessary for the elaboration of the individual and thesis projects are defined through an analysis of the works produced, examining the conception, realization, and completion of the various projects from technical, theoretical, and practical points of view.
The residences differ from year to year as they are born from the co-operation between the scientific committee of the Master, the guest teachers and the host partners of the program. Students will thus be faced with very different workflows and project briefs, in order to be able to know not a single school of photography but a multiplicity of possible positions within the photographic world.
The residences have an average duration of two weeks. They take place one after the other without intervals, with the exception of a week break in the middle of the program. Accommodation during the residencies is arranged by the Master. Accommodation included in the Master’s fee is marked with * in the tables below.
The program may be subject to changes.
During the third phase of the master, participants will undertake internship periods at institutions, professional studios, museums, photographic archives and within other independent realities in Italy and abroad. This training offers the students the chance to directly deal with different contexts of production and diffusion of the photographic medium, and to work within a network of international professionals, photography studios, curators and editors operating in the field of contemporary photography. See all the internships activated so far.
The IUAV University provides the possibility to carry out an internship abroad thanks to the Erasmus+ Traineeship program, benefiting from a scholarship; several internships have been made possible thanks to this resource.
In the final phase of the Master, participants will complete an individual project: it can start from the research paths developed during the residences or from a new personal concept. Periodic review meetings with tutors and teachers responsible for the progress of the project are scheduled in the months preceding the discussion. The final work, conceived for publication, will be presented during an end-of-course graduation discussion and exhibition. To have a look to the students’ projects of the previous editions go to projects.
A detailed calendar will be sent to selected participants in January 2024. More info will be shared through fall 2023 on our Instagram page.