Master in Photography and Design

The Master in Photography and Design will allow you to become a successful professional and develop the necessary theoretical and practical skills to be an innovative and creative image creator. Learn to visually communicate ideas and projects from an effectively multidisciplinary approach.

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The Master in Photography and Design will allow you to become a successful professional and develop the necessary theoretical and practical skills to be an innovative and creative image creator. Learn to visually communicate ideas and projects from an effectively multidisciplinary approach.


Master's Degree in Photography and Design. Awarded by UVic-UCC.


Pedro Vicente

Course length

September to July



ECTS credits



(+€500 registration fee)
Financing and grants

Access and admission requirements

Official university degree or equivalent.
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The Master in Photography and Design is a postgraduate programme based on the photographic practice that treats photography as an open discipline through which the student is encouraged to create extensive photographic projects of high complexity, and to explore the more contemporary approaches to photography.

The Master attracts students from around the world and places an emphasis on innovation, experimentation, and theoretical and practical practice in where students are encouraged to actively engage with contemporary photographic art practice through publications, exhibitions and participation in real photographic projects.

The Master in Photography and Design offers a dynamic and exciting environment for studying the practice of photography enabling students to acquire advanced photographic skills, both theoretical and practical, and apply them to self-generated projects. This is one of the characteristics of our Master in Photography and Design, which, brings photographic education up to date with contemporary photographic practice. It also pays attention to the dissemination of photographic work, exhibition and publication and focuses on the reasons by which the meaning of an image is shaped by its use and contextualization.

Drawing on the expertise of a diverse range of professional photographers, guest lecturers and technical advisers, you will enhance your knowledge and skills through a series of photographic projects based on practice-led research. By the end of the Master you should be able to produce contemporary photographic work that uses photography effectively to express and communicate complex ideas, by exploring beyond the specific boundaries of photography in order to produce innovative solutions to new areas and methods of display and contextualization of pictures.


Studying photography in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city with very particular characteristics that make it stand out as an important metropolis and an international benchmark. It stands out for its great architectural, cultural, gastronomic value and for being the cradle of design. In addition, geographically it is also located in a unique environment and its climate is pleasant. For all this, if you are thinking about studying a master's degree in photography and where to study photography in Europe, there is no doubt that Barcelona can be the ideal setting in which to specialize in the practice of this art. 

Our school is located in the heart of Barcelona, Spain, in one of the most emblematic areas of the city and within a few metres of the harbour. And idyllic environment that favours creativity, design and creation which make Spain the best country to study photography. Elisava represents the best place to study photography for a lot of reasons. Next, you will find out some of them.

Grants to study photography in Barcelona

To know the different financing systems and grants that you can apply to study a master in photography in Barcelona, we recommend you to have a look at Financing and grants for masters

Find your Master’s Degree in Photography

When assessing where to study a master in photography and which school to choose, you must keep in mind that there are currently many possibilities, given the growing demand for professionals specializing in this field. However, not all schools, universities and training centers can offer you the same photography courses.

At Elisava we have extensive teaching experience and an advanced training system. We are backed by the good results, the satisfaction of our students and the recognition of our centre as one of the most internationally recognized university design schools. Our regulated studies in Photography will allow you to achieve success and excellence in all your future projects.

Why study photography?

Studying our master in photography in Barcelona will provide you with necessary tools to become a professional that adapts to the real needs, both present and future, that emerge from the sector. Below, we set out the fundamental objectives of the Master in Photography and Design and tell you what are the main skills you will acquire in the course of this new stage of learning. 

  • Provide a flexible but structured interdisciplinary context in which students can rigorously pursue a self-directed research project whose outcomes are embodied within the systematic production of a specific and original body of work within the field of photography.
  • To provide students with the necessary visual tools to be able to build a photographic project from beginning to end. 
  • To give students the necessary knowledge to be able to express ideas with a photographic project in an effective way.
  • To encourage the development of each student’s own critical reflection as the basis for developing as independent learners capable of advancing their own skills, knowledge and professional and research practice.
  • Provide students with the means for establishing and understanding the place of their own work within the context of relevant and contemporary academic and professional situations and debates.
  • Provide students with professional photography technical skills and be able to be successful in any professional circumstance.
  • To encourage the development of research strategies that reflect the contemporary context in theoretical discourse and creative practice and form the basis for informed speculation about future directions.
  • To engage with real audiences, generating new challenging narratives about the nature of the work itself and its relation with changed modes of production, dissemination and consumption.
  • To provide professionals specialising in the area of photography with multidisciplinary training so that they can use photography as a tool for conveying concepts and ideas.

On successful completion of the Master in Photography and Design students will have:

  • Initiated and implemented an individual self-directed research project using research methods, materials, techniques and processes appropriate to design practice.
  • Demonstrated a thorough understanding of, and critical engagement with, the relevant  practical, theoretical and professional contexts of their project and be able to situate and interpret their own work within this context.
  • Demonstrated an ability to employ analysis, synthesis and evaluation to a range of external sources and to their own practice to inspire and inform the generation, development and application of original ideas.
  • Demonstrated a reflective and evaluative approach to their own work which allows them to act independently in identifying, implementing and sustaining individual research and practice at a professional level.
  • Demonstrated an ability to communicate complex and speculative concepts, methods and proposals effectively in spoken, written and visual forms.
  • Identified the potential for their work within specific professional contexts and developed appropriate communication skills for engagement with this audience.
  • Demonstrated an ability to use photography as a tool for communicating effectively concepts and ideas.
Dr. Pedro Vicente
pedro vicente

Dr. Pedro Vicente

Director of the Master's Degree in Photography and Design