Spéos is an international photography school founded in 1985. Its programmes cover a range of photography careers including photojournalism and studio photography. Teaching is available in both French and English.

Spéos has an excellent reputation in the photography sector. It offers high quality programmes on its two campuses located in London and Paris.

Thanks to its international vision, Spéos has developed close ties with a number of prestigious foreign institutions including Chicago Art Institute, Rhode Island School of Design and Hamilton College.

The institution’s international presence attracts overseas students from around the world as well as well-known photography professionals, who share their experience and technical advice during special lectures and seminars.

Spéos is also responsible for the conservation of the Maison de Nicéphore Niépce, where the inventor of photography Nicéphore Niépce took the first ever photograph. In 2013 the French Minister of Culture, sponsored by the French Academy of Sciences and Academy of Fine Arts, granted the museum the prestigious title of ‘Maison des Illustres’.

The FEDE is an INGO International Non-Governmental Organisation and a supranational institution that was created in 1963, which is endowed with participatory status with the Council of Europe. It federates an international network comprised of over 500 higher and professional education institutions in 35 countries across 4 continents, which share a common project that is hinged on academic excellence, pedagogical innovation, scientific research and openness to the world. The FEDE delivers 90 European degrees that are available in English and in the national language, from the Foundation Degree, the European Bachelor’s Degree, the European Master’s Degree to the DBA Doctorate of Business Administration. The FEDE counts an international network of over 180,000 alumni.


Courses and certificates
  • Professional photography preparation course (six months)
  • Professional Photography (one-or two-year course)
  • Title of Photographer RNCP level 1 (one- or two-year course)
  • European Master’s in Professional Photography (one- or two-year course)
  • Creative Documentary and Photojournalism with Magnum Photos
  • Fashion Photography with Dominique Issermann and Paolo Roversi
  • Photojournalism and Magazines with Paris Match
  • Summer school in Paris and London


International exchange programmes
  • All of the institution’s programmes are international as they can be taken in Paris or London. Each year Spéos hosts the winter session of the American institution RISD.
Courses taught in English
  • All the institution’s programmes are available in English with the exception of Photojournalism and Magazines with Paris Match, which is only available in French.



  • Spéos is the only private photography school accredited to award the French Title of Photographer RNCP level 1 – the highest level available for French state-certified qualifications. The qualification is recognised across Europe.
  • The institution has created its own method for teaching photography – the Stop System. The same method is used in several American universities including Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
  • The institution provides programmes of varying durations (six months, one year and two years) to meet a variety of needs; courses are taught on the London and Paris campuses.
  • Spéos offers programmes taught in partnership with major actors in the world of photography: Magnum Photos, Paris Match, Dominiqe Issermann and Paolo Roversi.
  • Teaching is available in French and English, attracting students from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • The institution has an excellent student-equipment ratio; a large number of extremely well-equipped photo studios are available to our students outside of lessons and until 10 p.m. during the week, allowing them to work independently.
  • The institution can lend its students photography equipment (flash kits, telephotolenses, batteries, video kits etc.) to use in the evenings or on weekends.
  • In order to keep up with the needs of clients and the market, Spéos teachers are all high-level, active professional photographers who are up to date with the latest developments in the sector.
  • The institution takes part in numerous events, including the Festival Voies Off in Arles and Fotofest Paris.
  • At the end of each year the institution organises a large-scale exhibition showcasing the work of its students.
  • The institution actively supports its graduates, offering a dedicated range of services including free rental of the Spéos photo gallery in the centre of Paris to organise their



  • Number of students: 150
  • Percentage/number of foreign students: 80%
  • Number of teaching staff: 30
  • Percentage of foreign teachers: 50%
  • Number of alumni: 4000 professional photographers present in over 50 countries and representing over 35 nationalities
  • Partnerships: RIT, RISD, Leica, Prophot, Magnum Photos, Paris Match, Paolo Roversi, Dominique Issermann. The institution is therefore deeply and uniquely involved in the photography market and has close ties with its principal actors; these connections are used to the advantage of its students and graduates.
  • Accreditations : Title of Photographer RNCP level 1 (highest RNCP title), Campus France, EuroPass, FEDE et EABHES. Spéos is registered with the Rectorat de l’Académie de Paris.
  • Ranking: Spéos has been ranked by numerous independent websites amongst the top five best world photography schools for several years now.