ONE YEAR COURSE IN GENERAL PHOTOGRAPHY 2017-18

Introduction
This course, which started in 2004, is designed for those who are starting from a basic level and want to improve their skills in photography in all its aspects, and thus obtain levels of knowledge of the world of image and sufficient capacity to decide its continuity in training in this medium, its complementation with other fields or its passage to the professional world.

It is a dynamic and very practical course divided into three blocks, which will place the student to work also on a regular basis outside the teaching hours. The course is structured in different subjects that are sometimes complementary and cover one, two or all three blocks.

The first block will deal with general aspects of photography, mainly on the technical level and accompanied by a practical side. In the second and third blocks, we will find three modules that will lead from the rest of the course: Documentary Photography, Conceptual Photography and Creation, and the Personal Project. Visions.

The second and third blocks incorporate masterclasses and new modules that will address different facets of the world of the image and whose final objective is to get the students to know the possibilities of photography as a visual language.

Structure
October-december

Photography technique Review. Valentín Luján
The digital lab 1. Ernesto Villalba
Introduction lighting techniques. Martin Okuemotto
Introduction to  the photo project. Alberto Rojas Maza
About a personal vision: Manolo Espaliú

January-March
The camera obscura. Ilan Wolff
Documentary photography 1. Juan Carlos Cazalla
Conceptual photography. Antonio Pérez
Lighting techniques in the studio and exterior. Martin Okuemotto
The digital lab  2. Ernesto Villalba
Photography and mobile devices. Pepe Ortega
In the photo studio. Juanjo Moreno
Masterclass of Photography and Psychology. Alfredo Oliva
Photography and literature. A practical approach.  Manuel Rodríguez

April-May
Documentary photography 2.  Juan Carlos Cazalla
Conceptual photography 2. Antonio Pérez
Lighting techniques 2. The language of the light. Martin Okuemotto
History of photography through the genres. Pedro Cantero
The digital lab  3. Ernesto Villalba.
Masterclass of photojournalism. Fito Carreto.
Training and professional opportunities. Orientations. Valentín Luján
Masterclass of Freelance/ Editorial Photography. Monica Gumm
Art and photography: Photography as an artistic territory, exhibition and market. Juan Carlos Sanchez-Lamadrid.
Editing of photographs. The photobooks and the photography books. Ignacio González

Personal Projects January-May
The photo project will be developed by each student throughout the last two blocks. The subject to be discussed, free, may be decided by the student himself or discussed with the teachers designated for that function. There will be a monthly follow-up of the projects, which will consist of viewing and criticising the projects. These follow-ups will be done in a personalized way so that students can be aware of their mistakes, both technical and language, that will improve their work.

Activities
A visit to the digital laboratory of Clorofila in Madrid coinciding with the Hybrid Art Fair. Also guided visits to interesting exhibitions that are being carried out in Seville during the period of the course will be proposed.

Suggestions for mini weekend workshops: In previous years they have taken place at the artists' residence La Fragua (Belalcazar, Cordoba), and at the Valparaiso Foundation (Mojácar, Almería).

Sponsors
Cobertura Photo is sponsored by different companies  related to photography. These sponsors allow students to work with the latest generation of lighting equipment: Profoto and access to the best digital printing and assembly processes: Chlorophyll Digital.

Both brands offer our students discounts on their lighting equipment, printing and photo montages.

Since 2017 we have Canon as a  partner of our school. The collaboration is carried out in different ways: Master classes, loans of material for students and Canon days among others.

Students enrolled in the general course interested in renewing or expanding their CANON equipment get special prices.

Through this collaboration, Cobertura chooses each year to receive a scholarship so that a student of the annual course that can attend the Festival Visa pour l'Image de Perpignan.

Collective Exhibition of Personal Projects
The works created from the personal projects will be shown in a collective exhibition that will take place after the end of the course, in the period from October 2018 to January 2019. Likewise, and once the exhibition is over, the works of a group of students will be selected to be exhibited in the Arquemi Gallery in Seville.

Scholarship for the Best Personal Project
The scholarship for the best project will consist of the assignment of cobertura photo space for an solo exhibition. The production costs of the work will be covered by Clorofila Digital, which sponsors the event. 

Participation in Art Fair
Cobertura photo assists annually to the Hybrid Art Fair,  celebrated in Madrid coinciding with ARCO. CP selects former former students to show their work at the Fair.

Participation in CP projects
CP selects students  to participate in each pedagogical project developed in collaboration with other centers and entities.

Practices
Students can choose to perform specific practices as photographers' assistants during the course:

Estudio Juanjo Moreno  
Couche Photo
Estudio Luis Castilla
Ferakari Studio

The CP space is mainly used as a classroom and gallery and photo studio.  Library and video libraby

The space has a specialized library, as well as a video library. Students of the general course, in addition to consulting and acquiring, can withdraw part of the funds on loan.

Open WIFI area