The long term program is a full time 2 year documentary and photojournalism program and constitutes IRDI’s chore activity. The short term program is part time and allows students to participate in particular modules given by “Documentary & Reportage photography practice” teachers. The students can choose a teacher they want to study with for a set given time. It is an à la carte program which IRDI can tailor to the student’s need and schedule. see “Documentary & Reportage photography practice” course.
The workshops last from 3 to 4 intense working days. The invited tutoring photographer presents his work and looks at the work of each participant. Small didactical projects are given with specific counselling regarding each person’s long term work.
Because everyone’s time is precious, we decided not to extend the program beyond two years. We calculated that if we worked intensely and in full immersion with the students, we could eliminate a third year which in many other photography school becomes repetitive. This choice allows us to save our students’ money and to be fully dedicated to them.
We wanted to give students a variety of point of views from working professional photographers. Teachers in other photography schools are often working full time which strongly impairs their field activity. This stops them from sharing their working experience with their students. In addition, the variety of teachers in our “Documentary & Reportage photography practice” course continuously enriches students with different approaches. This approach is not confusing thanks to our inside infrastructure which allows the different teachers to pass on information regarding the students’ evolutions.
Documentary photographers and photojournalists are primarily story tellers and in this regard we thought our students needed all the practical tools in order to promote their work efficiently. Making movies is sometimes a more efficient form which news outlets demand in order to replace or complete a photography project. IRDI gives the practical and theoretical proficiency for photographers to be able to answer to those new demands.
There is no need for prior experience to study at IRDI. A high school diploma is recommended but not mandatory. A deep interest for the subject, a strong dedication, curiosity and work ethic can allow each applicant to succeed at IRDI.
At IRDI, we train you to be on par with the requirements of the industry. That means that you will be literate in all technical and practical aspects of documentary photography and photojournalism. You will also know what to do to diffuse and market your work and avoid professional and time wasting traps.
IRDI’s main language is French but all our teachers are fluent in English. A B1 level in French is more than sufficient to follow our programs. IRDI’s second language is English which can be used for practical reasons when french will not be the most spoken language.
Our teachers are on case to case able to communicate in other languages such as Italian, German or Dutch.
We are a pool of working photographers involved in the industry with various and widespread contacts. Our students will have a prioritised access to these networks to get opportunities and get access to constructive feedback.