Master course Raffles Milano
New stories, new visions
Ten amazing months. Ten top-level international photography experts in the lecture theatre, one every month. Ten unique chances for learning by doing, elbow-to-elbow with the best. The Raffles Milano Masters: someone has come up with them at last.
Photography means providing a useful and interesting model of the world, one that helps us love reality by talking about it. To be a photographer is no longer a craftsman trade. Digital technology forces him to shrug off the obsession with the technique in favor of a mindset increasingly related to the ability to see, to interpret and to narrate.
Born in Rome, journalist, Alessandra Mauro has a degree in Literature. After the University, with a scholarship for the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, she studied ancient maps, travel memorials and how geographical information changes from writing to graphic representation. Back to Italy she worked for years in the editorial staff of the Sfera magazine before start, in the early nineties, working for the Contrasto magazine and, in general, dealing with exhibitions and photographic projects. She is Art Director of the Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia in Milan since its creation (2005) and Lead Director of the Contrasto publishing house in Rome. As curator she has conceived and organized several retrospective photographic exhibitions, including: William Klein - Roma, Mario Giacomelli - La figura nera aspetta il bianco, Mimmo Jodice - Perdersi a guardare, Gordon Parks – Una storia americana, Gianni Berengo Gardin e Elliott Erwitt - Un’amicizia ai sali d’argento, Walter Bonatti – Fotografie dai grandi spazi, Gianni Berengo Gardin – vera fotografia and many others presented in different museums and institutions in Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden. As an Art Director of the Contrasto magazine, she has conceived and edited many important books, working closely with great authors such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, Teju Cole and many others. She teaches Photography at the DAMS of the University of Roma Tre, the LUISS of Rome and for Wikiradio di Radiotre has made dozens of episodes dedicated to great photographers. She collaborates with the Vatican Museums, Collection of Contemporary Art, for the creation of the photographic collection of the Museums. In this sense, one of the first and important parts of the commission-acquisition project was organized in the exhibition I Piena Luce. Nine photographers interpret the Vatican Museums, Milan, Palazzo Reale, May-June 2018. She is the author of the Photoshow volumes. Le principali mostre della storia della fotografia, 2014 (Italian edition: Contrasto; english edition: Thames&Hudson, chinese edition), Ombre di Guerra e Lo sguardo da sud (Napoli, L’Ancora, 1999).
Photographers have to be active, effective and conscious interpreters of the contemporary world. That is why the lectures are built around a lifelong education approach. Our lecturers are experienced, skilled and great at their work: this ensures that our students will receive high-profile training, culminating in the possibility of them finding professional placement in various areas of visual production, communication and image, both in Italy and internationally, from still & motion and storytelling to advertising and corporate fields.
Who should attend
Who should attend
This Masters is designed to suit the needs of everyone who wants to learn and develop the themes of contemporary photography, transforming a passion into a profession. In particular, it is designed for students aiming to (re)define and (re)position themselves professionally, to keep abreast of today’s developing contexts. Who are the photographers of the future (and of the present)? They are people with the skills, abilities and critical awareness it takes to tackle the enormous scene of contemporary production without any hang-ups and to launch an independent, continuing and successful business of their own.
Working side by side with the professionals who lead in today’s market, our students acquire a fully rounded appreciation of the new approaches to designing an identity, a reportage, advertising campaigns and corporate communications. This Masters focuses on tangible experience with real assignments proposed by firms and institutions. A vital part of the curriculum is devoted to how the market for collecting, publishing and fine art functions. It does this by putting together a personal portfolio, the first step towards establishing relations with international galleries and curators.
- Context of Italian and international photography
- Collecting and fine art.
- Creativity and design process in photography.
- Advertising and corporate communications.
- Beauty and portraiture.
- Landscape and architecture.
- Focus on storytelling.
- Organising and curating exhibitions and events.
- Compiling a portfolio.
- Digital technology for creativity.
For the quality and effectiveness of its didactic model, this Masters course has been endorsed by:
Learning directly from practitioners is the best way to pick up the most advanced visions and methods at source. Unlike conventional Masters, the Raffles Milano Masters bring hands-on knowledge direct into the lecture theatre, with ten market leader professionals occupying the lectern in the course of the ten months.
Each professional spends a month with the students. 8 four-week months and 2 three-week months.
Each week you will have a 6 hour day and an 8 hour day lesson with the experts.
At the end of the month, the student receives an evaluation on the developed project.
Some professionals can be replaced during the Master, with other top-level studios, maintaining the international Faculty’s standards.
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Lecturers in method
Lecturers in method
There are some kinds of practical and theoretical knowledge and abilities that cannot be learned overnight, but need tailored tutoring. You never know when you will need them, but one thing is certain: you will.
For this reason, the students have 200 hours of lessons with the Method Lecturers which are spread over the 10 months of the Master.
Some lecturers can be replaced during the Master, maintaining the international Faculty’s standards.
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In nearly thirty years of work, the Raffles Group has built up a substantial network of partners that participate in our three-year and Masters courses. These firms’ reputations and the quality of the relationships e have developed with them are a guarantee of a decidedly fertile meeting between education and business.
Adidas, Aigner, B&O - Bang & Olufsen, Boucheron, Brother, Bulgari, Burberry, C&A, Cartier, Chanel, Chloé, Design Business Chamber Singapore, Diesel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Elle, Fendi, Fujifilm, Furniture Design Award Singapore, Giorgio Armani, H&M, Heinz, Hermes, Hogan, HP Technology, HSBC – Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, IKEA, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kohler, Lear Corporation, Lego, Li & Fung, L'Oréal, Louis Vuitton, LVMH, Mahogany, Max Mara, MediaCorp, Metro, Michael Kors, Microsoft, Nippon Paint, Nokia, Orchard Road Business Association, Pepsi, Philips, Prada, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Redworks, Richemont, Richmond, Rolex, Saatchi & Saatchi, Saint Laurent Paris, Samsung, Shiseido, Siemens, Singapore Furniture Industries Council, Singapore Jewellers Association, Sony Pictures, Standard Chartered, Textile & Fashion Federation, Tiffany & Co., Valentino, Versace, Y&R, Yves Saint Laurent.
Every Monday evening at 6.00 p.m., Raffles Milano invites its students to meet one of the major personalities who walk the stage of design, style and design culture. Hearing the stories and ideas that influence the market and drive our mindset – straight from the horse’s mouth – is an amazing opportunity that adds substance to our academic programmes. Here is the agenda of meetings for the coming year.