Core Programs

The VII Academy offers a wide vari­ety of dynam­ic and inten­sive edu­ca­tion­al expe­ri­ences in dif­fer­ent regions with a diverse group of tutors. These are offered com­plete­ly free to select­ed appli­cants, all of whom come from the major­i­ty world and under­rep­re­sent­ed com­mu­ni­ties in G20 coun­tries.

As part of our core pro­gram­ming, we offer two lev­els of Seminars that are based on the same cur­ricu­lum, although taught by dif­fer­ent tutors. All stu­dents enter­ing the VII Academy must com­plete a Level 1 Seminar, which is region, lan­guage, and timezone-specific, in order to progress to Level 2.

Level 2 Seminars for Africa and Asia Pacific will launch in January 2021.

Due to COVID-19, the VII Academy is tak­ing all its cours­es online for the fore­see­able future. We will resume res­i­den­tial cours­es at our Sarajevo and Arles cam­pus­es and oth­er select loca­tions when WHO guide­lines indi­cate it is safe to do so, and those stu­dents who have passed our Level 1 and 2 Seminars will be the first to attend.

July 24, 2020

Photojournalism and Documentary Photography: A VII Academy 12-week Seminar with Ali Arkady for Native Arabic Speakers /
اكاديمية السابع ستُقدم دورة تدريبية مع المصور الصحفي علي اركادي لمدة ١٢ اسبوع للناطقين باللغة العربية في جميع انحاء العالم من يوم ٢٤ يوليو ٢٠٢٠ حتى ١٥ اكتوبر ٢٠٢٠

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Join Ali Arkady in this 12-week pro­gram that has been specif­i­cal­ly adapt­ed to work­ing in a COVID-19 envi­ron­ment. It will equip you with the nec­es­sary method­olog­i­cal and prac­ti­cal tools for the research and pro­duc­tion of pho­to essays suit­able for pub­li­ca­tion in an edi­to­r­i­al con­text. You’ll progress from the shoot­ing of sin­gle pic­tures to the con­struc­tion of short jour­nal­is­ti­cal­ly dri­ven pho­to essays, explor­ing the rel­e­vant tech­ni­cal, aes­thet­ic and jour­nal­is­tic aspects. The sem­i­nar will also address issues of ideas gen­er­a­tion, research, cap­tion writ­ing, and pic­ture edit­ing. You’ll be required to pro­duce an extend­ed, in depth body of pho­to­jour­nal­is­tic or doc­u­men­tary work that explores a sto­ry in detail.

July 23, 2020

Photojournalism and Documentary Photography: A VII Academy 12-week Seminar with Mary Gelman and Maciek Nabrdalik for Eastern Europe Participants

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Join Mary Gelman and Maciek Nabrdalik in this 12-week pro­gram that has been specif­i­cal­ly adapt­ed to work­ing in a COVID 19 envi­ron­ment. It aims to equip you with the nec­es­sary method­olog­i­cal and prac­ti­cal tools for the research and pro­duc­tion of pho­to essays suit­able for pub­li­ca­tion in an edi­to­r­i­al con­text. You will progress from the shoot­ing of sin­gle pic­tures to the con­struc­tion of short jour­nal­is­ti­cal­ly dri­ven pho­to essays, explor­ing the rel­e­vant tech­ni­cal, aes­thet­ic and jour­nal­is­tic aspects. The sem­i­nar will also address issues of ideas gen­er­a­tion, research, cap­tion writ­ing, and pic­ture edit­ing. You will be required to pro­duce an extend­ed, in depth body of pho­to­jour­nal­is­tic or doc­u­men­tary work that explores a sto­ry in detail.

July 3, 2020

Photojournalism and Documentary Photography: A VII Academy 12-week Seminar with Ben Bohane for Pacific Region Participants

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Ben Bohane will lead this 12-week pro­gram that has been specif­i­cal­ly adapt­ed to work­ing in a COVID-19 envi­ron­ment. It will equip stu­dents with the nec­es­sary method­olog­i­cal and prac­ti­cal tools for the research and pro­duc­tion of pho­to essays suit­able for pub­li­ca­tion in an edi­to­r­i­al con­text.

May 29, 2020

Photojournalisme et Photographie Documentaire: un sémi­naire pour les citoyens d’Afrique Francophone.

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Retrouvez Eric Bouvet dans ce pro­gramme de 12 semaines qui a été expressé­ment pen­sé pour vous per­me­t­tre de tra­vailler dans le con­texte du COVID19. Ce sémi­naire sur le pho­to­jour­nal­isme et la pho­togra­phie doc­u­men­taire vous apportera les out­ils méthodologiques et pra­tiques néces­saires pour réalis­er des reportages pho­tographiques visant à être pub­liés dans un con­texte édi­to­r­i­al.

May 29, 2020

Photojournalism and Documentary Photography: A 12-week Seminar with Christopher Morris for South and Southeast Asian Participants

Core Programs, Seminar | Online
Join Christopher Morris in this 12-week online pro­gram that has been specif­i­cal­ly adapt­ed to work­ing in a COVID-19 envi­ron­ment. It will equip you with the nec­es­sary method­olog­i­cal and prac­ti­cal tools for the research and pro­duc­tion of pho­to essays suit­able for pub­li­ca­tion in an edi­to­r­i­al con­text.

May 17, 2020

Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2019/2020, Session 3

Core Programs, Seminar | Sarajevo
The VII Academy is pleased to announce the first class of the Sarajevo sem­i­nar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2019 / 2020 ded­i­cat­ed to young pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers from the wider Balkan region. The third ses­sion will be held from the 17th to the 22nd May, 2020.

April 20, 2020

Amplifying Student Voices

Core Programs, Project, Workshop | Online
A free inter­ac­tive pho­tog­ra­phy plat­form offer­ing a live, hour-long week­ly dis­cus­sion and cura­tion of images and exchanges with for­mer VII Academy work­shop stu­dents from under-represented com­mu­ni­ties who are cov­er­ing the COVID 19 pan­dem­ic from their homes and com­mu­ni­ties.

February 24, 2020

Photographier Votre Monde : Workshop en RDC

Core Programs, Workshop | Kinshasa
A Kinshasa, la VII Académie vous pro­pose de mieux com­pren­dre et d’é­tudi­er la ques­tion du réc­it en pho­togra­phie. Photographie d’auteur ? Documentaire ? Photojournalisme ? Pour que cha­cun s’affirme ou se trou­ve, nous vous pro­posons de réalis­er dans le cadre de ce work­shop une série pho­tographique dans l’exercice du réc­it en pho­togra­phie.

February 17, 2020

BOLD Civic Engagement Workshop

Core Programs, Workshop | Sarajevo
The VII Academy with the sup­port of the US Embassy is run­ning a year long pro­gram in fact-based writ­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, and mul­ti­me­dia sto­ry­telling, draw­ing par­tic­i­pants from men and women from all com­mu­ni­ties in Bosnia and Herzegovina to encour­age and improve civic dis­course. Some of the world’s lead­ing jour­nal­ists, aca­d­e­mics and pub­lic intel­lec­tu­als from Harvard University, Northeastern University and the VII Photo Agency will pro­vide insight, men­tor­ing and train­ing to tack­le the fraught and com­plex issues impor­tant to the diverse com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing in the Bosnia. The pro­gram empha­sizes an eth­i­cal, col­lab­o­ra­tive and par­tic­i­pa­to­ry approach to jour­nal­is­tic prac­tice and dia­logue. VII Academy Sarajevo in part­ner­ship with the US Embassy in Sarajevo will award a num­ber of grants in the amount of $30,000 to the best BOLD project pro­pos­als in 2020. To be eli­gi­ble to apply for these grants, please reg­is­ter to attend the VII Academy BOLD Civic Engagement Workshop.

January 13, 2020

Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2019/2020, Session 2

Core Programs, Seminar | Sarajevo
The VII Academy is pleased to announce the first class of the Sarajevo sem­i­nar for Narrative and Documentary Practice 2019 / 2020 ded­i­cat­ed to young pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers from the wider Balkan region. The sec­ond ses­sion will run from January 13th to January 17th.

November 26, 2019

Understanding Your Vision: A Workshop with Christopher Morris

Core Programs, Workshop | Sarajevo
Join Christopher Morris as he takes you on a jour­ney through the his­toric ori­gins of jour­nal­is­tic and doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy, from the begin­nings of pho­tog­ra­phy to the present.

November 19, 2019

The Breakup: Photographs from 1991-2000 by Ron Haviv and Christopher Morris

Core Programs, Lecture | Zagreb
For the first time ever, pho­tog­ra­phers Christopher Morris and Ron Haviv will speak togeth­er about their images from the dis­so­lu­tion of the Former Yugoslavia. Moderated in con­ver­sa­tion by War Photo Limited direc­tor Wade Goddard, the dis­cus­sion will touch on some of the most famous images of the var­i­ous wars and the sto­ries behind them.

October 18, 2019

Nature: Through Her Eyes Festival

Core Programs, Festival | Perpignan
The VII Academy is host­ing a spe­cial event cel­e­brat­ing and high­light­ing women’s roles in sto­ry­telling about nature and the envi­ron­ment, includ­ing writ­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, film­mak­ers, as well as cam­era and sound oper­a­tors. We will be explor­ing what a fem­i­nine per­spec­tive means to women, what they bring in their art and why it is impor­tant for soci­ety as a whole. We will be giv­ing space for women’s ideas and work that are inno­v­a­tive and impor­tant for all audi­ences to see.