By Gladys Mae
Gladys is the Associate Director of Admissions & Student Services with over 10 years of experience at the International Career Institute.
Photography, like any other art form, is a creative outlet that many people enjoy. Conventionally, you would need to go to an institution of some form to be able to study photography. However, with the changes in online learning, studying photography online is now a very possible avenue to getting qualified to be a photographer.
Studying photography is one way to progress your career in the field, however some people merely study photography as an exciting hobby. If you generally like taking photos in your spare time, then studying photography can be an interesting avenue for you to develop your hobby. Photography has also been shown to increase happiness levels.
Studying photography doesn’t mean you can only be a photographer upon completion of your studies. Studying photography can also lead to careers in graphic design, magazine feature editing, television camera operations, or even press photography. If you’re considering studying photography, you may be trying to decide if studying online is the best option. There are many pros and cons to studying a photography course online as opposed to a conventional training method, so it’s important to weigh up your options and decide what is best for you.
A lot of people love to study to obtain more knowledge or to further their career, but one of the reasons many people give up on pursuing study is time constraints. With busy family and work life, it’s hard to imagine finding the time to squeeze in studies. This is where online study can be quite helpful. When you have time restrictions, going to a conventional place to study and attend classes and lectures can seem impossible. When you study online, you aren’t constrained to certain times and days. You are able to study at times that suit you, which can be very convenient for many people.
Depending on what kind of qualification you’re working towards, you may find there are varying costs in courses. A short course may be relatively cheap, whereas a diploma or degree could cost a fair bit more. However, when you study online, there are some added benefits to costs that you may forget about. Because you don’t need to travel anywhere in particular, you may find that you save a lot of money on travel. As well as this, if you had to move to a new town, this will not affect your ability to continue the course.
When studying with a standard educational facility, there is a chance you will need to obtain and/or buy textbooks and other learning materials. These can easily take up a lot of space, be heavy to carry around and can cost quite a bit of money. If you study online, a lot of learning facilities will provide the work materials online too. This means, you just need to download the materials you need, such as study guides and sometimes even parts of a text book. This can save a lot of money and will mean you just download the resources you need, when you need them.
Some may say that learning online means you are rather isolated from assistance and other students. While this may have been true a few years ago, online study has come a long way. With easy and simple ways of getting in touch with your tutor, online learning has never been easier. With better technologies, some educational institutions will run online lectures and classes where you can get real-time feedback from other students and teachers. You can usually also join an online forum of some kind where you can discuss the class, learning materials or any questions you may have with other students. It’s also a great way to share your work with other students and receive feedback.
Because it depends on your personally, your situation and how much time you have on your hands, choosing the the best study option can be difficult. While one person may thrive learning a course online, the next person may enjoy going to a conventional education facility instead. There are a range of benefits to studying online such as flexibility, a cheaper way to get qualified and even better technologies and study options. Depending on where you study and what you study, you may be able to access online lectures and forums.
Studying online can be a fantastic way to get a qualification in a field you may currently be working in or one that you just have a particular interest in. With many different study options, studying photography online with ICI UK has never been easier.