Photography

About photography

We live in a visual world with a high demand for people who can capture images in creative and technically skilful ways.

Being a skilled professional photographer provides you with freedom and choices. You could specialise in areas such as press, commercial and advertising, portrait and wedding, fashion, or sports photography and work for newspapers, magazines, advertising agencies, photographic studios, design companies, or even be your own boss in the freelance world.

There's an ever increasing global need for quality images for use with mobile technology, or print and digital media.

Studying photography

From 2016 Ara offers a three year Bachelor of Design (Photography). This replaces the previous level 5 and 6 diploma progammes. During your study we will introduce you to a wide range of disciplines including applied photography in a studio setting, on location and documentary style. You will look at photographic design and concepts; lens based digital media, design and imaging; the history and context of photography; technology and what's involved on the business side of photography.

We will help develop your technical, creative and conceptual understanding of design processes as well as encouraging you to be as creative as possible. You will also increase your knowledge and skills in digital post production/prepress; technical practice, professional and business practice; creative lighting, interactive design, digital imaging and DSLR video.

Our staff ensure you get connected with the photographic industry through our contacts in the business.

Whatever your story, however you want to share it, our photography programmes will see you well prepared to start your creative career.

Ara photography has fantastic fully equipped digital studios and printing facilities which combined with the experience of our experienced tutorial staff means that students can develop expertise in most photographic disciplines, including:

  • documentary
  • fashion
  • product
  • sports
  • wedding
  • studio and natural light portraiture
  • colour
  • black and white
  • family
  • news

We support photographic genres with business lessons related to photography to help students with their work.

Programmes

Bachelor of Design (Photography)

Bachelor of Design (Photography)

Programme code:
CH3756
Level:
7
Credits:
360
Starts:
February

Become an accomplished photographer, capable of working across a diverse spectrum of disciplines, and hone your artistic and professional skills for a fulfilling career behind the camera.

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Diploma in Professional Photography

Programme code:
CH3704
Level:
6
Credits:
120
Starts:
February

The ability to use a camera and take photographs that capture people's imagination is a great skill to have with many employment opportunities, our programme will help you develop this expertise.

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Certificate in Digital Photography

Programme code:
AO3177
Level:
5
Credits:
120
Starts:
February

The Certificate in Digital Photography is about giving your photographic aspirations a flying start. Turn your hobby or creative talents into a career you'll love. Photography is an increasingly profitable and interesting career choice that can lead to employment in many dynamic industries around the world.

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