Private School for Photography Diploma?


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seezhijie

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Direct Polytechnic Admission is just round the corner and I wanna make sure I have a backup plan in case I don't get in (yeah coz my results are so bad that if i don't get in I'll be dead meat)
I searched all around but there just isn't a diploma course in any of the 5 polytechnics which is more photography-based than Visual Communications.

Are there any private schools in Singapore which has diplomas based on photography?
Just photography, unlike Visual Communications in Temasek Polytechnic which branches out after first year.
Any recommendations?
 

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If you Decided to go private I rather you take on a bachelor's degree instead. Not sure where you can find them, perhaps a google search would get you what you want?

Anyways you can check out art schools like NAFA or Lasalle
 

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Direct Polytechnic Admission is just round the corner and I wanna make sure I have a backup plan in case I don't get in (yeah coz my results are so bad that if i don't get in I'll be dead meat)
I searched all around but there just isn't a diploma course in any of the 5 polytechnics which is more photography-based than Visual Communications.

Are there any private schools in Singapore which has diplomas based on photography?
Just photography, unlike Visual Communications in Temasek Polytechnic which branches out after first year.
Any recommendations?
In Singapore, I rarely heard of a course which is fully photography.
It is always in a course with other things, such as, Arts Photography.
 

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What do you hope to achieve with the diploma though?

I think it's noteworthy that a lot of the professionals don't actually have any qualifications whether diploma, university degree, etc.

And I've seen some pretty bad examples of photos being produced by photography graduates, so...
 

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My colleagues who are specialised in Industrial Design also took photography as part of their course. I think if you search Industrial Design, you might get a course or two based on this.

my advice though, would be... don't limit yourselves too much in specialising in just one major or strenght. That would be call putting all your eggs in one basket, get more well rounded. And only after you started working, then specialise in certain area. After all you are studying a diploma course and later on a bachelor degree, all these should be more wide base.

Trust me on that...
 

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thanks for all the replies

well i searched Google already, and also considered NAFA and Lasalle. But in the end I still prefered TP

yeah i know that. most of them make do with their portfolio. but if it's possible, I would want to get a qualification. Not just for the sake of the qualification, but also so that I won't be doing something I don't like in poly

don't worry about the job :) I have a friend who's a writer and founder of a media company. right after my O levels end this year, I will be starting work for him, part time.

my second concern here is actually in TP, there'll be a year where you have to take on all 3 branches. I'm afraid I might not score well for that particular year. but again, being in all 3 branches will help in 3 different ways. artistic, technical and post-processing
 

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I am currently studying in SAE, you might wana check it out.

They offer digital journalism and photography, all are full time courses.

Not an advertiser, just a student sharing.

Cheers
 

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I am currently studying in SAE, you might wana check it out.

They offer digital journalism and photography, all are full time courses.

Not an advertiser, just a student sharing.

Cheers
SAE is good.
 

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I am currently studying in SAE, you might wana check it out.

They offer digital journalism and photography, all are full time courses.

Not an advertiser, just a student sharing.

Cheers
this is great man. i didn't notice such an institute in Singapore XD for digital journalism, do you have to eg. write for newspapers? i hate writing news so yeah
 

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Make sure you consider what you really want to do in future rather than as an easier avenue way out. But I guess you already have something in mind.

Wish u all the best
Ryan
 

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this is great man. i didn't notice such an institute in Singapore XD for digital journalism, do you have to eg. write for newspapers? i hate writing news so yeah
Hi bro. You can check out this site.

http://www.sae.edu/en-gb/course/4451/Digital_Journalism

It had the professions that you might go to in future when you graduate from the course.
 

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seezhijie said:
this is great man. i didn't notice such an institute in Singapore XD for digital journalism, do you have to eg. write for newspapers? i hate writing news so yeah
You have to read, write and speak well in order to do a good Job in photography assignments in the future.

Read: reading is important, reading your client's profiles and their requirements to understand what they want and what they need. If you do not understand what they want, you're dead meat. (of course you can ask them but it just shows you're not professional)

Write: writing to clients about your details, rates, places, confirmation, prints etc etc. if you are the client, you do not want your professional hired photographer to be writing broken English or singlish would you? Same goes to typing.

Speak: confronting your clients And guests builds your reputation. When on an event for example, chatting to your client's guests may earn you more clients in the future, just don't chat when you're still working ;)

Just my 2 cents on this.
 

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this is great man. i didn't notice such an institute in Singapore XD for digital journalism, do you have to eg. write for newspapers? i hate writing news so yeah
Pure photography work is getting less and less. There will be a journalism or documentary spin to it, and you will need to be able to write well.
 

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seezhijie said:
this is great man. i didn't notice such an institute in Singapore XD for digital journalism, do you have to eg. write for newspapers? i hate writing news so yeah
In life it is difficult to avoid doing things that you dislike. Rather than focusing on that, you will want look at what you want to achieve or attain and be ready to embrace anything that needed to achieve it. Good or bad and like or dislike. When you graduate, you can work towards doing more things that you enjoy.
 

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In life it is difficult to avoid doing things that you dislike. Rather than focusing on that, you will want look at what you want to achieve or attain and be ready to embrace anything that needed to achieve it. Good or bad and like or dislike. When you graduate, you can work towards doing more things that you enjoy.
yeah i know. I was prepared to face illustration in visual comm. but I'll never be prepared to face writing for the newspapers >.> within media I'm willing to do anything except writing-related stuff
 

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yeah i know. I was prepared to face illustration in visual comm. but I'll never be prepared to face writing for the newspapers >.> within media I'm willing to do anything except writing-related stuff
Reminds me of Peter Parker in spiderman. His job purely takes photo for daily bugle without write up. Of course, if you have the subject like his, you will probably make money without the need to write anything. Not saying the money is good though as he is almost poorly paid all the time...
 

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Reminds me of Peter Parker in spiderman. His job purely takes photo for daily bugle without write up. Of course, if you have the subject like his, you will probably make money without the need to write anything. Not saying the money is good though as he is almost poorly paid all the time...
Hahaha yeah quite true. Should just fix a mini camera on his spiderman head and use it while he beats up the villains.

Ok anyway, what's in my mind is like freelance photography as my part-time job. My full time is mentioned above so not an issue with money(I hope). But freelance in Singapore can't really make much right? And not much courses for it either.
 

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Sgdevilzz said:
You have to read, write and speak well in order to do a good Job in photography assignments in the future.

Read: reading is important, reading your client's profiles and their requirements to understand what they want and what they need. If you do not understand what they want, you're dead meat. (of course you can ask them but it just shows you're not professional)

Write: writing to clients about your details, rates, places, confirmation, prints etc etc. if you are the client, you do not want your professional hired photographer to be writing broken English or singlish would you? Same goes to typing.

Speak: confronting your clients And guests builds your reputation. When on an event for example, chatting to your client's guests may earn you more clients in the future, just don't chat when you're still working ;)

Just my 2 cents on this.
Never had a problem with speaking and reading. But writing would be a huge problem. Since young, people say I sound fierce and rude while typing. Kept getting me into trouble XD the more I try to control, the worse it becomes
 

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Never had a problem with speaking and reading. But writing would be a huge problem. Since young, people say I sound fierce and rude while typing. Kept getting me into trouble XD the more I try to control, the worse it becomes
Rather than evade the issue, take it head on.

The British Council offers very good english courses in writing skills.

There are modules in comprehension etc which will be needed to build foundation. Courses are short durations, usually 1 or 2 evenings for a few weeks or shorter if fulltime - means, not a lot of effort to attend. They are not cheap, nothing useful is cheap.

The ability to read, write and express yourself is unavoidable in the working world, especially when you work for/with people, be it as an employee or boss.

Rather than limit yourself to a corner, open up the rest of the space.

Good luck.
 

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