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A Career in Photography

25 October 2007 28 comments


"Duck" - double award winning photograph by Alexander Barker

My son Alexander has decided that he is going to be a Photographer...
He has decided to put the travelling on hold next year and enrol
at Ultimo College in Sydney.....he will be doing the following 2 courses
part time over four years...
He will being presenting a portfolio of 12 photos in February 2008...



Ultimo College offers an extensive range of courses including biomedical and applied sciences, business, advertising, architectural drafting, surveying, valuation, hospitality and travel, floristry, advertising, public relations, electrical and mechanical trades, welfare, photography, hairdressing and beauty therapy. Its English Language Centre provides English language training to thousands of international students each year. As the first college, established in 1891, Ultimo College has great historical significance, coupled with impressive purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities.

Qualification: Certificate IV (NRT)
Training Package: CUV03 - Visual Arts, Craft and Design

National Code: CUV40403
Course No: 7539
Nominal Hours: 818
Vocational Area: Business Arts and Info Tech
Program Area: Fine Arts & Contemporary Crafts

This course trains you for work as a photographic assistant.
It gives you an understanding of the industry, introduces you
to new developments and techniques and gives you the skills
you need to work in the industry.

You will learn how to conceive and execute photographs to a professional
standard, to present and discuss your work and to be aware of the
occupational health and safety aspects of the photoimaging industry.

The course also gives you theoretical and practical training in the general
industrial, commercial and professional photoimaging. You learn about the
production of black and white and colour photographic images drawing on
elements of design and traditions of photography, digital image capture
and computer image management, camera techniques using a range of studio
and SLR camera systems, and lighting for both studio and location work.

You can expect to spend up to $2000 on an equipment kit and up to $1200 on
materials over the duration of the course.
Career Opportunities
Photographic assistant


You can do this course as part of a traineeship


Qualification: Diploma (NRT)

National Code: 90353NSW
Course No: 7512
Nominal Hours: 761
Vocational Area: Business Arts and Info Tech
Program Area: Fine Arts & Contemporary Crafts

This course is for people who want to become professional photographers or
to work in commercial photography areas.

It gives you a broad understanding of the industry, introduces you to new
developments in photographic techniques, and allows you to develop the key
competencies you need to work in the industry.

You will learn how to conceive and execute photographs to a professional
standard, to present and discuss your work and to be aware of the
occupational health and safety aspects of the photographic industry.

The course also gives you theoretical and practical (competency based)
training in the general industrial, commercial and professional
photographic field. You learn about the production of black and white and
colour photographic images as well as specific digital image techniques,
camera techniques, lighting, studio and location work, communication
skills, photographic mathematics and business skills.

You can expect to spend up to $2500 on an equipment kit and up to $3000 on
materials over the two years of the course.
Career Opportunities
Photographer, photographic assistant.

Articulation
When you finish this course you will have a high-quality portfolio which will
improve your chances of getting into the art photography strand of the Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts (7532). You may also get credit in the Advanced Diploma for some modules completed in this course.

Entry Requirements
Must have the Certificate III in Photography (7513), the Certificate IV in
Photoimaging (7539), or equivalent.
Note: Students are required to undertake a significant amount of practical
assignment work in their own time. It is therefore essential that students have
reliable access to a 35 mm single lens reflex camera or digital equivalent,
black and white film processing enlarging and printing facilities or digital
equipment and facilities to produce prints of at least 20 cm x 25 cm.








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  • BoydGreeneArt 25.10.07
     

    Congratulations to Alexander. I'm a little sad he's not pursuing art but I know the pull of photography and if there were 48 hours in my day I'd be a photographer too!:)

    It is great that he has found something he can fall in love with and be passionate about.

    I'll be looking for his work in National Geographic.

  • Kim 25.10.07
     

    I'll give Alexander your congratulations Boyd...
    thank you :)
    I'm so glad that he has decided to follow his passion in photography and if he decides to pursue the Fine Art side...then he has that option of going on with the Advanced Diploma of Fine Art.....


    haha National Geographic...yessss me too :D

  • Saboma 25.10.07
     

    This news of yours and Alex's is exciting, Mom! I can also see him with National Geographic. It's one of my most favorite magazines.

    Git on, Alex!

  • Kim 25.10.07
     

    too true MA...
    had a few moments where in desperation I suggested accounting (he's a maths wizard) or IT (yes he's a wizard on the computer too)....but then everything fell into place.....ohhhhh thank goodness....
    hehe if you can see him in National G....then that's where he'll end up......just meant to be methinks :D

  • Sueblimely 25.10.07
     

    Sounds like a good idea to put traveling on hold - I think it is harder for kids to get back to study after deferring. He can travel later with his new photographic skills under his belt. My daughter did her world touring in between finishing Uni and starting work. Photography can be so creative and with digital imaging these days it is even more of an art form.

    I agree about National Geographic, Saboma I like nothing more than heading away for a few days with piles of Nat Geo and reading to my hearts content.

  • Kim 25.10.07
     

    ah yes Sue.....
    he took a little convincing....and you are so right when it comes to deferring ....especially with boys...haha
    the possibilities and options are endless with photography and he will also have the chance to do the course as part of a traineeship as well.....

  • Lisa Lorenz 25.10.07
     

    Woohoo...Congratulations to Alexander! His photos are awesome and at very young age he was clicking away like a master. I think it is wonderful when a young person knows what he wants right away! He is very talented and I am glad he is jumping in! Great news mom! have a great weekend mate and best wishes to all of you! xoxox

  • Kim 25.10.07
     

    hiya Lisa
    you know only too well ....being there a few years ago when he won those awards...haha seems like only yesterday.....doesn't it....
    have a great time with your friend from Switzerland.... :)
    xxxxoooooooooo

  • Todd 25.10.07
     

    Congratulations to Alexander. Its great that he has decided to follow his passion in photography.

  • Mark 25.10.07
     

    Photography is very creative. Its nice that the course will train him as a photographic assistant.

  • Kim 25.10.07
     

    hey Todd
    thanks a lot for your interest :)
    have a great day :)

  • Kim 25.10.07
     

    ah yes Mark
    and hopefully after that a fully fledged photographer....
    thanks for stopping by :)

  • Lynda Lehmann 26.10.07
     

    That's wonderful, Kim, that your son knows what he wants! SO many people never figure it out!

    Hopefully he can make a good living with it. If not, he can do something else later on. Much better than not doing what he loves and then 3o years later, having regrets that he never gave it a whirl!

  • Kim 26.10.07
     

    hi Lynda....
    it is great ...we had a few moments there... where I wondered whether we would find the right courses for Alexander....
    but it all turned out for the best :)

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  • Kim 27.10.07
     

    hi Rio :)
    you certainly have a lot of blogs !!! :)

  • BoydGreeneArt 28.10.07
     

    Tell Alexander that he is now officially Alexander the Great since he went into a creative field!:)

  • Kim 28.10.07
     

    haha Boyd....
    I actually named Alexander after Alexander the Great !!!!!
    have a terrific weekend :)

  • Jos 28.10.07
     

    Kim, just by looking at that first picture I know he's doing the right thing! I have been a professional photographer myself (more than two decades ago), and have gone through a similar process and similar courses here in the Netherlands, and I just would not have wanted to miss that!
    Good luck to Alexander!!
    -Jos:)
    btw: Photography IS a Fine Art, as far as I'm concerned ;p

  • Kim 28.10.07
     

    haha Jos !!!!
    I can relate as I majored in Photography as part of my Fine Arts Course....I was a Tutor in Photography and Darkroom Practice...a Photo Journalist and an assistant to a very established Wedding Photographer about 30 years ago.....:P
    it's great that we have courses specifically designed for Photography now as opposed to courses in Fine Arts :)
    lucky you ...to have them available over your way....
    ps ...we've always been a bit behind when it comes to the arts :D

  • Diane 28.10.07
     

    Congratulations to your Alexander - mine is very good at photography too!

    If he is passionate about it then he will do well. Wonderful :-)

  • Kim 28.10.07
     

    it seems they have a few things in common... eh Diane :)
    My Alexander certainly has a passion especially when it comes to all things related to water and surfing :)

  • Deborah 29.10.07
     

    My congrats to Alexander! And to mom :-)

    He has a very keen eye, and we already know his incredible artistic skills in painting. I think it will play a prominent part to his photography. Even better that he has a mom with skills of her own in that area to help :-)

    Alexander the Great ... love that!

  • Kim 29.10.07
     

    haha Deborah...
    I don't know whether I will be much of a help to Alexander...more like him helping me....especially with the up and coming Africa landscape :D

  • Rio chrisandi 29.10.07
     

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  • Kim 29.10.07
     

    thanks very much Rio...
    have a great day :)

  • Assa Fetyia 5.9.08
     

    Hi,

    If he has the travelling bug and intends to travel later, then getting some good photographic training will help him no end when he does wander off.

    I managed to pay off my student debts from income from my travel photography.

  • Acai Berry 7.2.09
     

    Looks like a pretty good class. I've always had a passion for photography, but never really though about pursuing it as a profession.

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Kim Barker is a Visual Artist (Diploma in Art and Graduate Diploma in Education). She is also a fully trained Reading Recovery Teacher. She has taught RAD (Royal Academy of Dancing) and Cecchetti Ballet Syllabii. Kim also manages the Top Artist' Directory and PoeARTica as well as her blog laketrees She lives with her family on the Eastern Central Coast of Australia. Follow Kim at laketrees on Twitter for updates and news