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Do i need a degree to do what i love?



Quote:Someone like Hugga Dunn, graduate of UWE and now working as a freelance fashion photographer http://huggadunn.co.uk I wonder if she would be using medium format film if she hadn't gone to Uni.



Just a point that I'm at college and we too use medium format film at times.

I recently spoke to the fashion photographer James Nader and he too has no photography qualifications, though the idea of doing a business degree maybe not straight away after college but later in life might be ideal.

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Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
15 Apr 2013 6:35PM
What sort of photography do you want to do, Alice?

Do you see yourself as being employed by another photographer, or do you want to run your own business?
I dont really want to be employed by another photographer as per say, more employed by someone to take photographs. I have my own little business where i do portraits and weddings but i dont really want to get stuck photographing the same things. I think id like to have a studio but i know the cost is high to buy a place, but i have heard of schemes where you can get grants i think it is. I enjoy taking portraits especially taking ones in different locations not just on a back drop. Not too keen on landscape, architecture.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
15 Apr 2013 6:56PM
Unless, as has been said, you want to branch out into forensic/medical photography, e.g. taking photos of murder scenes or or close-ups of gory medical procedures (Wink) a degree in photography is likely to be of zero use to you... and you will never recover the cost.

If you are not confident about your photography there are other (cost-free) ways of learning.

If you are prepared to spend 599, there is the EPZ course . Smile
Im alright ill stick to my free alevel course at the moment and see how that goes.
779HOB 2 1.1k United Kingdom
15 Apr 2013 7:43PM
I can't believe the EPZ course has been even mentioned as a option instead of a degree.

Alice, just visit some uni's and see what they have to offer. Do not make a decision based on this forum. Talk to people who know about degree courses and what they offer you.
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
15 Apr 2013 7:55PM

Quote:Unless, as has been said, you want to branch out into forensic/medical photography, e.g. taking photos of murder scenes or or close-ups of gory medical procedures (Wink) a degree in photography is likely to be of zero use to you... and you will never recover the cost


There is a whole lot more to uni than just a degree CB Smile


Quote:I can't believe the EPZ course has been even mentioned as a option instead of a degree.

Alice, just visit some uni's and see what they have to offer. Do not make a decision based on this forum. Talk to people who know about degree courses and what they offer you



Totally agree.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
15 Apr 2013 8:09PM
A degree course will cost many thousands. Is it really responsible advice to suggest someone should take a degree in photography which is likely to be completely worthless in terms of a career in photography?

If Alice wants to take a business degree or similar, that is another matter. But that is not what she has asked.
779HOB 2 1.1k United Kingdom
15 Apr 2013 8:36PM
Would you sat that any degree in any subject that didn't lead to a job directly relating to that subject was pointless?
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
15 Apr 2013 9:01PM

Quote:A degree course will cost many thousands. Is it really responsible advice to suggest someone should take a degree in photography which is likely to be completely worthless in terms of a career in photography?


It all depends CB, degrees can open more doors that would otherwise remain closed.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
15 Apr 2013 9:46PM

Quote:degrees can open more doors that would otherwise remain closed.


Depends on the degree. Smile


Quote:Would you sat that any degree in any subject that didn't lead to a job directly relating to that subject was pointless?


These days, when they hand out some degrees with the cornflakes......... increasingly so. Try getting a job with a degree in "social media". Wink

Employers are much more interested in vocational qualifications and - in my experience - some distrust degrees from 'uni' to the extent they set their own tests.
LVanDhal 2 126 1 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2013 11:38PM

Quote:degrees can open more doors that would otherwise remain closed.

Depends on the degree. Smile

Would you sat that any degree in any subject that didn't lead to a job directly relating to that subject was pointless?

These days, when they hand out some degrees with the cornflakes......... increasingly so. Try getting a job with a degree in "social media". Wink

Employers are much more interested in vocational qualifications and - in my experience - some distrust degrees from 'uni' to the extent they set their own tests.



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Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
15 Apr 2013 11:45PM
Should be said which academic institution you get your degree from, plays a part.

A good degree from Oxford or Cambridge (and possibly Durham) will open many more doors than the same degree from the University of the High Street (formerly High Street Polytechnic! Wink)
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
16 Apr 2013 12:04AM

Quote:Should be said which academic institution you get your degree from, plays a part



Quote:A good degree from Oxford or Cambridge (and possibly Durham) will open many more doors than the same degree from the University of the High Street (formerly High Street Polytechnic! Wink)


Many of the best universities were once Polytechnics, it does not matter.
strawman 11 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 12:15AM
Interesting view CB. Where I work we set the degree as the minimum entry requirement then do the tests on top to evaluate the candidates. It does not do to close the options, vocational training has its place, but then so does a university education. I can think of a time when I was a student where some Colleges were higher placed in the quality of their degree than traditional universities, as assessed by the professional bodies.

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