Why a Degree in Photography Gives You an Advantage
Written 7 years ago by Guest Contributor
This is a guest post written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of top photography colleges.
There are some people who believe that you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need any kind of formal education in order to make it as a successful photographer; they feel that all you need is a natural ability that is honed over a period of time with experience and practice. But, there are times when a degree in photography or even fine arts gives you an advantage over the competition, because:
- It opens up connections: When you go to college, especially if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re lucky enough to be admitted to the best photography schools in the country, your college connections allow you entry into the best firms in the business. If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re at the top of your class and have a portfolio that proves your talent, the doors to various internships and regular positions begin to open even before you graduate.
- It is a necessity with some employers: Some employers stress on a degree, especially if your portfolio is not all that impressive. You can gain a toehold at a company and then use it to enhance your skills and cement your position. A degree opens doors that were hitherto locked and inaccessible.
- It increases your knowledge: Photography can be learned by practice, but a little formal education does you no harm either. It teaches you all there is to know about photography, both the practical and theoretical aspects. You also earn grades which help you assess how good you are.
- It provides you with business skills: If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re planning to start your own business, you should know that administration is an important part of running your own operation. So unless youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re prepared to hire someone to take care of the business aspect of your company, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best to learn a few of the basics of accounting, balancing your books and paying your taxes. A few credits in business management during your photography or arts degree should stand you in good stead once you set up shop on your own. It also comes in handy when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re seeking a position as an intern because you have that much more to offer towards the job.
Even if you feel that a photography degree is a waste of time in which you could otherwise be practicing your skill and seeking well-paying work, you would do well to earn at least one degree in any discipline. Four or even two years of college help teach you more about life and provide you with the discipline you need to face the real world once you graduate.
Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org