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One of our missions at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication is to create a truly exceptional professional photography course in Delhi, even in India. To do so we pit ourselves everyday against one big challenge – anyone can shoot practically anything, almost anywhere on earth, using just about any media device and process it, upload it and share it with the rest of the world- all in a few minutes

With this burgeoning global brigade of photographers in mind, the photography course at SACAC is designed to not only introduce students to the technical aspects of the photographic medium but to also understand and relate to the aesthetics of the medium. Digital photography has substantially reduced the costs analog photography entailed, enabling carefree experimentation. However, it takes more than a high megapixel camera to consistently create photographic work that rise above all the visual clutter that surrounds us.

Overview

One of our missions at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication is to create a truly exceptional professional photography course in Delhi, even in India. To do so we pit ourselves everyday against one big challenge – anyone can shoot practically anything, almost anywhere on earth, using just about any media device and process it, upload it and share it with the rest of the world- all in a few minutes!

With this burgeoning global brigade of photographers in mind, the photography course at SACAC is designed to not only introduce students to the technical aspects of the photographic medium but to also understand and relate to the aesthetics of the medium. Digital photography has substantially reduced the costs analog photography entailed, enabling carefree experimentation. However, it takes more than a high megapixel camera to consistently create photographic work that rise above all the visual clutter that surrounds us.

It is essential for a professional photographer to distinguish himself/herself by producing images that are both, technically and aesthetically brilliant and represent the photographer’s unique vision and style. Our 16 months photography course is dedicated to making our students technically sound and realize their unique visual aesthetic. The students are oriented towards understanding the workings of digital image making, history of photography, fundamentals of aesthetics and issues of representation in arts in general. The proficient use of a variety of photographic skills and processes, through hands-on workshops and practice sessions enable them to become visual storytellers.

A team of distinguished faculty is at the helm of our photography school. They bring their extensive experience to the program in order to impart the rigor and sensitivity that is necessary to the life and work of a professional photographer.

Curriculum
The photography course at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication is designed in a way that recognizes thought to be as important to photography as technique. Unique among professional photography schools in Delhi, it is built around a solid core of human interest and documentary photography. Lectures, discussions and expert visits combine with workshops and projects to create a photography curriculum that helps nascent photographers develop purpose and discipline into a professional practice. Equal emphasis is laid on developing personal projects and acquiring skills to be successful in the business of photography. The students also get an opportunity to be part of special guided tours of exhibitions across museums and galleries in Delhi, which provide opportunities to interact with artists and curators. The 16 months course in photography is spread across five semesters, which broadly includes the following course content:
  • History of Photography
  • Introduction to Image Making
  • Basics of Digital Photography
  • Basics of Photoshop
  • Basics of Printing
  • Street Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Documentary Photography
  • Studio lighting for portraiture
  • Studio lighting for still life
  • Long Exposures & the Fantastical in Photography
  • Creative Writing
  • Basics of Design, Typography and Book Making
  • Understanding of the professional practice
  • Initiation of Internship Process
Artist in Residence The photography course at SACAC offers an artist in residence program that makes it stand out among photography schools in India. Every year the students travel to Pondicherry, away from the dictates of the classroom to immerse themselves into their craft. This residency provides the students with opportunities to ideate, conceptualize, investigate and execute a project within a short span under the guidance of a professional photographer. Annual Photography Exhibition The last semester of the course allows the students using all the skills acquired during the course to focus on a photo project that best defines their understanding of the photographic art form. The students may choose any genre that they feel can best express their ideas. They are required to write a detailed proposal for this project and submit it for approval. Once approved, the students are guided to complete the project. The photography course then culminates with an exhibition of this project. An annual affair, the photography exhibition is held in the lush green SACAC campus in Delhi. The students are involved in the entire process — that of printing, framing and laying out of the exhibition itself. For the inauguration of the exhibition, SACAC invites an eminent professional from the field who also gives valuable feedback on the students’ works. During the weeklong exhibition, distinguished photographers and magazine and agency editors are invited to the SACAC campus for interactive sessions with the students and to review their portfolio.
Eligibility

The admission process for the Diploma in Professional Photography Course at SACAC commences on 15th January 2017.
There are 20 seats in this program.

Eligibility:

Age: Min 20years as of April 1, 2017. However, individual cases of age 18+ will be considered after evaluation by an expert panel.

Educational Qualification: At least of 12 years of formal education from any stream.

Other Criteria:

  • Additional educational qualifications or work experience will be taken into consideration during the admission process.
  • Candidates from all educational backgrounds, including certificate programmes from private institutions are welcome.
  • Working professionals
  • Students in their final year of graduation
Attributes
  • A creative and innovative bent of mind
  • Passion and curiosity for the visual media and its aesthetics
  • Motivation and persistence to meet one’s goals
  • Knowledge of basic computer operations

NOTE: The course in photography demands complete dedication towards the curriculum and practice. Students who are admitted into the programme will NOT BE ALLOWED to undertake any other courses, activity, or job unrelated to SACAC during the course period.

Prospects
At the successful fulfillment of the Photography Course from Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication, the students will be awarded a Diploma. While the focus of the Diploma is on documentary, the course will instill in students a deep understanding of photography, impart skills and open up multiple approaches to making images. While some students will become assistants to senior photographers, at least early in their careers, some will become freelance photographers and some will acquire permanent positions. Varied career options will open out to them in the following fields:
  • Photojournalism
  • Advertising / Studio Photography
  • Documentary Photography
  • Fine Art
  • Photo Editors
  • Researchers
  • Archivists
  • Curators
The course will equip students to move into professional practice and make significant contributions. However, it is passion, commitment, perseverance and originality in the thought process that will enable one to make a place in the field of photography.
FAQ's

What does the curriculum of the Photography course at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication, Delhi consist of?
The Photography course at SACAC is a 16 months program designed for students interested in making images with a special focus on the documentary genre. It is spread over five semesters, each dedicated to learning about and practicing different forms of image making —street photography, photojournalism, documentary photography and studio photography. The students extensively practice using cameras, lenses, lights, flash and reflectors in outdoor and indoor situations. Basics of Photoshop and printing are also taught.  The last semester focuses almost exclusively on the students’ final photo project and portfolio building, culminating with the annual Photo Exhibition. For a detailed understanding of the photography course curriculum, please look at the Curriculum section.

What genres of photography are covered and not covered in this course?
The Photography course at SACAC has modules on street photography, photojournalism,  documentary photography and studio photography and does not cover highly specialized fields like wildlife or sports photography for practical reasons.

As a professional photography institute in Delhi, what kind of facilities does SACAC provide?
Our Photography Studio and Lab are equipped with the following:<br>DSLR Cameras and Lenses by Canon<br> • Swiss made high end lights from Elinchrom Flash Systems with extension rod stands fitted with black, silver and white um<br> • Color backdrops and props<br> • High end Inkjet Printer for printing photographic images

I have a part-time job. Can I continue to work while I pursue this course?
The professional photography course at SACAC is rigorous and demanding. There is a weekly scheduling of classes and a lot of time is dedicated to projects and practical work. Attempting to work alongside takes away from the depth and diligence this course requires. Hence, working, even though part-time, is not permitted. Moreover, maintaining 80% attendance is mandatory.

Am I expected to have some equipment or gadgets of my own?
Students who wish to enroll in the professional photography course at SACAC are expected to have their own Digital SLR camera, with a set of lenses and a flash that they can use for all workshops and assignments. A laptop with requisite softwares and a personal external hard drive of 1TB (minimum) is also a must have.

Will I have some sort of portfolio at the end of the photography course at SACAC?
Apart from the technical and aesthetic confidence that you will acquire during the course, your portfolio can be the strongest asset you take away from the course in photography at SACAC. Through a series of short and long term practical assignments, in addition to the final photo project, you will have the opportunity to build a portfolio that can truly showcase your photographic skills across genres. However, the uniqueness of your portfolio will be a direct reflection of the commitment and hard work you put in.

Will there be some sort of job placement on completion of the professional photography course?
SACAC does not guarantee placement. However, the last semester of the course provides opportunities of interaction with the industry and professional opportunities through portfolio reviews by photographers and newspaper & magazine editors. SACAC also facilitates access to organisations, with whom our students can interview and network to get assignments and employment. To get an idea about career opportunities after completing the photography course from SACAC, please speak with your course counselor / alumina.

What are the fees for this course?
The tuition fee for the year 2017-18 for the Photography course is Rs. 2,96,000/-. However, there are additional costs through the duration of the course. To get a more detailed understanding of expected expenditures, please see Tuition & Fees.

What is the admission and selection procedure?
Admission to the Photography course is a multi-step process, which can be viewed in detail on the Admission Procedure page. The qualification requirements for the course are in the Course Requirements section. The admission process aims to screen and identify students who are not only academically suitable for the field, but can demonstrate maturity and creativity in their thought process and attitude and are willing to commit themselves to pursuing excellence in the field of photography. Application forms for the professional photography course at SACAC can be found in the Application Forms section.

Does a University or a government body like the AICTE recognize a SACAC Diploma in Photography?
The Diploma conferred at the completion of the photography course is not recognized by any university but is well recognized by the industry. The diploma is an acknowledgement of the skills and knowledge that you acquire during the course and is in sync with what the industry expects of photography professionals.

Highlights

Exhibition
The last semester of the course allows the students using all the skills acquired during the course to focus on a photo project that best defines their understanding of the photographic art form. The photography course then culminates with an exhibition of this project. An annual affair, the photography exhibition is held in the lush green SACAC campus in Delhi and the India Habitat Centre. The students are involved in the entire process — that of printing, framing and laying out of the exhibition itself. During the weeklong exhibition, distinguished photographers and magazine and agency editors are invited for interactive sessions with the students and to review their portfolio.
Residency
The SACAC School of Photography offers an artist in residence program that makes it stand out among photography schools in India. Every year the students travel to Pondicherry, away from the dictates of the classroom to immerse themselves into their craft. This residency provides the students with opportunities to ideate, conceptualize, investigate and execute a project within a short span under the guidance of a professional photographer.
Volunteer Programme
Our students get the opportunity to volunteer at a Photo Festival. In the process the students not only get to experience the workings of a festival hands on, but also interact with international photographers, curators and artists.

FACULTY

STUDENTS' WORK

ADMISSION

Admission Process
The admission process for Photography Diploma programme is a simple 2-step procedure:
  • Submit duly filled Application Form with all the relevant documents.
  • Appear for Panel Interview.

NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be intimated via phone and email.
To access the application form and know more about the application process, please visit the Application Form section.

Additional requirements for Photography are as below:

    • Personal Statement
    • Write a personal statement of about 1000 words, which is mature and self-reflective. The statement should take into account your history; creative experiences, if any; influence and aspirations; and personal artistic dreams. In this statement also describe your reasons to pursue a Diploma in Photography and briefly list your Photography & Imaging skills.
    • Creative Portfolio
    • (a) All applicants must submit a creative portfolio that consists of fifteen (15) images either as photographic prints of size 6”x8” OR Digital Submissions in CD or by email as jpegs of medium quality (900 x 650 pixels approx)
      (b) Each image will be sequenced from 1-15 and will be named by a number followed by your name. For example, if your name is Ankit Sharma, title your images as 1_Ankit_Sharma; 2_Ankit_Sharma etc
      (c) In a word Document, provide A caption for each image submitted Explain the idea or inspiration for making this image (max 100 words per image)

    CHECKLIST FOR ENCLOSURE
    • Crossed DD for Rs. 2000/- in favour of “Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication”, payable at New Delhi.
    • Two photographs of size 3cm X 4cm.
    • Self attested photocopy of mark sheets of graduation and other relevant academic certificates. Admit card/examination ticket, if you are appearing for your final graduation examination.
    • Course specific essays, attach your CV with the form at the time of submission as stated under ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH COURSE.
    • Portfolio/CD/DVD in safe folders/pouches, as specified under ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH COURSE.

    TERMS & CONDITIONS
  1. An application form once sold/issued in the name of a candidate cannot be returned and/or transferred.
  2. SACAC reserves the right to call applicants for interview.
  3. An application form should be complete in all respects.
  4. Rights to admission are reserved with SACAC.
  5. Fees, once paid, are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  6. All disputes are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of Delhi courts.
Application Form
The procedure for accessing and submitting the application form for Diploma programme is as follows:
  1. Click on the link to download the Application Form in PDF format.
  2. Complete all sections of the form accurately, sign the declaration and submit.Please submit a printed copy at the SACAC office, either in person or through mail.
  3. A Processing Fee of Rs.2000/- is applicable with each submitted application form. You can pay this amount by cash at the SACAC office or by sending a DD in favour of “Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication” payable at New Delhi.
NOTE: We cannot process application forms that are incomplete or without submission of the Processing Fee.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
  1. An application form once sold/issued in the name of a candidate cannot be returned and/or transferred.
  2. SACAC reserves the right to call applicants for interview.
  3. An application form should be complete in all respects.
  4. Rights to admission are reserved with SACAC.
  5. Fees, once paid, are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  6. All disputes are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of Delhi courts.
 
Tution Fee
Tuition Fee
Photography Diploma 16 Months Rs. 2,96,000/-
  NOTE:
  • Applicable Service Tax extra
  • Students need to pay an additional refundable caution deposit of Rs. 10,000/-
Payment Structure
The payment of course fees has been broken into four installments for convenience during the course.
At the time of admission 1st Installment 40%
After completion of 2 months 2nd Installment 20%
After completion of 4 months 3rd Installment 20%
After completion of 4 months 4th Installment 20%
Terms & Conditions
Fees, once paid, are non-refundable and non-transferable.
A fine of Rs. 50/- per day will be charged for the first 30 days, post which the student may be barred from attending classes.
Students who will have to appear for re-examination due to failure to secure mandatory marks, will have to pay Rs. 1000/- as re-examination fee for each paper they have to re-write.
Students failing to clear their dues will not be allowed to appear for the final examinations and participate in diploma projects.
Photography students need to have a DSLR Camera, flash and other accessories, HDD of 1 TB (minimum).
The course require the students to go on study tours, film festivals, exhibitions, etc. The students are expected to bear the expenses of necessary transport, lodging and boarding.
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