Coinciding with the World Photography Day, Symbiosis Society on Friday announced the launch of a school of photography to impart quality education to students about this form of art.
Talking to reporters, the principal director of Symbiosis Society, Vidya Yerawadekar, said that the school of photography has come up on its Lavale campus.
Ace photographer, Gautam Rajadhyaksha, who will also be the chair professor of the school, was present during the deliberations.
Rajadhyaksha said the school would offer three types of courses - a weekend course (2 days), a six-month certificate course in photography and a one-year advanced diploma in photography — to cater to different needs of the learners.
“While the weekend course would begin from the first week of September, the other courses would commence along with the beginning of the new academic term,” said Yerawadekar.
The fees for the weekend course would be about Rs6,000 per head, while the fee for the other two courses would range between Rs1.5 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh.
“The exact amount that a student has to pay would be finalised later,” she added.
Renowned photographer Shirish Karrale, who has been the photo editor of about 27 magazines in the past, will head the department and will be assisted by another noted photographer, Rajeev Joshi.
“We would also invite experts from the industry to guide the students,” she said.
“Though there is no age limit for those seeking admission, the applicants should have passed higher secondary examination,” said Rajadhyaksha.
The school will have state-of-the-art technology for teaching the students. There would be two studios and a floor for carrying out photo shoots.
Photography workshops will be held to equip the students with basic understanding of photography and camera, and to generate an interest in photography for advanced studies.
The workshops will focus on basic understanding about history of photography, optics and principles of photography, digital and scope of photography, besides practical handling of a camera.
The certificate course will give a detailed understanding of all that is taught in the weekend course, while the diploma programme will have two semesters along with practical experience in specialisation related to the discipline and commercial photography.