Career in Photography: Top 10 Colleges for Photography in India

How to build a career in Photography

A one-stop guide for the Aspirant planning to make a career in Photography.

Career in photography

Many times on our Student Career Counselling session, students asked us how they can turn their hobby of photography into their careers. We realized that many students are keen on learning photography but they are unable to find the right resources. So I decided to pen down everything that you need to know if you want to make a career in photography.

Gone were the days when a student had only three options, MBA, medical, or engineering. Time has changed. Today the youth are more creative and undaunted. They do not want to follow the crowd blindly.

Most of the students want to follow their passion to make a living out of it.  However, turning a passion into a career requires dedication and formal training.  Various colleges provide courses in photography. If you are planning to make a career in photography you should know the scope and prerequisite before you join the course.

Why Do You Need to Enroll In Photography Courses

Photography is a combination of skill and Interest. If you are reading this blog that means you are interested. To gain skills, you need a professional training.

Having a certification from a reputed college will give you the required technical skill. The faculties in these colleges have vast experiences.  These certified courses will give you edge in the competitions as most of the recruiters seek applicants who are formally trained.

Skill Required To Be A Professional Photographer

Before making a career in photography, you have to be passionate about photography. To be a successful photographer, you need to be creative, have patience.

What is the scope of Career in Photography

SCope of photography in India

Photography is a versatile career option. You can work as a freelancer, or be a paparazzi. You need to choose the right beat that you want to cover as a photographer be it fashion, wildlife or travel. After certain years of experience, you can be an entrepreneur and open your studio.

How much can I earn in photography

The Photography industry is not going to fade. Rather the demand will increase in the coming years. As per India Today, a well-qualified photographer can earn anywhere from Rs  2 Lakh to 3.5 Lakh initially. Once you have the gain experience, you can make Rs 50,000 to Rs1,000,00 every project.

Top Colleges Of Photography In India

1. Asian Academy of Film & Television

Asian Academy of Film and Television is backed by renowned Alumni like travel photographer  Aman Chotani and famous celebrity fashion photographer Mohit Sharma. They have a well-equipped campus and offer undergraduate, postgraduate as well as diploma courses.

Location: Noida

Name of the Course: Diploma in Still Photography and Photojournalism

Duration: 1 Year

Eligibility: 10+2

2.Delhi College of Photography

Delhi college of photography is well equipped with spacious air-conditioned classrooms, a fully equipped B&W room and lighting studio powered by Elinchrom, multimedia project room.

Location: New Delhi

Courses: They have various courses depending upon your experience level. Some of these courses are

  • Basic
  • Foundation
  • Advanced 1 year diploma

They also have specialized course in wildlife photography, candid wedding photography and fashion photography

Duration: The duration depends on the course that you choose. The advance course is of one year while the foundation course is for two months

Eligibility: 10+2

3. Sir Aurobindo Institute Of Mass Communication

They offer a foundation course for the beginners and advance diploma course for intermediate level.

Location: Delhi

Name of the course:

4. Light And Life Academy

Light and Life Academy is a star-spangled Academy consisting of famous photographers. Its professional photography course is supported by Kodak India, Calumet-USA , Eastman Kodak USA, Gretag Imaging-Switzerland, LMW- Coimbatore, Photoquip-India, ZenTask-India.

Apart from regular courses, they also provide online photography courses where they offer courses in different languages.

Location: Ooty

Name of the course:

Eligibility: 10+2

5. The one School Goa

The One School Goa offers integrated one-year programs. They also offer DSLR Film Making course, The institute is headed by Famous Ad maker Shantanu Sheroey. What could be the best then learning under the guidance of renowned photographer  Shantanu Sheorey.

Location: Goa

Name of the course:

  • 1 year pro photography program
  • 1-year pro plus photography program

6. The Indian Institute of Digital Art and Animation

Location: Kolkata

Name of the courses:

  • Bsc Film and photography
  • Diplomat film and Photography
  • PG Diploma Film and Photography

Duration of the Course :

3 years for PG 1 year for diploma and PG diploma

Eligibility:  10+2

7. Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University

Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts university offers both short term certificate course as well as Bachelors in Fine Arts photography

Location: Hyderabad

Name of the course:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Photography & Visual communication (4 Years)with annual intake of 45 students
  • Master of Fine Arts (Photography & Visual Communication) Degree (2 Years)with an annual intake of 25 students

   Eligibility: 10+2

8. National Institute of Photography

The National Institute of Photography offers varieties of courses. Their Courses are segregated depending upon whether you want to pursue photography as a hobby or professionally. They also conduct various workshops in fashion lightning and photo album designing.

Location: Mumbai

Name of the course:

  • Diploma in Fashion Photography for 7 months
  • Diploma in Wedding event Photography for 6 months

How Can I Be A Successful Photographer

  • Stock with necessary gadgets required for photography: Invest in a decent camera, lenses, and tripod.
  • Enroll yourself in a professional course.
  • Choose the beat you want to start with. It can be any either aerial photography, fine art photography, industrial photography, or portrait photography.
  • Build a portfolio
  • Internship: Do some internships to get exposure. Even if it is for free, grab the opportunity to get some field experience
  • Let the world knows about your talent through advertising your work on social media.
  • Don’t stop here. Take advanced courses and exams. Keep upgrading your skills and knowledge.


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