COLLEGES, PHOTO SCHOOLS, APPRENTICSHIPS, CAREERS...
The world awaits you, so get excited!
There are many paths to careers, and every experience you have will be a part of your arsenal, forever. Everything you learn you will use, somehow. Before I became an art teacher in 2000, I had spent 20+ years of my life in Advertising and Design, working my way up from simple mechanicals and stat camera work to Art Director. I wore many "hats" in that career; from layout and design, full color comps, type-specking and illustration, to photography, copy-writing and hiring. Every day was different and presented new challenges, and every job I tackled taught me something new which helped me in the next job. Experiences connect to other experiences and grow a foundation on which to build. When we teach you to make Photography in our high school classes, no one is thinking you must make a living strictly taking photographs as a traditional photographer, period. Instead, think about learning photography from the ground up as valuable TOOL to any area of careers in the creative arts, whether it is fine art, video, movies, television, animation, illustration, advertising, gaming, documentary, fashion, and for whatever purposes call to you - entertainment, educational, documentary-news, medicine, business, technical, social services, museum/archival -there are limitless fields of study and the visual experience carries over to all. This world is increasingly more visual by the day, and any education lacking in the exploration and discovery of what imagery means and how it is created and utilized will leave the individual in a poor vantage point from which to see the future. For a visual artist, Photography education is a piece in a puzzle, without which you cannot have a complete picture. Colleges and Schools that teach visual art require photography education for a reason, and many begin as we do, with traditional black and white film photography. Below are career related business ideas, schools, and programs; I will be adding more to this during the year, check back often.
Careers related to Photography: Click on the links below
Owner Patrice Marquardt began her professional framing career in 1977 and opened Marshall Framing Studio in 1992. She is a Certified Picture Framer (CPF), a Professional Picture Framer Association Accredited Judge and a framing industry workshop teacher, and regularly attends framing & preservation classes, furthering the shops education and “keeping up” on the latest studies and products.
How to get a Picture Framing Appreticeship
Picture framing is a deceptively difficult skill to master and requires a very steady hand. Framing a piece of artwork or a photograph is tough to do without harming it. You must be able to accurately manipulate the picture, keeping the edges safe from damage, then carefully apply a semi-permanent adhesive to keep the art firmly secured within the frame. Most professional picture framers started out as apprentices, generally doing between two and four years of on-the-job training with a master picture framer.
Advice from the pros:
1) Search out a nearby framing company that specializes in pictures and artwork. Schedule a meeting to speak with one of the master framers about the job. Picture framing is a career path with few formal training options, so master framers are generally very excited to help people get started on their own framing careers.
2) Ask the picture framers you meet with if they have any apprenticeships open. Have them direct you to other framing businesses that may have openings. Apply for a part-time job at department stores that offer picture framing, and use this as a ground-level opportunity to learn about job skills needed.
3) Take classes in art preservation and art history to learn more about the techniques preservationists use to frame pictures properly. Begin your on-the-job training as an apprentice framer. Keep a small notebook on you at all times to jot down notes and observations. You may have to work for free or minimum wage as an apprentice until you have the experience to expertly mount a picture. Use this time to soak up as much information as possible about the profession.
It is possible to break into the photography world if you learn a lot on your own, but most of us need the discipline of formal training such as college or a photo school or program. Once you have some training you could look for an apprenticeship and I found a site that offers these here:
This link will give you a list of Long Island and nearby photography schools: http://learn.org/articles/Photography_Classes_on_Long_Island_Which_Photography_Schools_are_Located_in_Long_Island_NY.html
The links below will bring you directly to schools that offer Photography Degrees, programs, and photography as part of Visual Arts Degrees: