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    Photography degree??

    Hi everyone

    i am a 35 year old male that has been taking pics for about 5 years. Been interning with fashion and commercial photographers.

    I am considering doing a degree and trying to intern and eventually want to work in NYC.

    Im looking to do the degree at photography studies college in melbourne.

    Question 1: With the degree will it be likely i will be able to gain a visa to the USA after finishing?

    Question 2: Is a degree a waste of money?

    cheers rusty

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    Re: Photography degree??

    Who knows what's going on in the USA??

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    Re: Photography degree??

    Try PIC

    As for the US, you can get a media visa, but you need to be published a heap before applying and if they knock you back it can be hard to get one.

    The visa will allow you to pretty much hop on a plane, jump off, go through customs and start working there
    (http://www.ustraveldocs.com/au/au-niv-typei.asp)

    As for the degree, I have one, it hasn't got me a single job, my portfolio does.
    What you get out of it is someone there while you're learning what you can and do off youtube, while working and from other photographers.
    It is handy in that sense but useless in the long run
    [/I]http://sportingphotos.com.au
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    Re: Photography degree??

    Most pro togs are self taught.
    Most degreed togs go into commercial work.
    Do a degree because you want to learn, not because it'll get you a job.

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    Re: Photography degree??

    Quote Originally Posted by valentlau View Post
    Most pro togs are self taught.
    Most degreed togs go into commercial work.
    Do a degree because you want to learn, not because it'll get you a job.
    Wouldn't say most most photographers are self taught.
    I know a lot of editorial photographers, none are self taught.

    All studied at school to a point, all when they started their careers at major news outlets started in trainee programs, then went through the ranks.
    Most would have spent their days filing pics at the pic desks, given maybe 1 or 2 days out, they slowly got more jobs and made a name for themselves.

    Like I've said, a degree won't get you work, it will give you a great start though, but your portfolio gets you the jobs.
    [/I]http://sportingphotos.com.au
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    Re: Photography degree??

    Q1. NO!
    If you want to work in the states, then make sure you have the proper visa before you leave the country.
    Don't arrive in the states with your degree and a portfolio, on a tourist visa.
    You will be held in prison, and sent home on the next available plane. And you may not be able to enter the states for a few years.
    This happened to a friend of a friend a few weeks a go.
    He went to the states with a tourist visa, but as he's a contract worker and had just finished up with his current employer, he had all his paper work for his tax, and the list of his last few employers.
    They deemed him to be coming to work, and was held in prison for 24 hours and sent back to where he came from.
    He then went to the US embassy here in AUS, and they again deemed him to be going to the USA to work.

    Q2. If you put you heart and soul into it, then it will be very rewarding.
    You must be willing to eat, sleep, and dream photography 24/7.
    If you have to look after the kids, or do a day time job, then you can't get the most from it.
    The biggest advantage is the contact you will get to other like minded photographers, who you can work with and pool your contacts and expand you current portfolio.

    As your already working in the industry, you are one up on most others.
    So while you might gain a more technical background about photography with a degree, you already have the thing a degree can't get, and that's a foot in the door.
    I'd ask the pro's your working with, what they think you should do to get to the US?
    "Anyone who recommends anything without knowing what you want to do with it should be ignored." Ken Rockwell

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