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WORKERS can improve or update a skill or try a different field without the commitment of a formal qualification.
Short courses are offered by most training providers to give students a taste of their desired field or the few skills that could add to their resume in less time and at a cheaper cost than studying a certificate, diploma or degree.
Photography is one skill that many workers may use in their day-to-day roles but in which they have never been formally trained. The Centre for Creative Photography founder and director Gavin Blake says photographic equipment was invented more than 170 years ago and now is a skill more popular than ever.
‘‘ In the 21st century, everyone it seems now owns a camera and photography has evolved into a unique and strong art form with its own traditions, questions and conceptions among us all,’’ he says.
‘‘ A person’s work should communicate what they wish to say and not always what traditions expect.
‘‘ However, one must have a deep understanding of their craft to do so.’’
The Marleston-based training provider offers photographic classes to ‘‘ anyone with the motivation to explore this cutting-edge medium for artistic expression or for commercial gain’’ as well as certificate and diploma courses.
At TAFE SA, students can now enrol in hundreds of short courses and in those that start in early 2013.
Short course graduate Pina Ventra did an evening course in floristry and has never looked back.
‘‘ I’ve done about six courses now in floristry,’’ she says.
STRONG ART FORM: Students at the Centre for Creative Photography go through their paces in a studio.