Quick gains on a new path

Cara Jenkin dis­cov­ers how to get an edge with­out get­ting your­self in fi­nan­cial or time debt.

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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.

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