There are many schools offering photography subjects and workshops in the Philippines, but there are only a few schools offering photography as a college degree or a certificate course. Even the best ones are still quite new with programs being a few years old. They have, however, already produced a good number of graduates who are now professionals in the field.
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde offers the course Bachelor of Arts in Photography under the School of Design and Arts. Located in a diverse area and a busy commercial district in Manila, Benilde promotes itself as a melting pot of diversity where students are given the facility and training they need to become creative professionals.
This learning institution has one of the most high tech facilities in the country. And it instills in its photography curriculum that such a creative course has already become indispensable to businesses, especially for their product development, corporate communications and marketing efforts. And these guarantee the graduates of Benilde that they are fully equipped to take not just a completely artistic route but also a viable commercial path in their photography endeavors.
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts Campus P. Ocampo St. Malate, Manila 1004 Philippines +63-2-536-6752 dls-csb.edu.ph
Philippine Center for Creative Imaging
Located in Makati City, the central business district of the country and home to a number of creative industries, production houses, advertising agencies and photography studios, the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging provides both classroom- and workshop-style courses that cover both the basics and advanced lessons in film and digital photography. This premier training hub for the country's growing pool of digital artists and photographers offers a wide array of focused photography courses complete with instructional materials to help the students beyond the school premises.
More than lessons in photography fundamentals, a number of classes are specifically programmed according to the needs of the students. Some of these include: Still Life Photography, Architectural Photography, Product Photography, Jewelry Photography, Food Photography, Wedding Photography, Fashion Photography, Fine Art Nude Photography, Portraiture, Photography and Business and Photography Master Classes.
Philippine Center for Creative Imaging 2/F, Kodak Bldg. 2247 Chino Roces Ave. (formerly Pasong Tamo) Makati City Philippines +63-2-759-3087 pcci.com.ph
First Academy of Computer Arts
As more Filipinos become more aware of the prospects of a lucrative career in photography where product shots and marketing collaterals become a top priority of companies, professional photographers have become interestingly in demand in the Philippines. And First Academy of Computer Arts answers to the call of acquiring workshop-type education and certificates in digital arts courses so students can focus on learning what they need in the field, build a good portfolio and start getting photography projects given the country's growing demand for creative professionals.
As one of the pioneers in digital arts education in the Philippines, this Makati-based school offers basic and advanced digital photography classes with subjects interconnected with other valuable skills to enhance the students' skills. Aside from the actual photography classes, students are expected to take photo editing and digital storytelling classes as well.
First Academy of Computer Arts 2/F Saville Bldg. 8728 Paseo de Roxas Ave. Makati City, Metro Manila Philippines +63-2-898-2724 firstacademy.net
Rianne Hill Soriano is a freelance artist/writer/educator. Her diverse work experiences include projects in the Philippines, Korea and United States. For more than six years she has written about films, travel, food, fashion, culture and other topics on websites including Yahoo!, Yehey! and Herword. She also co-wrote a book about Asian cinema.