Photography: Why You Should Choose Your Electives Carefully
September 12, 2013
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So you know all the requirements – you just need to pick your electives. But which ones should you pick? How do you pick the right ones? And how can they help you?
At Brooks Institute, we understand that scheduling courses can be stressful and confusing. We want to make it easy for you. So we’ve answered all of your questions about photography electives. Learn about our program and how to narrow down your options here:
Why Take Electives?
Though you know you are required to have a certain amount of elective courses for graduation, it might seem like just another requirement.
But electives are important for students especially students in Fine Arts programs such as photography. They are not just a requirement but an opportunity. According to Neil Kokemuller, electives are important because:
- They allow you to take courses for fun, not just because they are required for your major
- They broaden your education
- They allow you to explore photography industry options
Kokemuller also cites a 2008 college study that argues “employers typically prefer a student with a broader or more diverse educational background if candidates are on an otherwise even playing field.”
Electives broaden your education, show the diversity of your interests and can improve your resume.
What to Look For in an Elective
Here are some of the factors to consider when choosing your elective classes.
- The instructor. If you enjoy taking courses with a particular instructor, find out what other courses they might offer and if you can fit them into your schedule.
- Your future plans. Consider what you hope to do in the future. If you want to work in a specific genre of photography, then you should consider taking courses in those genres.
- Your interests. Similarly, take course that appeal to your personal interests.
- Your classmates’ opinions. Talk to your peers. What classes did they enjoy? What classes did they find most beneficial? What instructors did they enjoy learning from and working with?
Taking these into consideration can help you narrow down your options. You are less likely to feel overwhelmed by the amount of electives offered, and you can decide what you want to pursue. If you have many interests, elective courses are a good way to narrow down the ones you want to pursue.
Some of the electives offered at Brooks Institute include:
- Fashion Photography
- Architectural Photography
- Food Photography
- In Water Photography
- Wedding/Even Photography
Electives allow you to learn special skills for these niches in photography while you work toward your degree. Learn more about how to pursue your personal interests as you prepare for your future in photography.