The year 2014 is a landmark in the history of TheDarkroom. Not only it has been acquired by a solid and long term established school such as ‘Centro Italiano Firenze‘ but also it is in the middle of a very big renewal of programs, staff and goals.
First of all, the new boarding. CIF’s directors will bring experience and know-how to the newly born department of photography, video, graphics and web design. Their 30 years long experience in the field of education is the solid basement TheDarkroom needed for its future. The new boarding is the asset that was missing.
Second, but not less important, the new staff of teachers and professionals which is bringing important know-how to the programs of our courses. The school is working to increment the number of teachers during this year and the students will take advantage of a broader experience for in the field and in the class lessons.
Least but not last are the new programs, enriched with the skills wanted by the new teachers to implement in the already existing programs.
Comparing the actual programs with the old ones, you can see that some topics have been absorbed by other major subject matters, some others have been extended to a superior grade.
It’s the case, for example, of the academic course of professional photography and multimedia. From this year onward the module of Advanced Photography will be spread in the advanced modules of Architectural Photography, Photojournalism, Commercial Photography and Fashion Photography. These modules will also require the preparation of a specific portfolio for each of the topics involved. The two subject matters of Web Design and Video Production will deserve a full month course for to extend to the maximum capabilities the goals of the two courses.
Moreover, the school was always paying attention to give students real and practical on-the-field experiences. Something in between a professional stage and practical work. The actual duration of the classes does not take in account the extra time students will be asked to work outside the class, for in the field practical experiences with companies which are partners with TheDarkroom. Such experiences allow our buddy photographers to test their real skills and knowledges acquired in class, dealing with a real client on its real market.
For to achieve a stronger result on this front line, all enrolled students to academic courses (photography, graphics, video, web) will have a free FotoLowCost.net Pro account included at time of enrollment from this year on.
That’s definitely the goal of a professional study: to put the student in direct contact with the real world of his/her own specific field of interest.
Delivering all of that has a cost. So, for the first time after five years, we took the decision to change course fees. There is one word for that: quality. This move is intended to stick the whole offer to quality.
In the next months we will work to make new certifications available to our students. Yes, the school is already recognized by the most important and top institution of Italy, the Italian Ministry of Education, which is enough for to push your assets to the broadest parts of the World. But we want to meet also the needs of who wants to study for longer periods, hence gaining higher certifications, such as those ones called of ‘first grade’. The whole of the new offer has been redesigned for to meet the requirements of the future, making possible achievement of such a goal. During this summer we plan to promote four brand-new Master Course programs, tailored for those who want a deeper and more specialized preparation about some specific subject matters.
We truly hope you all will appreciate the effort we are doing to deliver a more professional, more specific, more effective school ever.
Stay tuned with us and see the results.