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By: Toheeb Babalola

The Oyo State Government and the management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, have recently set another mark towards the enhancement of education in Nigeria, as it established a new department on campus.

The Polytechnic, Ibadan, as one of the chief institutions in the hierarchy of Polytechnics in Nigeria, just established the Department of Photography where students will be taught the art and marketing of Photography. The department of Photography is located in the middle-belt, opposite the health centre, and falls under the Faculty of Social and Humanities.

The advancement of technology has positively changed the world, in which each individual has no excuse than to engaging in creative skill. Undoubtedly, creative skills like photography can only be found and professionally trained at The Polytechnic, Ibadan.

Studying photography will provide the students with expertise in sophisticated photography techniques, such as composition, manipulation, editing, processing, colouring and visual effects, as well as practical skills in relevant technologies. Students will learn how to curate and exhibit their photography and develop the marketing skills needed to sell and promote it. They will also learn about the key legal, ethical and cultural issues around taking, editing and selling photographic images. A course like photography will allow students to gain confidence in building relationships between the image maker and the client. Photography deals with critical, analytical and practical problem solving. And also in risk-taking and making use of failure,rigorous self-evaluation and critical reflection. Management in photography comprises organising, planning and working independently.

The following are possible admission requirements for Photography: In UTME, please note that English Language is Compulsory for this course and any other three (3) JAMB UTME subject combination needed to study Photography under the Faculty of Social and Humanities. Any three (3) from the following: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Technical Drawing, Biology/Agricultural Science, Economics or Further Mathematics.

O’Level Requirements: The O’level subject combination and requirements needed to study Photography;

You require: Five (5) SSC credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics and any other two (2) credits from Geography, Further Mathematics, Chemistry, Technical Drawing, Visual Art, Economics or Biology/Agricultural Science.

The Polytechnic, Ibadan became the third institution to establish this department.

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