Light & Life Academy is located 9kms from Ooty, Nilgiris. Ooty is accessible by train and road. The nearest airport is 90kms away in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The closest metro is Bangalore, about 7 hours via road.
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The Nilgiris are at roughly 2000m above sea level. During summer the temperature reaches a maximum of 25°C and a minimum of 10°C. During winter the maximum temperature is 20°C and the minimum 0°C . The district regularly receives rain during both the Southwest Monsoon and the Northeast Monsoon. The average annual rainfall of the district is 1,920.80 mm.
Over the last 2 decades, students who have completed their photography education from Light & Life Academy, have gone on to have careers as freelance photographers, photo editors, cinematographers, creative directors and in other roles among allied fields.
Check out the Alumni Gallery to see their work.
Light & Life Academy has 14 studios equipped with strobe lights, light modifiers and grip equipment required to work on all assignments to be done on campus
To know more about the facilities, go to the Campus Page.
The flagship programme of Light & Life Academy is the Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Photography. Light & Life Academy also offers a Diploma in Documentary, Travel & Nature Photography.
The Academy also conducts workshops on specific areas of photography, designed on-request
for special interest groups.
To know more go to the Courses Page.
Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Photography - 12 months + Portfolio
Diploma in Documentary, Travel & Nature Photography - 7 months + Portfolio
Currently, both the courses offered by Light & Life Academy are full-time courses. These are designed for individuals looking to make a career as full time professional photographers. Students are required to live in Ooty for the whole duration of the course.
For those interested in improving their skills in photography as a serious amateur, Light & Life Academy has designed a 10 week online course,
Get Creative with Photography, available in 10 languages.
The PGD in Professional Photography is a comprehensive course that will equip students with the necessary skills to make a career in professional photography - Fashion, Automobile, Architecture, Food, Nature, Wildlife and so on. It is a 12 month course with additional time for portfolio submission. To know more, go to PGD in Professional Photography.
The Diploma in Documentary, Travel and Nature Photography course is designed for those who want to pursue careers in Travel, Nature, Wildlife, Documentary, and Event Photography. In addition, Fine Art and Aerial photography. It is a 6 month course with additional time for portfolio submission. To know more, go to Diploma in Documentary, Travel and Nature Photography.
The courses at LLA are comprehensive, beginning with the basics, all the way to specializations.
Check out the details on the course pages linked below.
Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Photography Course Curriculum.
Diploma in Documentary, Travel and Nature Photography Course Curriculum.
Evaluation is done on a continuous basis, on assignments submitted and tests administered. The students are expected to clear every single assignment with a minimum score of 70%.
Light & Life Academy believes that every student can make the grade, and the student is given enough opportunities and assistance from the faculty to achieve the minimum grade for every assignment.
Light & Life Academy expects a 100 percent attendance for all classes, demos, critique sessions and shoots in the studio. This is to ensure that the learning is thorough and every single concept that Light & Life has to teach is understood.
LLA is a gurukul, which means every concept taught has an assignment that has to be photographed and every assignment has to be cleared. Every student needs a hundred percent pass to graduate. The minimum grade is set at 70 %, to ensure that learning is of a high standard. The academy is committed to working with every individual student's learning curve to help them make the grade.
Click on the links below to see the course fees of respective courses of your choice.
Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Photography Course Fees.
Diploma in Documentary, Travel and Nature Photography Course Fees.
Once you have been selected and your admission is confirmed, you will be given an offer letter which will have the schedule of fees.
Light & Life currently offers 2 full-time courses - the Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Photography and the Diploma in Documentary, Travel and Nature Photography.
Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis and involves a three-step process:
1) Online Application Review by Light & Life Academy.
2) Online Interview with teaching and administrative staff.
3) Online or Personal interview with Director(s).
The Academy notifies admission status soon after the interviews.
Note: Applications are currently open for Batch 2021-2022. Candidates can apply from the course pages linked below.
Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Photography
Diploma in Documentary, Travel and Nature Photography
The following documents are needed during the application process:
A Portfolio with 20 images made by the candidate is needed during the application process. Candidates are expected to pick 20 images they consider to be the best they have captured.
Yes, there is an application fee of Rs.1000/- + GST.
Our admission takes place on a first come first served basis, hence there is no last date to apply. Once our seats are filled, our admissions will be closed, the same will be notified on our website.
Light & Life Academy has the infrastructure to maintain social distancing norms and is equipped with all safety measures in terms of sanitization and disinfection.
Batch 2020-2021 is currently in progress with all the precautions in place and will be maintained for as long as required.
No part of the course will be conducted online. LLA strongly believes in the philosophy of a Modern Gurukul, and hence, the whole course will be done on campus, ensuring that the students get the best learning experience.
These requirements are constantly being updated. Please check the travel guidelines for the Nilgiris closer to the date of travel at https://nilgiriscovidcare.in/entering-nilgiris/.
For further information, contact LLA administration at +91 7598287370 or email@example.com
“At LLA, it’s not just photography but yes there are extracurricular activities that are helping us inculcate a lot of knowledge. These activities are fun to perform with fellow photographers in the making. We got to know the different beautiful songs from other languages and the dance forms. Day by day, everything here is letting me open up my arms to something new each time I participate. Life is a bliss with a lot of learning at LLA.”– Tanjul Sarkar, Alumnus
“The session about the visual art was so interesting especially connecting the compositions of paintings with photography. It gave a totally new perspective to observe art, whatever kind it is. How various artists with their crazy passion brought a change in art & played an important part in the evolution of art. I never expected I will learn something related to paintings or other visual art form in a photography college! And this session was really wonderful!”– Faiyaz Hawawala, Alumnus