General FAQ

Campus is open for visits throughout the academic year during working hours. Find out information on how to reach Light & Life Academy in the Contact Us page.

However, do let us know regarding your visit by writing to us on administration@llacademy.org or giving us a call on 7598287370.

Nilgiris is 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 temperature maximum 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.

Learning at Light & Life Academy happens through lectures, slideshows, demos and practical assignments. A typical week consists of on-campus classroom lectures and demos with faculty, working on assignments around the Nilgiris and critique sessions on campus. The schedule varies from week to week depending on the module being covered.

College provides transport and lunch, Tea/coffee on days the students are required to come to the campus.

To know more about student life check out Life at LLA.

The courses in Light & Life Academy are taught in English.

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.

Facilities and Faculty

On the days when students are required to be present on campus, the Academy will provide transportation to college and back to Ooty. Lunch and tea/coffee will also be provided on campus on these days. 

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

Apart from this, lights and accessories required for the Digital Filmmaking section will be provided by the Academy. 

To know more about the facilities, go to the Campus Page.

Students are allotted fully equipped studios with sufficient time to complete all studio related assignments.

At Light & Life Academy, every course is taught by qualified professionals who are active in the industry. To know more about the faculty, go to the  Faculty Page.

Prospective students can contact administration at +91 7598287370 or write to us at administration@llacademy.org. Based on availability of faculty/alumni, a meeting/call can be scheduled. You could directly get in touch with any of our alumni & faculty members through Social media.

Light & Life Academy has designed the PG Diploma courses for those looking to become freelance professionals. As such, LLA does not offer placements. However, students are offered career counselling opportunities with faculty and alumni.


9 months + Portfolio for the PG Diploma in Professional Photography & Digital Production

3 months + Portfolio for the PG Diploma in Documentary & Corporate Filmmaking

For all the PG Diploma Courses offered by Light & Life Academy, students are required to be present in-person, live in Ooty for the whole duration of the course. 

Light & Life Academy-Online offers a 10 week online course, Get Creative with Photography, available in 10 languages, for those interested in improving their skills as a serious amateur.

LLA courses do not have recognition from any government body, but are recognised by the Photography Industry.

PG Diploma Course Details

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.

There will be two batches for the PG Diploma in Documentary & Corporate Filmmaking course. The first batch will begin simultaneously with the PG Diploma in Professional Photography & Digital Production course. The second batch will start immediately after the completion of the PG Diploma in Professional Photography & Digital Production course.

To enroll in our programme, being familiar with the use of DSLR/Mirrorless camera is a prerequisite. You could borrow or rent a DSLR/Mirrorless camera and take pictures, which you can submit with your application.

Once you are offered admission, you will need a DSLR/Mirrorless camera to do the course.

PG Diploma Course Fees

  • Personal equipment as specified by the Academy
  • Personal equipment maintenance / repairs / insurance / books / stationery
  • Personal expenses on accommodation, food and personal travel, etc.
  • Expenses for travel and stay at locations where assignment shots and portfolio shots are to be done
  • Expenses involved while working on specialisation projects, on models, stylist, make-up artist/hair stylist, food stylist and other professionals only based on the requirements of different areas of study, opted for
  • Cost of making archival prints, in case of exhibition on campus or at locations off-campus
  • Overnight field trips/span>

Click on the links below to see the course fees and schedule of payments for the course of your choice.

PG Diploma in Professional Photography & Digital Production: Fees

PG Diploma in Documentary & Corporate Filmmaking: Fees

PG Diploma Admission Requirements

Admission is open to anyone with a degree or diploma (with a minimum of 15 years of formal education), who is over 20 years of age. 

In rare cases, exceptions will be made at the discretion of management, for those who have not completed a UG degree, but have substantial work experience. 

If you have any queries regarding eligibility call us at +91 7598287370 or write to us at admissions@llacademy.org.

The candidate can have a UG degree in ANY STREAM to be eligible for the courses at Light & Life Academy.

The courses at Light & Life Academy do not mandate any experience in photography. However, it assumes a basic knowledge of the operations of the camera. The curriculum starts from the basics of photography. To know more, go to the Course Page.

Students at LLA are required to have their own DSLR/Mirrorless camera kit. The equipment list will be provided once a candidate is accepted into the course.

If you have any queries call us at +91 7598287370 or write to us at admissions@llacademy.org.

If you are in your final semester and final exams are pending go ahead and fill in the online application form available on our website and apply. Since our course is scheduled to begin on the 17th of August, 2024, you should be done with your final exams before you join LLA.

Yes you can still apply to our courses. However candidates must ensure they complete their degree/diploma to become eligible for award of Post Graduate Diploma on successful completion of their course at LLA.

PG Diploma Application Process

The following documents are needed during the application process: 

  • Profile Picture: Digital file of a recent passport size photograph against a plain background (Note: ‘Selfies’ not accepted)
  • Digital copies(PDF/Jpeg) of Educational certificates.
  • Reference letters (Optional): The candidate may upload any reference letters. 
  • Portfolio: 20 images made by the candidate.

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.

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 will send the candidate an email with the next steps within 2 working days once the application is complete.

To request a change to the course you applied for, please email admissions@llacademy.org

We will consider all change requests, though we may not always be able to approve them, depending on your application and admission status at the point that we receive your request.

Yes, there is an application fee of Rs.1500/- + GST.

Chirag Shah, Architecture Student, Pune

This location is wonderful. Also has an amazing east facing view, but more than view, structure and planning is itself a puzzle, as we go inside we explore each space, be it open or closed, by the time i explored all the spaces i was amazed with plenty of spill over spaces, landscaping, the various levels and the use of skylight. Contoured site is very well used and maintained. I would surely try to study a course here, the campus and faculty both together are a wonderful team. 

Surely it was a most memorable experience. I would just be very happy to spend more time here. Thank you for such a great visit.

Priyanka Rozario, Batch 17

We all know what we learn is important, but I’m sure from whom we learn and where we learn it is more important. The time I spent in light and life academy would be the best learning experience of my life so far, the place never misses a chance in giving you the best options in photography.

If you’re looking for a place to passionately learn photography and gain a lot of experience doing so then this is it, look nowhere else.

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