Sylwia Szwarczewska is studying the BA (Hons) Photography course from the University of Hertfordshire, delivered 100% online by IDI. She hopes that the advanced photography skills she acquires during her studies will help her launch a successful career as a professional photographer.
"I started to take photography seriously three and a half years ago when my daughter was born. I was taking pictures of her all the time and had a lot of opportunities to photograph other children at that time. I received a lot of positive feedback so I decided to take my photography to a different level."
"I began with basic photography courses, but none of them made me feel satisfied afterwards. In comparison, the BA (Hons) Photography course with IDI is a 'proper' course which gives students a Bachelor of Arts degree title, not just a basic certificate. As I now want to do photography professionally, I feel like this course will contribute to my photographic career. It will also be evidence for my future customers that I have taken the subject seriously and I am passionate about what I do."
"Studying online was the only option I could consider as a mum and part-time worker. I was surprised with the number of activities during each semester, which definitely requires a lot of persistence and self-discipline in order to keep up with the programme. This course, however, gives a lot of flexibility so I can always find time to study, even if I am away from home. I've also received a lot of support from my tutors who have guided me through the modules."
"All my tutors have been really helpful. I think having regular contact is a very important part of this type of study. I have found my tutor's advice and hints very helpful and reflective and I have never had to wait too long for their reply."
"I hope that in ten years my newborn photography will be 'my bread and butter' work. I also hope to be recognised for my pictures and have an audience of satisfied customers. I wish to establish a good reputation with my business and gain a lot of recommendations from existing customers."
"If you are considering studying photography online with IDI, then stop thinking about it and do it. You will get a lot of help, if necessary. You can study whenever you want – even if you are an 'owl', 'morning bird' or 'globetrotter' (as long as you have internet access). If it's possible for me, then anyone can do it."
Oh, it's Sunday. Go on, put those dishes down and pick up your sketch pad. You know you want to.