Certificate in Photography
ADMI’s Photography Certificate Programme is designed for professionals interested in learning how to shoot, light and edit digital photographs. Through this practical course, students will learn to operate state-of-the-art digital cameras and control lighting both in natural and studio settings. ADMI’s curriculum also leverages Adobe Education learning resources enabling students to graduate with an added credential in Adobe Photoshop, the premier image editing software.
COURSE DURATION: 1 Semester
CREDITS: Average of 5 units per term with 24 contact hours each
Please apply early as we usually get many applicants for this programme and we only reserve places on first come basis.
Course In Depth
- Studio & Outdoor Lighting
- Composition and Design
- Visual Literacy & Storytelling
- Photoshop & Lightroom
Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be able to:
- Operate industry-standard cameras in order to capture still and motion-based images
- Apply effective lighting techniques in natural, artificial and mixed lighting
- Use Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop to edit and enhance images
- Apply appropriate techniques for different genres of photography, including portraiture, documentary, and commercial
Earn A Credential Recognized By Employers Worldwide
As an ADMI student, you will gain a competitive edge over your peers by earning an Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification in:
- Visual Communications using Adobe Photoshop®
ADMI instructors prepare you to successfully pass these exams through a project-based curriculum that leverages Adobe Education learning resources, practice tests, and real-world applications.
To learn more about the certification exam visit:
ADMI has invested heavily in the photography department that includes the latest models of digital cameras that are the most popular with photographers in the market.
We understand your love for certain brands so we have tried to accommodate both Canon and Nikon DSLR lover with popular models.
We also have a portable studio, reflectors and enough lights for any location shoot.
In our inventory we have some of the most popular cameras like:
- Nikon D810 – Full-frame sensor
- Canon MK3 – Full-frame sensor
- Various Nikon cropped sensor cameras
- Various canon cropped sensor cameras
ADMI has also invested in industry standard software such as:
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Lightroom
“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” — Don McCullin
According to Zion market research the global digital photography market is valued at $77.66B USD in 2015, and anticipates a 6.1-percent growth rate between 2016 and 2021. This suggests that there is a high demand for photographers and with more money entering the digital photography market, job employment is expected to increase globally.
For example, a news photographer aka as a photojournalist can have an art exhibition on various human conflicts that he’s covered. A commercial or product photographer will take images of a product that will accompany the marketing material. Photographers work within strict production timelines.
As a photographer, you will find employment opportunities in a number of industries, including advertising, publishing, sports, news, education, film, news and media houses
From working for an advertising agency to setting up your own studio, the diploma in photography opens the door to a wide range of creative careers.
As a graduate from this program, dive into well-paying jobs such as:
- Portrait photography
- Fashion photography
- News photography aka Photojournalism
- Commercial photography
- Product Photography
- Scientific photography
- Magazine feature editing
- Television camera operations
Emmanuel Jambo is a well sought after photographer famously known for taking President Uhuru Kenyatta’s official portrait. He has also been named as the president’s official photographer.
Steve McCurry is one of the most professional photographers in the whole world. He has over 30 years’ experience and his work has appeared on magazine and book covers in addition to several exhibitions that can be found around the world.
How to apply
Students who score a D+ and do not meet the minimum for joining a diploma program on their KCSE are required to complete either a foundation Certificate in Multimedia or Photography before progressing to a diploma programme.
Basic computer proficiency is required. Attach certificates to your application.
Each course has its own specific requirements. Please enquire from the administration what requirements apply to the course of your choice.
In order to study at ADMI, students are required to ensure they have the correct legal documentation. For international students, this includes obtaining the relevant student visa. Below are the guidelines to the international student visa application process.
Guide to Applying for an International Student Pass
ADMI is proud to attract students from around the world. This guide is designed to help international students understand how to apply for an international student visa in Kenya. While we do not process or pay for international student visas, we hope the following information makes the student pass application process as smooth as possible.
Please note: ADMI is legally required to inform the Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons Office when a student discontinues his/her studies at ADMI, regardless of the reason. As a result, if a student is dropped from their programme due to poor academic performance, poor attendance or indiscipline, ADMI will immediately inform the Immigration Office.
Step 1: International students apply to ADMI
- International students can apply to one of ADMI’s programmes online: http://africadigitalmedia.org/application-form/.
- Prior to applying to ADMI, please familiarise yourself with our international fee policies: http://africadigitalmedia.org/fees/.
Step 2: ADMI sends supporting documents for visa application
- Successful applicants receive a letter of admission.
- They will also receive a letter of support or a cover letter, addressed to the Director of Immigration, indicating the name and duration of the course to be studied – both new and renewal applications.
- Both of these letters will support international students in applying for their international student visa.
Step 3: Apply online for an International Student Visa
- Register at https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/, then log in at https://fns.immigration.go.ke/ and complete the application form (titled Form 30).
- Please note: incomplete applications will not be processed.
Step 4: ADMI Head of Academics or Principal signs/stamps completed form
- Print and fill out all details on Form 30 (student pass application form) from the following website: http://www.immigration.go.ke/downloads/Form-30-Application%20for%20Student%20Pass.pdf.
- Your completed form should then be scanned and emailed to ADMI at firstname.lastname@example.org, to be signed and stamped by our Principal or Head of Academics.
Step 5: Prepare all documents and attachments
- Collate the form and all necessary supporting documents, including:
- Signed commitment letter from the sponsor – both new and renewal cases
- National passport copy of the sponsor – both new and renewal cases
- Proof of funds for self-sponsored students – both new and renewal cases
- For minors, consent letter from the parent – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of parent’s national passport and copy of birth certificate of the minor should be attached as proof of relationship (for minors) – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of a valid national passport – both new and renewal cases (the bio-data page)
- Current immigration status for the pupil/student – both new and renewal cases (If already in the country)
- Two recent passport-size colour photos – both new and renewal cases
- Duly certified copies of basic academic certificates for those joining Tertiary Institutions and Universities – new cases only
- Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of the school’s/college registration certificate from the Ministry of Education – new cases only
- Clearance letter from Department of Refugee Affairs for refugees – both new and renewal cases
- Certified copies of progress report/transcripts obtained (by the issuing institution) – renewal cases only
- Copy of student’s pass previously held – renewal cases only
Step 6: Submit application to immigration offices
- Submit the complete form to immigration offices at Nyayo House, Alien Section, Counter Number 9 (full address below).
- Please note: Immigration might take up to two months to process your student pass or international student visa. If more than two months lapse, please follow up with the immigration office.
Step 7: Processing
- Once your application has been received, you will receive a notification via email. The email will state whether your application was rejected or received. If it has been received, processing should start immediately. You will be told to wait again. This might take around three weeks.
Step 8: Payment
- Once your applications have been approved, you will receive another notification. You should now log in to your portal and make a payment via M-pesa (Pay-Bill number 206206) or bank cheque (payable to PS Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government).
Step 9: Provide proof of payment
- Print out the approval letter and attach receipt payment. Take it to:
The Director of Immigration Services
Department of Immigration Offices
Nyayo House 9th Floor,
Kenyatta Avenue/Uhuru Highway
P.O Box 30191,000100 Nairobi
Tel: +254-20-2222022, +254-20-2217544, +254-20-2218833
- You will then be told to wait for the visa to be processed. This will take three weeks or so.
Step 10: Collection
- Once your Visa has been processed, you will receive a notification by email.
- Go back to immigration offices at Nyayo House, Department of Immigration offices Ground Floor Room 16 and collect your Visa. On the same day, you should register as an alien.
For more information, please visit https://fns.immigration.go.ke/infopack/passes/studentpass/.
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Abraham Ali is a passionate story-teller using images has worked in many countries across Africa, has worked for Corporates – local and multi-nationals, Advertising agencies, News agencies, Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations. Such as SCANAD Group, SHELL, UNEP -HABITAT, UNHCR, Toyota, Barclays Bank UK, UKAID, the Government of Kenya, among others
He produced an Award-winning documentary for Saferworld – BOND Award 2013. Over the years has worked with many organizations enriching their communication materials aimed at fundraising, project reporting, advertising, providing content for online use on websites.
He is keen to teach and mentor up-coming photographers currently based in Nairobi Kenya.
Lamek Nyagudi is a Kenya-born documentary photographer and film producer. His professional career began when he covered the 2007-2008 post-election violence in Kenya. Thereafter, he attended a one-year diploma course at The Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. His work has been consistently sought after by numerous prominent clients, including the National Geographic Channel (drug Ink Series), the Discovery Channel, Teak Digital, Vice, African Interactive media and media focus on Africa Foundation.