Diploma in Photography


Language Selection / භාෂාව තෝරා ගැනීම

This course will be conducted in English as well as in Sinhala. Please mention the language of your choice clearly during registration.

මෙම පාඨමාලාව සිංහල සහ ඉංග්‍රීසි මාධ්‍ය දෙකෙන්ම පැවැත්වේ. ලියාපදිංචි වීමේදී කරුණාකර ඔබගේ මාධ්‍යය පැහැදිලිව සඳහන් කරන්න.


  • Follow a cutting edge 30 IME Credit, (1680 National Study Hours or 67.2 credits at the higher diploma level) international class true diploma course and get a deep understanding of the science, craft & art of photography
  • Learn ‘why’ of photography and start your journey to be a master
  • Learn photography as a life skill to become a competent professional
  • Get hands on training and real life demonstrations from true professionals in their respective fields
  • Get trained in the business aspect of photography
  • Learn to do a photography based multimedia presentation, write a proposal to a client or how to handle a client and to provide a client centric service.
  • Get trained in the academic aspects of photographic communication and stand out from the crowd

Course Duration

  • 60 direct teaching session for full time students (Equivalent to 15 IME Credits or 840 National study hours as per SLQF)
  • 4 semesters for part time students (Equivalent to 15 IME Credits or 840 National Study Hours as per SLQF)
  • 15 IME Credits worth of supervised thesis writing, literature review and portfolio assignment (Equivalent to 840 National Study Hours as per SLQF)
  • Total course load work worth of 1680 National Study Hours at the diploma level

Course Description

  • A feature rich 30 Credit, International Class course designed to take participants to international professional standards
  • All classes are interactive or multimedia experiences
  • Weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) scores are used for assessments
  • Mid term theory & practical exam covering three core modules
  • A thesis will have to be submitted on a topic chosen by the student under the guidance of his or her mentor
  • A separate literature review and a presentation will have to be given on a topic chosen from a pool of topics
  • A portfolio of 15 images has to be submitted within two weeks of the final examination; a period of two weeks will be given to submit the defense of portfolio after the initial assessment
  • Final exam will have a theory and practical components
  • 85% attendance is required to sit for the exams

Intended Audience

  • For those who are absolutely serious about photography and for those who want to start their own photography related business

Medium of Instruction

  • Full Time - Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri 0800 - 1200 - Sinhala
  • Part Time - Sunday 0800 - 1200 - Sinhala
  • Part Time - schedule to be decided - English - Please register your interest

Course Schedule

  • To be announced
  • Option – I : Full Time – Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri 0800 – 1200
  • Option – II: Part Time Sun – 0800 - 1200

Required Equipment

  • A DSLR or a Modern Mirrorless Camera or any other camera with manual controls for Aperture, Shutter & ISO
  • A laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom installed
  • An electronic flash unit or a strobe light with a triggering mechanism or a continuous light source

Capturing Module

  • Basic components of an image
  • The sensor & the film
  • Cameras
  • The Eye of the photographer
  • Lenses
  • Exposure
  • Examination

Composition Module

  • What makes a photo appealing
  • Conventions & rules

Processing Module

  • Reasons for editing images
  • Concepts of editing
  • Archiving & Software specific editing – I
  • Software specific editing – II
  • Plugins
  • Examination

Lighting Module

  • What is lighting
  • Why learn lighting
  • Light sources
  • Lighting angle
  • The amount of light
  • The subject
  • Polarization & Diffraction
  • Portrait lighting styles
  • Lighting up different subjects
  • Examination – Shooting assignment & Viva

Colour Module

  • What is Colour
  • Genesis of Colour
  • Reasons for Managing Colour
  • Computers and Colour
  • Monitors
  • Device specific colour
  • Colour Managed workflow
  • Colour Managed Printing

Presentation Module

  • Presenting as per requirements
  • What is a photograph
  • Optimizing images to suit presentation platforms
  • Displaying Prints
  • Optimizing display environments
  • Indoor/Gallery Lighting

Image Literacy & Critique Module

  • What is an image
  • Importance of visual communication
  • Impact
  • Context
  • Form
  • Content
  • History of Visual Communication & Art
  • Sri Lankan and Oriental Art
  • Renaissance
  • Impressionism
  • Modernism
  • Post Modernism

Specialization Module

  • Photojournalism
  • Portraiture
  • Product Photography

Business, Law and Ethics Module

  • Photography & Videography as a business
  • Things to do before starting a business
  • The business plan
  • Forming the Business
  • Market, Legal and Social Considerations
  • Running your own business
  • Business Administration
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Laws related to Business
  • Laws related to multimedia & Photography
  • Ethics
  • Customer Service and Customer Care
  • Dealing with Clients

Final Exam

  • MCQ
  • Structured Essay
  • Practical Session
  • Portfolio Presentation

Educational Requirements

  • G.C.E O/L for the full time course. For those who do not have O/L consideration will be given by case by case basis
  • Those who enroll for the English medium course need to have an adequate working knowledge of the language to follow the course

Getting the best out of this course

  • As in all other courses by IME, we expect students to spend a minimum of 2 hours on homework for each hour spent in the class
  • Participation in all classes is expected to get the best out of the course and more than 85% attendance is required to sit for diploma examination
  • We expect participants to have equipment as described in the course overview section

Enrolment Process

  • A limited number of students will be enrolled per course
  • Positions are given on first come first serve basis
  • Students need to choose a payment option and must make the payment to secure a placement


Course Fee: Rs. 160,000.00 (Rupees Hundred and Sixty Thousand )

Payment Option 01 (Discount option)

  • Eligible for 5% discount if paid two weeks prior to the commencement of the course
  • Discounted Fee Rs. 152,000.00
  • Payment date to be eligible for discount – two weeks prior to starting date

Payment Option 02 (Easy Payment option)

  • Four equal payments of Rs 40,000
  • First payment to secure a place prior to the commencement of the course
  • Second payment to be paid prior to beginning of week 11
  • Third payment to be paid prior to beginning of week 22
  • Fourth payment to be paid prior to beginning of week 33
  • Late payment fee of Rs. 1000/week will apply unless paid in time

Making Payments

  • Payments can be made in person, to our bank account or via credit card (this option is currently being developed)
  • A reference number is required to deposit money to our bank account and should be stated on the deposit slip
  • Reference numbers can be obtained by contacting our Registrar or filling out the following form

Contact Numbers

  • 011 309 4300
  • 077 415 1065
  • 071 274 5005
  • 077 762 5140