Do you need a class to learn multimedia skills like videography, editing and photography? This is a question I am often asked. My answer is it really depends on the person.
I have two good examples of each type of person. I am one example and my husband is the other. My husband is also a journalist and has similar multimedia skills. While I prefer learning in classrooms, he prefers learning on the job.
In the end, it can come down to a mix of both things – classrooms and work experience. But before you decide if you need a class these are some things you should consider:
- How much money does the class cost and can I afford it? If I can’t, is there a less expensive option I can find elsewhere?
- Will I really be able to invest my time in teaching myself these skills without a class? Will I actually follow through?
- Do I have access to the tools I need to learn the skills on my own?
I invested in graduate school where I spent a year learning a range of multimedia skills. The investment was worth it to me for a number of reasons, plus, I also love school! I, of course, also continue to learn new skills on the job – especially as technology evolves. But I really liked the foundational courses I took to prepare myself for my field.
However, I have seen people teach themselves multimedia skills on their own, such as shooting and editing. Again, it really depends on the person. And even if you do teach yourself something, you may want to invest in a class to get to the next level.
I hope this helps and I encourage you to leave a comment below if you have questions or thoughts!