It’s a good thing graduates of the Centre for Arts and Technology in Fredericton receive first rate instruction and hands-on experience with the latest equipment in their field of choice, especially because they have a tendency to hit the ground running. Consider the case of Andrew Kelly, a 2010 photography graduate who launched a professional photography studio less than a month after getting his diploma. “All the equipment and everything you use is top grade, so proving to yourself that you know how to use it and building up that confidence was a really good catalyst for kickstarting my business,” the 27-year-old graduate of the Centre’s Digital Photography program said.
Kelly is the owner and operator of Sameasforever, a fully-operational gallery and photography studio in the heart of downtown Fredericton. The writer and photographer has built a name for himself in the photography world of Atlantic Canada, a rise he credits in large part to connections and relationships developed while studying at the Centre. Through Sameasforever (Sameasforever.com), Kelly has covered major events like the regional T4G Big Data Congress and 2013 Canadian Ringette Championships; while the videography side of his studio saw him film the first season of Bell Aliant’s new show ‘Startup Kitchen’. He’s worked with larger corporate clients in the region, as well as longstanding Fredericton businesses, upstart enterprises and local musicians looking to get their sound and image out there.
And then there’s the travelling. “I’ve done weddings in Jamaica, the Dominican, and Mexico last year; I’m going there again twice this year. I’m also going to Mont Tremblant, Halifax and P.E.I.,” Kelly said. “It’s taken me everywhere, it’s been pretty cool.” Kelly considers the Centre for Arts and Technology the ideal institution to study photography in Fredericton, saying the school’s qualified instructors and practical programming leave students primed to succeed in the real world. “It’s built to start you from scratch and set you up for life, you just have to be hungry when you get out there.”
Centre for Arts and Technology currently has a scholarship contest for their Digital Photography program called TAKE A SHOT! Capture and submit a photograph representing the theme of ‘Love’ for a chance to win a $3000 Scholarship towards their April 2014 start date. The deadline submission date for the Take a Shot contest is Valentine’s Day – February 14th. For more details and to make a submission, visit www.digitalartschool.com/takeashotcontest. The Centre is also hosting a photography workshop on Saturday, February 8th from 2 – 4pm. For more info and to register, call 1.877.369.1888 or visit www.digitalartschool.com/photographyworkshop.