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Udaan aims to add wings to your dreams in photography, irrespective of your final destination with your camera. The one thing that binds students at Udaan is - passion for photography. Every student of Udaan, whatever his or her final aspiration, will be tutored by leading working professionals. The courses in Udaan have been designed to meet the needs of photography-enthusiasts at different levels of learning and expertise -- from those who are interested in shooting good family photographs or landscapes to cutting-edge, world-class professionals. As a first of its kind, Udaan allows students of its weekend-classes to customise and make their own courses, as per their needs. Udaan caters to both photojournalists and commercial photographers, with its knowledge-intensive specialisation courses, designed meticulously by masters in the field. The comprehensive courses at Udaan aim, not just to impart technical knowledge to students, but to encourage and cultivate individualistic thinking and a creative vision. And to create a benchmark in visual arts education, powered by the expertise of its experienced faculty. Udaan is uncompromisingly dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in knowledge-gathering and sharing. Udaan has an unmatched syllabus, covering areas in photography, that few dare to teach, if any at all. We are sure it would be an exciting journey of interactive education for both students and teachers.

Situated in the heart of Mumbai, Udaan is an independent school of photography.


THE UDAAN EDGE


CREDIBILITY

Udaan’s strength is its credibility. It takes its responsibility of creating the next generation of professionals very seriously.  It’s been established by top photographers at the peak of their career, for the right reasons.  Love for teaching and seeing the students find their place under the sun is that drives the mentors at Udaan, who are all masters in their field and have decades of experience.


DISTINGUISHED FACULTY

It is said they quality of an educational institute is determined by its teachers. The extensive faculty of award-winning photographers at Udaan, brings with it experience and diverse styles of photography and years of work experience in national and international arena.The faculty is fully dedicated to the school, and are not just "once-in-a-while" visiting teachers. Nor are they visual artists from other fields. The faculty of Udaan concentrates on pure photography. While the instructors at Udaan are leading professionals in the industry, having won top awards and accolades all over the world, they are available to the students all through the year. Its an unmatchable combination and great opportunity for the students at Udaan. 

Added to it there have been many a legend who have been visiting faculty and guest speakers at Udaan, like Fashion Photographer Swapan Parekh, Padma Shri Pablo Bartholomew, Winner of "Photographer of the Year' in the U.S.A,  Kuni Takahashi, Fashion Photographer Rafiq Sayyad, Alex Majoli of Magnum, Photojournalist Prashant Panjiar, to name a few.

Click here to see bio of Udaan's full time faculty.
 

 

EXPANSIVE PREMISE

Not only the faculty is large, size wise, Udaan is one of the biggest in India and perhaps the biggest in Mumbai with a premise of over 10,000 square feet area, solely dedicated to photography. It has four large studios with make up room, a library, a computer lab, a cafeteria, ample sitting areas and an unique daylight studio. With such resources, there is no dearth of shooting and practice time for students. And oft this facility is extended to students even beyond the course

 

NOTABLE ALUMNI

The list of Udaan’s notable alumni is long and impressive. Something we are very proud of. The work of commercial photography students can be seen in large billboards on the streets of Mumbai, as well on the covers and centrespreads of magazines, like the prestigious Forbes and Femina. From shooting celebrities to fancy cars, to handling major clients, Udaan students have come a long way.

And about photojournalism students, they are employed as full time photographers in almost all major newspapers, magazines and international news agencies, that include the Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, Mid-day, The Hindu, India Today, DNA, Reuters to name a few.

And many of the students, even from short term courses, have gone on to win major awards, including the top prize in the prestigious 'National Geographic Photography competition', two years in a row.  Several students have also won Indian and international fellowships, with one former student  recently completing a residency program in Denmark.

Several Udaan students have also been the finalists in "Nat Geo Cover Shot' a photography based TV reality show.

Click here to see the list of Notable Alumni of Udaan



UNMATCHED COURSE CONTENT

Udaan provides the most comprehensive and actual work oriented course content. The courses have been very meticulously and scientifically designed by leading photography professionals. The extensive syllabus covers several subjects, that is not taught anywhere else. Udaan is able to offer such extensive content in its syllabus, and teach it with such expertise and authority, due to the immense global experience of its tutors.



SITUATED IN THE HEART OF MUMBAI
Hub to both fashion & glamour industry as well as journalism

Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India. Its the city of dreams. There is no other city in India, that better showcases the fashion and glamour industry, than Mumbai. The city of Bollywood, apart from the movie industry, has nurtured a huge number of successful fashion designers, models and commercial photographers and there is no better place than the Mumbai, to be part of this industry. And Udaan is based right in the heart of the city. But apart from the glitz and glamour, the tinsel town is also a hub of journalism, housing several of India's large newspapers and magazines. Learning photography in Mumbai gives students frequent opportunities to interact with leading professionals, be it in commercial photography or photojournalism. And the city opens diverse career opportunities.

Easily accessible : Udaan School of Photography is well connected to the rest of the city through an easily accessible network of railways, bus routes and taxis that are available 24 hours a day. The school is approximately just 8 kms away from the city's airport, and less than 11 km from Mumbai Central railway station. One of the main railways hubs, 'Dadar railway station' is less than 3 kms from the school and 10 minutes drive away. To travel in local trains, Udaan is just a 5-7 minutes walk from Matunga Road station (for western line) and a 2-5 minutes walk from Byculla railway station (for central line), making it very convenient for anyone to reach the school from any corner of the city. There is no water-logging around the school even during the worst monsoon and heaviest of showers, and remains accessible from different directions through the year.

Extensive access to computers, library and studio: Udaan provides students with access to its computers, library and the entire studio, at least six days a week. See
Students Resource Centre



REASONABLE COURSE FEE

Run by photography professionals, who have a passion to teach, Udaan offer its high-quality courses at a very affordable fee, as compared to the prevailing market trend. It has been made possible by the common drive among all instructors to make Udaan, a centre for excellence in visual arts education, rather then running it like a business.

Udaan is of the photographers, by the photographers, for the photographers !

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The experienced faculty of Udaan brings to table, a melting pot of ideas and creativity that will enrich the student’s pursuit of photography.
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