For the past year I've been undertaking a Diploma of Professional Photography through The Photography Institute. This course is delivered as an online self study, self paced course which has provided me a lot more flexibility than I would have been afforded had I studied at a physical campus.
It's not without it's drawbacks though as you need to be very self-disciplined in order to get through the study material and complete the required assignments. This hasn't been a huge problem for me although there have been times I've not done any study for several weeks at at a time, but then times I have done quite a lot of study in a very short period.
For me, this has been the great advantage of this type of study, being able to work at my own pace when and where I wanted to. I've done the vast majority of my studying/reading on my iPad whilst sitting in my couch, or even in some local various cafes. I've found this much more inspiring than a stale classroom environment.
During the course I had one of my images featured as the Photography Institute image of the month, displayed on their Facebook page. It was quite rewarding to see my work receiving this accolade. The image that was featured was a very long exposure image that I took just after sunset at a local beach; Bronte Beach, in Sydney NSW, Australia:
I've now almost completed my Diploma and look forward to graduating and receiving qualifications in photography.
I'm also looking at getting out and about a lot more to start putting my newly learned skills into practice so that I learn even more about image creation from my successes and failures.