A pre-entry qualification for press photographers is set to be scrapped due to a “lack of demand.”
The National Council for the Training of Journalists is withdrawing its Diploma in Journalism for Press Photographers and Photojournalists from a register of qualifications.
The move is set to hit Sheffield College as the last remaining centre to run the course, due to be revived this month after being put on hold last year.
A statement on the NCTJ’s website said no one else could register for the qualification and certification for it would end on 31 August next year. It adds that a new specialist option in photography is now available in the Diploma in Journalism.
The move comes after the NCTJ scrapped its NQJ senior qualification for photographers due to a lack of demand, with the final exam taking place in July.
The training body said its diploma for photographers is being withdrawn from the Register of Regulated Qualifications and it has notified Ofqual and the Welsh Government.
Steve Phillips, NCTJ chief examiner for press photography and photojournalism, said: “The Diploma in Journalism for Press Photographers and Photojournalists is being withdrawn from the qualifications register due to a lack of demand.
“However, photography for journalists, a new specialist option in the Diploma in Journalism, is now available for photographers and can be studied alongside videojournalism for online and essential media law.”
The long-standing press photography course at Sheffield College, which was run by Paul Delmar for 30 years, has launched the careers of hundreds of photographers but was shelved in 2014 because of a lack of interest.
But the college is due to revive the course this month after moving its journalism training from its Norton centre to a new multi-million pound base at its Hillsborough site.
Commenting on the NCTJ’s move, Sheffield College principal Heather Smith said: “We welcome the launch of the Diploma in Journalism photography module.
“This new option will enable students to specialise in press photography as part of a broad range of media industry skills.
“We are the first NCTJ accredited centre to offer the photography module, which will be taught at our new £8.8m Centre for Creative Industries opening this September.
“We are committed to providing the skills that employers need, and our students are very successful at moving into employment.”