Sekolah Tinggi Desain’s creative campus (STDBali) blends an academic environment with a family atmosphere. It is one of Indonesia’s most popular creative arts educational institutions.
In the four-week summer school “Bali Behind the Lens,” you will learn the basics of photography and videography, while exploring the island with your camera, examining varied landscapes and the unique and spiritual culture of Bali.
Each week of the summer school focuses on one topic, ranging from the basics of camera operation to creation & storytelling, editing processes & techniques, and finally on to the presentation of the final product.
10 Credit Points
With the completion of this program, you can receive up to 10 credit points. All credits are transferable among the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and other Credit Systems such as the US credit system.
Travel Photography & Videography
In this 4-week course, participants will learn the fundamentals of photography and videography while exploring one of the most popular island destinations in the world: Bali. With its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides—all of which provide a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture—Bali stakes a serious claim to being paradise on earth.
Through practical exercises, students will experiment with creative composition, camera controls, lighting, and timing. STD Bali will guide participants to explore the narrative aspect of travel photography and videography. Using storytelling techniques as a tool to communicate experiences and visions, the focus will be on representing places, events, and themes. Students will also gain familiarity with a variety of techniques for correcting or improving images and footage through the use of computer software.
How is the course organized?
- Lectures in English
- Project work
- Social activities
- Selected cultural events
Who can participate?
The Summer School course “Bali Behind the Lens“ is directed at beginners and intermediates, and is suitable for everyone who is enthusiastic about travelling, photography, and videography.
Students can choose whether they want to deepen their knowledge in the field of photography or videography, or take both courses.
Why Summer School in Bali?
- gain expertise about camera operation and techniques;
- experience tropical living in Bali firsthand, and learn how to capture these special moments with your camera;
- earn up to 10 Credit Points;
- make friends with people from all over the world;
- gain deep insights into the cultural diversity of Indonesia.
Book a room in one of the "Student-Villas" and stay together with the other participants of the Summer School.
Travel Photography & Videography
- Basic Photography and Videography Techniques
- Developing Techniques and Storytelling
- Digital Editing of Photographs and Video
- Exhibition: Portfolio of Photographic Images and Travel-inspired Video
Basic Photography & Videography
This course introduces participants to the technical features of the camera, accessories, and equipment, and teaches the basics of travel photography and videography. In addition, the course demonstrates the individual production steps – from the outset of the idea to the final product. Through excursions and workshops, participants will be able to put the theory they have learned directly into practice. (2 CP)
In this subject, the participants will learn how to tell a story using photography or videography. They will become comfortable with special developing techniques that will help them realize their ideas artistically, and will learn how to create a theme around their work using lighting, moods, and effects.
In this module, students will become comfortable with image editing processes in photography or with the cutting and editing processes of video, using appropriate computer software. The collected images and video footage taken during the excursions will be processed and prepared for presentation in the form of a portfolio or travel video. (2 CP)
This module focuses on the post-processing and presentation of the photographs or videos. Here, participants will learn all the necessary steps for the final production, including printing techniques, exhibition management, and publication. The students will present their projects together in an exhibition at the end of the Summer School. (4 CP)
Excursions & Workshops
- Kusamba and Tenganan Concept & Traditional Activity
- Balinese Performance, Art & Culture
- Traditional Balinese Architecture & Temple
- Denpasar Heritage: Museum Bali and Gajah Mada Street
- Rice Terraces & Volcano view
- Gua Rang Reng Waterfall & Bali Beaches
- Market & Traditional Balinese Dishes
- Traditional Workshop and Ceremony
- and many more…
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You can apply online, using our online registration form. Have your letter of enrolment, a copy of your passport ID page as well as a high-resolution picture of yours handy.
Sign the registration confirmation and send it back to us. Your registration is now complete and you will receive all further information regarding study fees, visa, accommodation, etc.
Sekolah Tinggi Desain Bali – Campus of ‘Creative Innovation’
Sekolah Tinggi Desain Bali, or STD Bali for short, is located in Denpasar, the capital city of the island of Bali, widely recognised for its beautiful landscape, strong traditional arts and culture, as well as friendly people. STD Bali focuses on creating a family style academic environment to remain the preferred creative arts educational institution in Indonesia. With the vision of setting industry standards for education and training with the twin mottos of “empowering people to be creative” and “knowledge is our power” STD Bali has developed a coordinated process for insuring that learning is relevant to the work place. Offering various domestic and international classes, vocational and short courses in design, architecture, interior, landscape, tourism, art culture and others, the Creative Campus seeks to help students to become smart, competitive, creative and tough in order to meet the needs of both local and international industry.
- Students must wear appropriate clothes at all times on campus and on excursions. For men this means long pants and a shirt or t-shirt. Tank tops and board and shorts are not appropriate. For women, tops that cover shoulders and long pants are preferred. Shorts, mini-skirts, singlet and tank tops are not appropriate.
- Students must be in the class at least 5 minutes before class start.
- Smoking is strictly prohibited anywhere inside STD Bali building.
- Physical attendance at classes and excursions (85 %) is obligatory to gain the full amount of CP.
- In case of illness the student should inform the secretariat. For more than 2 days of sickness, a doctor certificate must been obtained.
At the end of the program, students who satisfactorily complete all course requirements will be awarded certificates as follows:
- Certificate stating that the student has attended the summer school program.
- An Academic Transcript showing the student’s performance in the program. The grades in the transcript are the final marks.
- A Certificate stating that the student has participated in the workshop or certain academic excursions (on request).
Each module’s credits are transferable to the European Credits Transfer System (ECTS).
If you want to have the subjects credited at your home university, we suggest having the course pre-approved by the home institution’s exchange coordinator, academic advisor, or a professor. Whoever is in charge of credit transfer should sign a “Learning Agreement” in order to provide a transparent and efficient preparation of the study period abroad and to ensure that the student will receive recognition for the educational components successfully completed abroad.
For the four week summer course in Bali you will require a valid visa that allows you to attend a short course. The recommended option is to obtain a VISIT VISA in your own country with a 60 day validity.
The cost is around € 50.
The traffic on Bali’s roads is impressive and very different to that found in Western countries. It can seem pretty chaotic in the beginning. Traffic jams are a part of everyday life. The traffic flows according to its own rules. Time, patience, and serenity are important at peak times in this respect. Many students choose to ride a scooter. It´s the fastest and easiest way to get around. They drive on the left side of the road, but one gets used to that relatively quickly.
An international driver’s license is mandatory. You can apply for one in your home country.
During the Summer School you can live with the other participants in one of the “Student Villas”. The “Villas” are located in Umalas and Canggu, in the south-west of Bali. There are many cafes and restaurants and it is only a 10 minutes ride by scooter to the beach. To STD Bali campus it takes about 20-30 minutes – depending on traffic. The room rates are between 320 – 455 euros for the entire 4 weeks.
The rooms can be shared, of course. At the Villa Oasis, there are twin bed rooms, so single beds can booked as well.
If you want to find a place to stay by yourself, we recommend the areas around Kerobokan, Umalas, Seminyak or Canggu – for those who like it more quiet we suggest Sanur. Denpasar is not recommended.