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Online learning at home vs. physical presence at a uni.

So here’s some facts and the query at hand.
• I’m a married woman who likes to spend time with her husband
• I have a job which will hopefully soon be giving me a 30 hour contract
• My husband and I are working towards owning our own home within the next 6-12 months
• We want a family.

Now, I’m interested in photography and as a check out chick would love the chance to be earning a little bit extra cash on the side…not to mention I’d love, should the pieces play right, to be able to maybe one day take photos as a large part of my income. But I fell like I’m very unlearned and I need some education….so with some digging around here in Hobart I discover that the best option for learning professional photography is in a town that’s about 4 hours drive away and I don’t drive, so that’s out…next local presence required location is university. Photography, electronic-media and digital imaging, it’d have to be part time as I need the work, and when I have kids there may be a serious issue, like I’d have to probably drop out, or never see the kid. This is guess work, not facts here, I’m not sure of this it’s just kind of thoughts I’ve had.
The alternative is what appears to be less comprehensive online options. Get a qualification from home sure, and in less time (uni would be 8 years), probably cheaper in the long run too…but are the qualifications worth it, do they mean anything? Will the education be as extensive, and I KNOW it’ll be more specialised, i.e. I’d get the basic photography knowledge but not the media or digital imaging or the background in artistic practices etc. But it is the more practical choice.
So there is my dilemma, any advice or suggestions are welcome WITH reasons.

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