The Diploma in Photography will provide you with critical skills to enter the industry as a fine art or commercial photographer.

Diploma in Photography - three-year diploma at NQF6 with 360 credits
SAQA Qualification ID No. 49862

Photography presents many opportunities to deal with a range of issues in today’s society with image-makers facing the challenge of becoming more technically capable, conceptually confident, and culturally aware than ever before.

Setting up a Shoot- Photograph by Bettie Coetzee


Photography is an exceptional medium which has been transformed into a powerful vocal visual phenomenon with exciting possibilities. The programme offers you:

  • Hands-on tuition
  • Creative authenticity within a nurturing environment
  • Exposure to the diversification of the photographic industry
  • Development of technical and conceptual skills
  • Experience in traditional approaches and new perspectives regarding discourse, printing and technology  

The programme begins with a foundation which provides you with a wide exposure to many forms of visual expression and a variety of fundamental skills. A variety of subjects are covered from the nude, landscape, still-life and fashion to documentary, social awareness and abstraction. The photography qualification is consolidated in the second year of study with areas of focus provided for you to increase your opportunity to discover your own visual voice. The course culminates in your chosen area of specialization at third year with the production of a student-orientated professional body of work with a related extended essay.

Staff are united in the common goal of educational excellence within the framework of a nurturing atmosphere and are committed to helping students realise their full potential.

Course Content

1st year


Practical Photography (Major)
84 credits NQF5 that comprises:

18 Credits NQF5

Analogue and Digital Photography
66 Credits NQF5

Digital Post Production
12 credits NQF5


History and Contemporary Photographic Discourse
18 credits NQF6

Theory of Photography
6 credits NQF5

2nd Year


18 Credits NQF5

Analogue Photography
33 Credits

Digital Photography
66 Credits

Digital Post Production
12 credits NQF6


History and Contemporary Photographic Discourse
18 credits NQF7

Theory of Photography
3 credits NQF6

Professional Practice
3 credits NQF6

3rd Year


Practical Photography (Major Elective Body of Work)
63 credits NQF6

Professional Portfolio
6 credits NQF6

Digital Post Production
9 credits NQF6


Extended Essay
36 credits NQF7

Professional Practice
6 credits NQF7


Academic Fees
R51 350* for SA and SADC students per year

Registration Fee

The Registration fee is included in the total fee.

FEES 2017

The projected total academic fees* for 2018 are R 51 350 for local and SADC students. The registration fee is R9000. The registration fee is included in the total fee.

Students from SADC countries pay the same fees as local South African nationals but are responsible for the transaction fees of any Forex. Students are liable for any bank fees for cash deposits.

There are no application fees.

The projected total academic fees* for 2018 are R56 485 for foreign students. The registration fee is R 9000. The registration fee is included in the total price. First year foreign students are required to settle 50% of their fees upon acceptance of an academic space prior to the visa application.

Visa documents will only be generated once payment has been received. If the student is not granted a visa, the fees less the registration fee may be refunded.


Student fees may be paid via the website or directly in person to the admin office. Student fees are required to be settled in full by the 30 May annually.


Students can apply for extended payment plans. Fees are to be settled in equal monthly installments from January to December (12 Months) at no interest. The request must be applied for in writing to the Executive Head at the beginning of each academic year. Applications for extended settlement will not be considered after the 30th January annually.

R9000 for Registration by 01 February 2018 and 11 payments of R 3 850 from the end of February to the end of December 2018.


Discounts will be allocated for the full settlement of fees by direct transfer as reflected in the School's account or cash received by the administration office. A discount of 10% at Registration by 1 February 2018 and a discount of 5% by 28 February 2018 for full settlement of fees.

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