Diploma in Photography

National Qualification | Full-Time and Part-Time

SAQA ID
84886

NQF
Level 6

Credits
370

The Diploma in Photography aims to provide students with sound knowledge and practical skills required to perform effectively in the Photography industry. The purpose of the qualification is to provide students with the ability to operate and apply Photography functions within the Photography environment.

The programme equips students with a comprehensive knowledge of photographic or imaging processes, materials and apparatus. On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to seek entry level positions in the field Photography and Image Processing.



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+Duration

The programme duration is 3 years on a full-time basis, or 4 years on a part-time basis. Tuition is face to face and is scheduled per campus. Programmes are offered during the week on a full-time and part-time basis. Part-time tuition is scheduled as per the stipulated planner.

+Career fields

Students can pursue a career in the following fields:

  • Freelance Photography
  • Professional Photography
  • Photographic Styling
  • Photographic Technician

+Certification

On successful completion of the programme, the student will receive a Diploma in Photography.

+Admission Requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Diploma endorsement, or
  • A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF Level 4 with Diploma endorsement, or
  • A Senior Certificate (SC), or Amended Senior Certificate (ASC), or
  • An equivalent international school-leaving certificate / foreign secondary qualification on an NSC level, or
  • Age Exemption (23 years or older):
    • At least five years post-Secondary School experience in the field in which the student wants to study and
    • Proof of English language proficiency and
    • Senior Certificate or equivalent
  • Mature age applicants, 45 years and older without a school leaving qualification, may apply for conditional exemption

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* Indicates subjects that need to be completed in the sequence stipulated, i.e. it is a pre-requisite to first complete Module A, before registering for Module B, or complete 1st Year, before registering for 2nd Year.

Year 1: Compulsory Subjects
Semester 1
Credits
Semester 2
Credits

Photography 1A*

10

Photography 1B*

10

Functional Photography 1A*

20

Functional Photography 1B*

20

End User Computing**

15

Digital Imaging

10

Business Communication

15

Visual Communication

10

Studio Practice

10

Total Credits

70

Total Credits

50

Total credits Year 1: 120

**Students will be given an opportunity to complete the EUC entrance exam. Should a student pass the exam they will be exempted from attending tuition for this module and credits will be awarded.

Year 2: Compulsory Subjects
Semester 1
Credits
Semester 2
Credits

Photography 2A*

15

Photography 2B*

25

Functional Photography 2A*

25

Functional Photography 2B*

15

Applied Photography 2A*

10

Applied Photography 2B

10

Management Principles

20

Total Credits

70

Total Credits

50

Total credits Year 2: 120
Year 3: Compulsory Subjects
Semester 1
Credits
Semester 2
Credits

Photography 3A*

20

Photography 3B*

20

Functional Photography 3A*

25

Functional Photography 3B*

25

Photoshop for Photographers

10

Experiential Learning ***

30

Total Credits

55

Total Credits

75

Total credits Year 3: 120

***Note that it is compulsory for all students to complete 160 hours of Experiential Learning in the workplace.