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Our Photography course is aimed at candidates who intend to make a career in photography, and have a strong professional orientation. All aspects of professional photography are covered both in practice and theory, with the greater part of the time spent on practical workshops and projects, either in our well equipped studio or on location.

The three year full-time programme leads to the qualification of Bachelor of Visual Arts in Photography, with the 4th year taking the student to the BVA Honors degree. We are also accredited to offer Masters and Doctorate degrees in Photography.

The programme covers aspects of web design, digital imaging, Photoshop, moving media, book design and page layout.

We have a strong departmental focus on the photographic genres of fashion, advertising, portraiture, documentary, fine art and conceptual, digital illustration, landscape, automotive, industrial, and architecture. At all times creativity is king as we are portfolio driven and aim to equip students to hit the ground running.

Students are required to have their own DSLR cameras and lenses, but the department is well equipped with professional level cameras, as well as a wide range of lighting equipment for both studio and location use.

Our main photographi studio is 18 meters long by 9 meters wide, with full infinity curve walls and is the largest studio in the Eastern Cape. It is frequently used by local and visiting professional photographers for photography of cars and workshops, which provides further opportunities for students to see what is required in the “real world” of professional photography.

Students are encouraged to take part in local and international competitions. They have achieved many top awards over the past few years, particularly in the Photo Imaging Education Association competitions, which attract well over 6000 entries every year from all over the world.

Many of our graduates have made a name for themselves in the profession, both locally and internationally, for their high levels of creative work.