Images are a powerful way to immortalise moments and tell compelling stories. Whether you plan to draw on photography in a personal or professional capacity, these skills are a valuable addition to your repertoire of competencies.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Digital Photography online short course introduces you to the features and functionalities of digital SLR cameras, and teaches you how to use different settings to take high-quality images under a range of conditions. You’ll also discover the principles of composition, and learn basic photo-editing techniques.
During the course, you’ll apply what you learn practically to produce a range of images, and you’ll benefit from ongoing constructive feedback from your head tutor, professional photographer Roberta Crumplin.
On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
An understanding of key photographic concepts, such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and how they impact image quality
The ability to use light to your advantage, and the knowledge to construct appealing compositions
The skills to digitally edit photographs and apply a range of visual effects
Is this course for you?
This course covers foundational digital photography terms and techniques. It’s therefore suited to both hobbyists and aspiring or self-taught photographers wanting to build or refine a practical skill set. Similarly, the content will appeal to professionals looking to develop digital photography skills for application in marketing, journalism, and other business contexts.
In order to complete this course, students need access to their own digital SLR camera.
Learn how to unlock the potential of your digital camera as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.
Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
Module 1 Getting to know your camera
Module 2 Aperture
Module 3 Shutter speed
Module 4 ISO
Module 5 How your camera understands light
Module 6 How to make use of your flash
Module 7 Composition
Module 8 Portraits
Module 9 Landscape
Module 10 Basic photo editing techniques
Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)
Develop digital photography skills and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town.
Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.
At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.
When do I start?
Our next available short course starts 17 September 2020.
You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.
GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.
At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.
The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.
On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.