Digital Photography online short course

Course starts 2 April 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
27 March 2020
Course Starts:
2 April 2020
10 weeks online
7 hours per week
ZAR R13,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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Online content featuring strong imagery gets 94% more views than those without. * Using high quality, original and contextually relevant images is key to creating a powerful story for your business or brand.

Having an eye for unique settings and creating strong compositions will separate the credible photographer from the mobile snapshot.

By building on your camera knowledge and learning the habits of a professional DSLR photographer, you'll gain complete creative control of your photographs. You’ll appreciate the versatility the camera affords you and be rewarded with a better photograph every time.


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What will set you apart

The UCT Digital Photography online short course offers you the opportunity to:

  • Unlock the full potential of your camera and adapt to your style to construct the most beautiful compositions
  • Constructively critique your own work in conjunction with feedback you receive from your Head Tutor and fellow classmates
  • Demystify the technicalities behind photography terms like aperture, ISO, and shutter speed 
  • Learn how to use light to your advantage and edit photographs like the pros

Course curriculum

This online short course in digital photography will help you to have the most impact on both professional and personal projects, and give you the skills and confidence to further your photography career. Each week you’ll tackle a new exit-level learning outcome, giving you maximum flexibility to work in your own free time.

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Getting to know your camera
  • Course Module 2: Aperture
  • Course Module 3: Shutter speed
  • Course Module 4: ISO
  • Course Module 5: How your camera understands light
  • Course Module 6: How to make use of your flash
  • Course Module 7: Composition
  • Course Module 8: Portraits
  • Course Module 9: Landscape
  • Course Module 10: Basic photo editing techniques

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

On completion of this course you earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


Your teaching team

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 2 April 2020.

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    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.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    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.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    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.

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