Courses at the Market Photo Workshop

Foundation Course in Photography

Full Time
Duration: Eight Weeks
Five Foundation Courses run through the year.
Courses commence on the following dates:

16 January 2019 – 15 March 2019

3 April 2019 – 7 June 2019

24 June 2019 – 6 August 2019

18 September 2019 – 3 December 2019

Time: Mon – Fri   09h00 – 17h00
Cost: R6 402

An introduction to photography, the Foundation Course teaches the basics of digital photography. After having completed this course you will be able to photograph and process photographic images in digital format. You will also begin to work towards the development of a portfolio of work that will focus on a particular area of photographic practice, whether it be social documentary photography, commercial photography, or art photography.

Intermediate Course in Photography

Full Time
Duration: Twelve Weeks
Two Intermediate Courses will run this year.
Courses commence on the following dates:

6 February 2019 – 17 May 2019

3 July 2019 – 18 October 2019

Time: Mon – Fri 09h00 – 17h00
Cost: R10 568

The Intermediate Course is aimed at preparing students for the creative, conceptual, technical and professional demands of photographic practice. After having completed this course students are able to shoot, process and print photographs at a professional level. By the end of the course students should both have a clear idea of what area of photography they wish to operate in (social documentary, commercial, art/concept), as well as a comprehensive set of skills that will enable them to develop their chosen area of specialisation.

Students will be able to communicate with confidence, start up independent photography businesses, work in Photoshop and Lightroom, be able to navigate social media and use it as a branding tool, work confidently in the studio, and learn how to control light in any situation. Students have the opportunity to conceptualise a project, learning how to create a project proposal, budgeting, and creating an exhibition, enabling them to apply for funding opportunities within the photography industry.

Advanced Programme in Photography

Full Time
Duration: Twelve Month

30 January 2019 – 10 April 2019

27 May 2019 – 16 August 2019

2 September 2019 – 30 September 2019

7 October 2019 – 22 November 2019

Time: Mon – Fri 09h00 – 17h00
Cost: R21 000

In the Advanced Programme, the focus is placed on the individual’s creative, conceptual and professional development and personal photographic vision. Specialist skills are introduced at this level, in addition to which students will embark on a series of independent self-motivated projects. Students also select options from a programme of advanced interventions, these are short, intense programmes with defined outcomes – such as the production of a portfolio, publication or exhibition. These advanced interventions are designed to provide learners with specific skills, experience and access to the professional worlds of photography.

The Advanced Programme focuses on commercial as well as fine art photography, allowing the student to build up a professional portfolio. The course includes multimedia, community engagement, and entrepreneurial skills. Furthermore, Advanced students are placed in internships where they receive industry experience, and create a public project that focuses on curatorial practice as well as engagement on a particular social issue within a specific community.

Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme (PDP)

Full Time
Duration: Twelve Month

23 February 2019 – 4 May 2019

6 July 2019 – 14 September 2019

Time: Mon – Fri 09h00 – 17h00
Cost: R21 000

The Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Programme (PDP) was established in 2005, with the aim of broadening the availability of photography training for aspiring photojournalists in South Africa, the sub-region – and further afield on the continent. The PDP focuses heavily on inculcating a critical awareness of socio-political issues, cultural contexts, and contemporary media practices and perspectives, as they appear within the broader South African landscape. The methodologies and perspectives employed throughout the course are specific and contextual, and would suite students with a keen interest in African affairs. Students from other parts of the world who have a proven interest in exploring and documenting issues in Africa may also apply for the PDP. In keeping with the ethos of the Market Photo Workshop, there is a particular emphasis on recruiting learners from disadvantaged communities and from sectors of the media that may have limited exposure to important debates on photography (notably media in outlying and rural areas).

The PDP combines instruction in technical and conceptual issues with projects that enable students to sharpen their critical, research and interpersonal skills. Teaching is conducted in a context of ongoing debate about what it means to be a photojournalist at a time when social networking, citizen journalism and other threats to print media have made traditional forms of photo-reportage all but obsolete.

The programme comprises four terms, the first two terms are the most intensive, where students are expected to complete rigorous assignments set by trainers who are seasoned professionals within their areas of expertise. Classes are often interspersed with guest lectures and workshops, facilitated by highly qualified journalists, photographers and academics. The third term is largely devoted to internships in which students gain work experience at news organisations and non governmental organisations in Johannesburg and elsewhere. During the fourth term, students are given time to critique the work they’ve produced over the course of the year, while at the same time finalising their portfolios.

Training encompasses seven core modules designed to complement learning in photography with an appreciation of journalistic ethics, professional practice, multimedia and visual literacy.