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Advanced Programme in Photography Overview

Full Time

Duration: The Advanced Programme is a year programme.

31 January 2024 – 22 November 2024

*Dates may change.*

Time: Mon – Fri     09h00 – 17h00

Cost:     R22 050 for South African students and students from the continent.

R63 340 International students.  

Please note that an application fee of R100 is required on application.

Equipment deposits are currently set as follows:



APP Objective

The Advanced Programme in Photography is an experimental multidisciplinary programme that  equips students with critical thinking skills through research-based projects that enable the creation of socially engaged commercial and conceptual narratives of African realities.

APP Outcomes

To independently explore the broader filed of lens-based practices

To work with conventional and digital media

To conceptualise, research, execute and pitch projects

To build professional network with fellow practitioners

To map out a career trajectory

The modules offered in the course are as follows:

  1. Technical Practice
  • Photographic Techniques
  • Post-Production
  • Printing
  1. Applied Photography
  • Studio Practice
  • Fashion
  • Architecture
  1. Visual Narrative

 This module enables students to embark on extended visual narrative projects that are approached from various perspectives and through an exploratory and experimental lens. The ability of students to research issues, themes or subjects in great depth so as to produce informed and considered photographic bodies of work is emphasised in this module.

  1. Multimedia

This module introduces students to the production of work composed of different media such as photography, audio, video, sound and text for public consumption through different platforms. While this is a highly technical module, it also puts emphasis on creative storytelling that is suitable for broadcast through digital platforms.

  1. Professional Practice

 This module is designed to prepare students to be entrepreneurial for freelancing and to be better prepared as possible employees. This will give students access to possible career trajectories within the world of allied lens-based services, gallery practice, multimedia and visual narratives. Ultimately students will be able to effectively plan, design and build their careers within photography through knowledge and experience gained from this module.

  1. Visual Studies

 This module will introduce students to the theory and practice of image making, focusing on the development of observational skills and analytical thinking. It will look at conventions of pictorial representation across time and cultures; discuss types of visual information and help students to develop a vocabulary for discussing images; explore visual narrative techniques and seek to expand an understanding of the role images play in our culture.

  1. Projects

This module is intended to introduce students to collective project based work. The form and type of project within any given year will be determined in collaboration with the Projects unit of the Market Photo Workshop. Public Participatory Projects and Research Projects in the tradition of the Market Photo Workshops’ public engagement programming will be prioritised as areas of practice.

Equipment and Resources

Please note you will have to pay a R650.00 deposit fee at the start of your course to secure all equipment needed for the course.

Should you lose or damage equipment, Market Photo Workshop will keep your deposit and you will have to pay an additional amount of R500

Please make sure that you know the other policies and procedures of the Market Photo Workshop
(for example, payment policy, assessment policy, locker policy and procedures for working in the Digital Station and Darkroom).

Our resources office is made available for renting equipment during the following times:
Monday to Friday: 8:45 to 9:00am, 12:45 to 1:15pm and 3:30 to 3:45 pm.