Intermediate Course Overview

Full Time

Duration: Twelve Weeks

Two Intermediate Courses will run this year. Courses commence on the following dates:

IC 21 January 2020  – 12 June 2020 (20 weeks, with orientation starting on a Tuesday

Time: Mon – Fri 09h00 – 17h00

Cost: R10 568 for applicants from South Africa, the continent or from the Global South (emerging economies in Africa, Latin America and Asia). International students pay R13 027. Please note that a non-refundable application fee of R100 is required on application.

Equipment deposits are currently set as follows:
• Digital camera: R 300
• Tripod: R100


The Intermediate Course is a 15-week fulltime course aimed to get you to operate with photography skill, knowledge and experience at an intermediate level.

The Intermediate Course is aimed at preparing you for the creative, conceptual, technical and professional demands of photographic practice.  On completion of this course you will be able to photograph process and print photographs at an entry professional level.  By the end of the course you should have a clear idea of what area of photography you wish to operate in (social documentary, commercial, art/concept), as well as have a comprehensive set of skills that will enable you to develop your chosen area of specialization.

You would also be in a position to undertake modest professional assignments and charge entry-level fees for doing so.  You should also be able to work as a photographer’s assistant on more ambitious assignments within the various streams of photography.

The intermediate course gives you a clear basis from where you can launch into the Advanced Prorgamme in Photography or the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Prorgamme.


The outcomes for the course define precisely what you should be able to do by the end of the course.  While there is a lot of thinking, reading, discussing and debating involved in the course, we believe strongly that the knowledge you acquire must be evident in the work that you actually produce as a photographer.  Therefore we seek to measure your learning on the course through tasks that are practical and applied.

By the end of the Intermediate course you will be able to:

Practical and Technical Skills

  • Photograph a range of images through the use of photographic equipment and light sensitive materials in different light conditions
  • Select, edit and render photographic images according to specific criteria; based on technical and conceptual specifications in the analogue darkroom, with Photoshop and other electronic software
  • Edit selected photographic images are edited according to post-production criteria
  • Resulting photographic work is presented and/or displayed in line with specified intention
  • Document, manage and archive photographic work

Visual Literacy

  • Apply creativity and insight to the taking, processing, printing and editing of photographs relative to the demands of a specific brief
  • Effectively realise intentions through application of photographic techniques and design principles
  • Analyse and apply knowledge of the creative, conceptual and technical dimensions of the work of other photographers to your own practice
  • Locate your own practice as a photographer within the field of contemporary visual culture

Professional Practice

  • Negotiate a brief with a client
  • Observe etiquette and practical aspects of working in a studio environment
  • Produce a personal development plan based on a realistic assessment of your current position and circumstances
  • Produce a personal financial plan based on a realistic assessment of your current position and circumstances
  • Produce credible and professionally presented marketing material related to your practice as a photographer
  • Identify sources of finance and funding for the development and realization of a body of independent, creative work
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal implications of different aspects of photography (constitutional law and freedom of expression, copyright, contracts, labour law)
  • Understand the legal and tax implications for different forms of business entity and identify an appropriate business entity for your future practice as a photographer
  • Demonstrate insight into the ethical implications of your practice as a photographer


The Market Photo Workshop utilizes a comprehensive approach to assessment that is focused on ensuring that you, the learner, are able to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to be a photographer. Each session that we have planned (outlined below) involves learning something new, and through observation and demonstration, the MPW trainers and co-ordinators are able to support you in ensuring that you achieve these results for each session.  Each week there is a Crit session that is aimed at ensuring that you have grasped all the various conceptual, technical and practical skills that you have been exposed to in that week, and provides an opportunity for you to receive constructive and honest feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your work.

For your final assessment, you will be required to produce a body of work in order to demonstrate that you have grasped and integrated the skills outlined above.  This body of work will be presented in portfolio format, and as a small exhibition.  Your portfolio and exhibition will be accompanied by written tasks aimed at demonstrating your grasp of the professional practice and visual literacy aspects of the programme and you will be required to do a brief verbal presentation of your work.  Reports will be issued to each of you after week 12 indicating whether you have achieved all the outcomes, and identifying areas of strength and weakness in your work.


Each week is structured around an assignment which brings together a range of creative, conceptual, technical and professional skills. Sessions in each week include both intensive contact time with trainers and course coordinators, as well as providing students with opportunities to work independently, photographing and processing photographs, working in the computer lab, and spending time doing research.  Each session with trainers involves an exciting and stimulating mixture of delivery methods aimed at ensuring that you emerge from the course able to confidently and independently apply the skills and knowledge that you have acquired:

  • Presentation/teaching
  • Demonstration
  • Doing/Applying
  • Reflecting/Evaluating/Assessing
  • And written materials to support the above, where relevant

Equipment and Resources

Cameras can only be rented between these times:
Monday to Friday: 8:45 to 9:00am, 12:45 to 1:15pm and 4:00 to 4:15 pm.

  • You will have to pay R300 deposit fees to rent a camera. If you damage or lose the camera the Market Photo Workshop will keep your deposit and you will have to pay another deposit of R500 (please see Camera Rental Policy for more information).
  • 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).