Foundations of Photography

online short course

R5 000.00 R4 750.00


8 weeks

Why a Foundations of Photography Course?

You see the world in a unique way – and this course will help you to share that vision. Whether you are an absolute beginner with “an itch to scratch” or someone who needs to take better photographs for practical purposes, our foundation course will help you gain creative control over that complex light-recording tool – the camera.


Welcome to our Foundations of Photography course! Life is a series of images, and photography is a personal journey. As you work through the modules, you’ll learn the technical and creative skills you need to immortality your photographic art.

By the end of the course, you will have created a mini portfolio of your work on a digital platform, Behance, and exhibited your best works at the end-of-year CityVarsity showcase.

Subject Expert

Julian Goldswain has a B.Tech Photography (cum laude) from NMMU. He is an award-winning professional photographer practising in the corporate media space. His social documentary work has been exhibited locally and overseas. Passionate about training, he founded School of Light. Julian won the 2007 Bronze for Documentary, Fuji Professional Award and the 2008 Bronze, Advertising, Sony Profoto Award.

Tutor Support

With the freedom that online education brings, CityVarsity Online students can upskill in their own time, from almost anywhere on earth. Well, anywhere where the internet is accessible, that is. But although our students may roam far and wide, they are never far out of our minds.

Each course is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready and waiting to guide and assist their learners throughout their learning experience. The Online Academic Tutor, who is assigned to your course, is trained to build each student up to reach their fullest potential. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offer advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.

Course and Technical Requirements

In order to get the full benefit from this course, you require the following:

  • Computer/Laptop/Tablet
  • Stable internet connection
  • Firefox/Microsoft Edge/Chrome web browser (latest version)
  • Adobe Acrobat, or similar PDF viewer
  • Microsoft Word/Pages (ability to export documents as PDF files)
  • Email/Cell phone for notifications and communication
  • Ability to scan and upload documents
  • DSLR camera
  • Battery for the camera
  • Memory card (SD, CF – minimum 1 GB)
  • USB cord to connect camera to computer
  • Tripod (optional)

How You Will Learn

  • Online Learning Studio
  • Module Notes
  • Videos
  • External URLs
  • Quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Feedback
  • Forum Discussions
  • Academic Support

This course is presented through an interactive learning platform – our Online Learning Studio. You are encouraged to refer to external URLs for a broader understanding and complete the quizzes in order to test your own grasp of each module. Feedback on your assignments will deepen your learning experience, and your participation in the discussion forum with your fellow students brings the classroom into your space.


Upon successful completion of your course, you will be awarded a CityVarsity Online certificate.

module outline

  • MODULE 0
    Orientation Module
  • MODULE 1
    Getting to Know Your Camera
  • MODULE 2
    Making Visual Decisions
  • MODULE 3
    Composition and Framing
  • MODULE 4
    Light and Exposure
  • MODULE 5
  • MODULE 6
    Basic Editing in Google Photos
  • MODULE 7

Payment options available to you

Credit Card
Payment Plan
EFT/Direct Deposit


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