Photography

  • Series
    Anya Kovacs

  • Series on Photographs
    David Roussouw

  • 2015 Graduate Show. Photograph by Callen Jefferson
    Photographs by Shae Herrmann

  • 2015 Graduate Show. Photograph by Callen Jefferson
    Photographs by Barnard Bryce

  • Series of Photographs
    Lydia Richter

A comprehensive photography course to provide students with the critical skills to enter the industry as a fine art or commercial photographer.

Studying photography at Ruth Prowse has not only developed my skill to professional industry standard, but has also influenced the way in which I analytically interact with and understand the world of images around me.

- Kelly van der Watt

Course Content

1st Year

Practical:
Practical Photography (Major)- 84 credits NQF5 that comprises:

Studiowork - 18 Credits NQF5                                                                                                Darkroom Practice and Commercial Practical Photography - 66  Credits NQF5                                                                                                                                        Digital Post Production- 12 credits NQF5
Theory:
History and Contemporary Photographic Discourse - 18 credits NQF6
Theory of Photography- 6 credits NQF5

2nd Year

Practical:
Practical Photography (Major)- 84 credits NQF6

Studiowork - 18 Credits NQF5                                                                                                Darkroom Practice  - 33  Credits                                                                                                     Commercial Practical Photography - 66  Credits                                                                  Digital Post Production- 12 credits NQF6

Theory:
History and Contemporary Photographic Discourse - 18  credits NQF7
Theory of Photography
- 3 credits NQF6
Professional Practice
- 3 credits NQF6

3rd Year

Practical:
Practical Photography (Major Elective Body of Work)- 63 credits NQF6
Professional Portfolio- 6 credits NQF6
Digital Post Production-  9 credits NQF6
Theory:
Extended Essay- 36 credits NQF7
Professional Practice- 6 credits NQF7

This Photography course at the Ruth Prowse School of Art is aimed at students who wish to become professional Commercial or Fine Art Photographers. Students learn and put into practice that photographs are a powerful means of expression and communication and explore the relationship between concept and realization. All aspects of photography are covered from the nude to landscape to still-life to fashion to documentary to social awareness to abstraction. All methodologies are explored in the course to ensure a depth of technical knowledge. Students master the processes of black and white photography and printmaking, of colour photography, of studio lighting, of digital photography and related computer work by digital manipulation, and in addition, students revisit late 19th century photographic methodologies with contemporary hand-made printing emulsions.

Critique sessions and assessment are an integral part of the feedback of this course and individual interaction with lecturers is promoted. Tutorials and formal lectures explore research from historical to contemporary photography. Regular exhibitions at external venues are encouraged to give students experience in professional presentation and independent criticism. This also gives students the opportunity to gain exposure as photographers, generate subsequent freelance work as commercial photographers and/or market their photographs to generate an income. This professional practice is encouraged to form part of a cohesive body of knowledge even though students are undergraduates.

The visual component of the course is covered in lectures, slide show lectures, photographic excursions and visits to galleries and the studios of professionals. This comprehensive approach motivates discussion and analyses of aesthetics and promotes visual literacy. In addition, time management skills and marketing are developed to prepare students for their future careers. Learners are exposed to the photography industry with opportunities to work shadow.

The course is run by a dynamic team of lecturers who are practising specialists in their respective fields. The Staff at the Art School are committed to helping students realise their full individual potential. The School has a quality educational structure within a friendly, creative atmosphere.

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APPLY NOW FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR OF 2018

As class numbers are limited, prospective students are advised to apply earlier.

Course fees

FEES 2017

The academic fees for 2018 are R 47 730 for local and SADC students. The Registration Fee is R 9 000. The Registration fee is included in the total fee.

Students from SADC countries pay the same fees as local South African nationals but are responsible for the transaction fees of any forex. Students are liable for any bank fees for cash deposits. There are no application fees.

The projected total fees for 2017 are R 52 503 for Foreign students and are responsible for the transaction fees of any forex. The Registration Fee is R 9 000. The Registration fee is included in the total fee. First Year Foreign students are required to settle 50% of their fees upon acceptance of an academic space prior to the VISA application.

All foreign students are required to pay the 50% of their fees prior to documents being generated for a Study Visa. If the student is not granted a VISA, the fees less the Registration Fee may be refunded.

PAYMENT OF FEES

Student Fees may be paid in cash, by credit card, a direct bank deposit or by way of Internet transfer. Please note that students are liable for any bank fees for cash deposits to the school's account. A copy of payment of fees must be faxed or e-mailed as proof of payment with clear identification of the student name. Student Fees are required to be settled in full by the 30 May annually.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND INTEREST FREE PAYMENT PLANS

Students can apply for extended payment plans whereby fees are to be settled in equal monthly instalments from January to November (11 Months) at no interest can be applied for in writing to the Board of Directors at the beginning of each academic year. Applications for extended settlement will not be considered after the 30th January annually.

R 9000 for Registration by 01 February 2017  and  10 payments of R 3 873from the end of February to the end of November 2017

DISCOUNTS FOR LOCAL AND SADC STUDENTS

Discounts will be allocated for the full settlement of fees by direct transferas reflected in the school's account or cash received by the administration office. A discount of 10% at Registration by 01 February 2017and a discount of 5% by 28 February 2017 for payments via EFT

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