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Short Course
Basic Digital Photography
A need was identified in the market for a short course in basic digital photography that can provide participants with the basic skills and knowledge to capture digital photographs of a good quality

Purpose of the course:

After succesful completion of this Short Course participants will have the skills to capture digital photographs of a good quality .

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Basic computer literacy. Participants should have a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • The ability to show an informed understanding of the key concepts, principles, rules and theories of basic digital photography;
  • The ability to select and apply the appropriate standard methods, procedures and/or techniques as the situation requires by choosing appropriate tools for the task and using it with well-informed and trained skills;
  • The ability to identify, evaluate and solve routine problems as well as new problems in the context of basic digital photography

For outcome 1:

Paricipants must be able to define key concepts of basic digital photography; discuss and apply standard principles and rules relating to photography practices; distinguish and critically explain different theories relating to digital photography practices.

For outcome 2:

Participants must be able to discuss, distinguish and implement appropriate standard methods, procedures and techniques in different contexts with a view to effectively use all the available tools when taking digital photographs.

For outcome 3:

Participants must be able to use the knowledge they have mastered in order to solve different contextual problems as will be experienced with digital photography.



It should be noted that participants are obliged to attend at least 70% of the contact classes to successfully pass the course. Furthermore, a participant must attain an average mark of 50% for all the relevant assessments in order to pass the course. Assessment will be supervised and conducted by the course presenter (see method of assessment for breakdown of assessment). Any statement (“transcript”, letter of attendance, receipt, or any other document bearing a NWU emblem) must be treated in the same manner as a certificate – i.e. issued ONLY via the approved NWU system/route/protocol. The final assessments of this short course are to be moderated.
Method of assessment: 
Assessment will be carried out in the form of five genre-based practical assignments (one-third of final mark) and one portfolio submitted upon completion of the course (two-thirds of final mark).

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
Working adults, local businesses and full-time students at NWU Potchefstroom campus.
Contact us
Me Lindi Cameron
Telephone number: 
018 299 4094