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Short Course
Photography History and Appreciation
A need was identified in the market for a short course in photography history and appreciation that can provide participants with the basic skills and knowledge to analyse and appreciate photography as an art form withing the greater context of photography history and theory.

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of this short course is to present a part-time platform where participants can develop the skills required to analyse and appreciate photography within the greater context of photography history and theory.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Learning assumed to be in place: 

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

For outcome 1:

  • the ability to show an informed understanding of the key concepts, principles, genres and theories of photography history and models of analysis;
  • the ability to select and apply various photography theory models in the analysis of a photograph;
  • the ability to identify, analyse and evaluate various aspects of photography based on photography history and theory.

Participants must be able to define key concepts of photography history and theory; discuss and apply standard principles and models relating to photography history in the analysis of photographs; distinguish and critically explain different theories relating to photographs that stem from different aesthetic movements various within the context of photography history and theory.

For outcome 2:

Participants must be able to discuss, distinguish and implement appropriate standard methods and models of analysis in the context of analysing photography.

For outcome 3:

Participants must be able to use the knowledge they have mastered in order to identify, analyse and ultimately evaluate various aspects of photographs based on photography history and theory.


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 two written analyses based on photography history and appreciation.

Additional information

Target group: 
Working adults in local businesses and full-time students at NWU Potchefstroom campus.
Contact us
Me Lindi Cameron
Telephone number: 
(018) 299 4094