Part Time Advanced Course


The 10 month Advanced Photography Course is aimed at individuals who are already technically proficient and would like to create a focused body of work, and smaller projects around a particular theme or concept. The course teaches practical and theoretical development of concept and narrative, exploring a critical approach to image making in our local context. By engaging a variety of research processes involved in the building of a contemporary visual narrative, you will reflect upon the use of photographic technique to create and express meaning.

The course includes modules on Portraiture and Landscape Photography, Critical Photographic Theory, Visual Culture and Literacy and Professional Practice. The course outcomes include an exhibition at Through The Lens Collective, or an exhibition publication.

Duration: 10 months

Venue: Through The Lens Collective, Victoria Yards, JHB

Class times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am – 2pm (times may vary)

Photograph by Remofiloe Mayisela

Workshop Content:



Body of Work

Critical Theory in Photography

Visual Culture

Visual Literacy

Professional Practice


DSLR/mirrorless/compact cameras with the possibility of manual control  OR SLR film cameras.

Laptop with Photoshop 


4 February to 24 November 2023

Part time classes through the course of a year

Sessions will vary

Classes will be online in the event of another lockdown


R11 500 -  plus a registration fee of R1500 non refundable

Payment Options:

1) Payment in Full

2) 3 Parts 

3) Monthly 

(R 1 500 +  R 1 000 per month x 10 )  

NB. All registration fees to be paid before commencement of course, all outstanding fees to be paid before end of course.

Student work

Remofiloe Mayisela


My experience at TTLC has been a re-awakening experience. Through the guidance of Michelle H and Michelle L, I managed to return to my photography practice. Like anything it was a real challenge to get back into it, I had my doubts and tons of insecurities but spending my year partaking in the Advanced Program helped me shake off those doubts and actually begin to enjoy and understand what I was meant to do from the get-go which is PHOTOGRAPHY! Being able to rediscover me and my photography has been the best part of being a part of this course. And that would not have been possible without the assistance of the dynamic duo MH+ ML.                                                                                      

Remofiloe Mayisela

Hazel Mphande


A year ago I started my Advanced Course at Through The Lens Collective. My initial intention was to challenge myself to see if I could seriously work towards a solid body of work, as I hadn’t photographed seriously in a very long time. I learned a lot about how important it is to surround yourself with other artists.  In class, not only did I get feedback from my mentors, I received incredible feedback from my classmates as well. What stood out for me was that photography is one’s own personal investigation, and we’d often get assignments to challenge and help us with new ways of looking at how we create. I’d encourage anyone studying or thinking of studying at TTL to trust your mentors and do the assessments, as it will benefit you in the long term. Another major takeaway is the importance of being intentional, constantly asking yourself why, and writing a lot. I now own four journals thanks to TTL!!                                                                    Hazel Mphande

Sinethemba Mzinyathi


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2020 end of year advanced exhibition


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