Through The Lens Collective

Advanced Course

part time


The year- long, part time, Advanced Photography Course is aimed at individuals who are already technically proficient and would like to create a focused body of work around a particular theme or concept. The course teaches concept and narrative development, and explores a critical approach to image making in our local context. During the year you will be guided and mentored, while being exposed to a variety of research processes involved in the building of a contemporary visual narrative, you will also reflect upon the use of photographic technique to create or express meaning.

The course includes modules on Portraiture and Landscape Photography, developing critical approaches toward the expression of context and meaning. Our focus is both on historical and contemporary development of these genres, as well as establishing technical and conceptual proficiency in these particular modes of photography.
The course also consists of a Community Project as a requirement. Here you will be expected to apply critical knowledge of the history of the photographic medium on our continent, to actively
engage and collaborate with community/ communities in a photographic story/ project.

The theoretical component of the course includes modules on Critical Photographic Theory, Visual Culture and Literacy as well as Professional Practice. The course outcome would be an exhibition at
Through the Lens Collective, or an exhibition publication.

Photograph by Tshepo Moloi

Workshop Content:



Body of Work

Community Project

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 (not essential).


February to October 2020

Exhibition/Publication November 2020

Part time classes through the course of a year.

Sessions will vary

Cost: R9800

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