3-Month Programme

3-Month Programme




Study and play in one of the world’s most beautiful places. This theoretical and practical course in film and digital photography has been designed for a visitor to complete within the duration of a 3-month holiday visa.

The programme focuses on technical digital photography skills and wet darkroom photography skills, in conjunction with the necessary image management, post-production and image output workflows.

The course runs for four 3-hour sessions weekly either in the morning or the afternoon. The remainder of the time is either dedicated to working on course projects or to explore Cape Town and its surroundings on your own. At the end of this course, you will be required to submit work for exhibition purposes for the end-of-term show. You will receive a 25% discount on Photobooks and printing, and 20% on framing of your coursework at Orms.


Course Features

  • Gain sound technical skills in both Digital and Film / 35 mm photography within the 3-month holiday visa restrictions
  • Receive quality training – delivered in a sophisticated, creative environment with ample technical support
  • Develop photos in our wet darkroom
  • Exhibit your work
  • Learn to produce, curate and maintain your own blog and Instagram account
  • Qualify to sit in on any other short courses free of charge
  • Experience the culture of an exciting, multi-cultural country with the most progressive and modern constitution in the world
  • Meet and forge connections with South African photography students
  • Enjoy the beautifully hip city of Cape Town

Course Modules

– Apply theoretical and practical knowledge needed to take better digital photographs with a Digital SLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera.
– Develop a good understanding of how light behaves and learn how to use it in a way that best suits your photographs.
– Learn how to use speedlight-units, bounce flash and create amazing photographs impossible without flash.
– Create and capture your foodie vision in lighting & framing with food photography and food blogging.
– Learn how to make a product appealing in a photographic image through creative play, and photographic skill.
– Create a portfolio of work for exhibition purposes.

– Learn how to shoot and work with 35mm Black & White film.
– Learn how to process film, make contact sheets, problem-solve particular areas in your photographs and print your own pictures.
– Discover the photogram, create your own transparency negatives and dabble with the montage.
– Experience photography as a process subject to the human hand, and develop an understanding of light, time and the very necessary kindling of your creative intuition in relation to the materials you work with in the dark room.

– Learn Adobe Lightroom© and Adobe Photoshop©.
– Manage and keyword your image collections.
– Digitally edit your photographs.
– Learn essential workflow basics to process your RAW files.
– Optimise exposure, correct colour casts, create borders and  double exposures, watermark your work, resize your photographs for various printing formats, work in layers and produce images with the best possible quality.
– Expertly retouch photographs, mask with accuracy and create image composites.
– Work with image overlays, produce multi-layered images seamlessly and learn to use a Wacom Tablet.


Course Details

  • 01 April to 21 June 2019

4 sessions per week, 3 hours per session from 09:00 – 12:00.

Applications close:

24 March 2019

Note: We will accept late entries but it is advisable to allow at least six weeks for a holiday visa to be issued.

April 2019 intake: R 40 000

Please note that Orms Cape Town School of Photography has gear available for students to loan but it is advisable to have your own DSLR. You will also qualify for a discount from Orms rental should you wish to rent non-standard gear.

  • – DSLR camera with one or more lenses. The standard zoom(s) are OK to begin with, but you’ll probably want to upgrade them at some point. More advice on this will depend on what type of photography you want to pursue in the long run. UV filters are recommended to protect your lenses.
  • – A 35mm film camera.
  • – Spare battery for your camera, original or generic.
  • – Laptop or standalone PC or Mac. We have a fully equipped Mac Lab with 24″ and 27″ iMacs that you will be taught on. You can also make use of them during your free time providing the school is open, and there is no other class in there. Photoshop and Lightroom are installed at the school, but you would need to get your own licenses for use on your personal machine. The latest version is Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC – they come bundled as a subscription @ U$ 9,99 per month. Word or a compatible program are also recommended. An external hard drive for backing up your photos is HIGHLY recommended.
  • – A tripod is essential and it is a good idea to get one that is in line with the size and weight of your camera & lenses. A cable remote (can be a generic brand, but must suit your camera) is a very good idea.
  • – Two or more memory cards 16GB or larger.
  • – An external flash (“Speedlight”) that works with your specific camera.
  • – A decent camera bag big enough to allow your gear to grow a bit.
  • – There are lots of small nice-to-have goodies that can be sorted out later, and are often good to chat about in person.
  • – Basic stationary i.e. notepad/book, pens, highlighter etc.



The online application form takes 5 minutes to complete. Before clicking below. Please make sure that you have the following documents ready:

  • – Digital copy of your ID or passport  (max size 2MB)

Please note:

  • – Visa requirements are of your own accord and are recommended to be settled well before the commencement of this programme.
  • – Only applicants who submit all the required information will be considered.


Applications are free!

Only applications with all requested documentation will be considered. The applicant will be notified should he/she be accepted into the course, upon which a booking fee of R5000 will be requested to secure the space. This fee is non-refundable but forms part of the total course fee. The Orms Cape Town School of Photography reserves the right to close applications and registrations once all places have been filled.