Full-Time Programme Scholarship

Full-Time Programme Scholarship


Photograph by 2017 Full-Time Photography student, Nicola Barnes.



Our intensive, year long course of study is structured to develop technically refined, creative photographers, who are able to explore and define their goals, situate their work within a broad meaningful context, and establish a solid foundation from which to build their careers.

Students will be taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers, industry specialists and fine artists within a supportive learning environment. The course curriculum is content driven and student-centred, drawing on the participation of both the individual and the group. Coursework will consist of weekly assignments, group critiques, class discussions, practical exercises, tutorials and individual mentoring sessions. Students are encouraged to be experimental with their project assignments, rigorous in their research and exploration, and professional in their conduct.

At the end of their studies, students will leave with Practical and Creative Portfolios, a personalised website, documentary short, extensive experience in showcasing work on an exhibition and a business vision. Past students who have successfully completed their studies at Orms Cape Town School of Photography have pursued careers in advertising, publishing, fine art, and as freelance photographers.

The scholarship includes all course fees but excludes printing and exhibition work. The scholarship students will receive a 40% discount at Orms Print. There is also an opportunity for students to do part-time work at the school to offset the printing cost. (In general, one hours work is enough to cover a months’ worth of printing necessary for the course). Financial support for personal living costs are not included in the scholarship. Limited scholarships available per year.



Starting 21 January – 6 December 2019 09h00 – 17h00
Students will need to be present at orientation on Friday, 18 January 2019, 09h00-11h30.
5 sessions per week, 3 hours per session, Monday- Friday.


For January 2019 intake
The application deadline for written applications or nomination is 30 December 2018. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

  • – Orms Cape Town School of Photography are looking for photographers who want to develop their interest and skills in photography and should not be afraid to explore.
  • – You must have passed matric with higher certificate clearance. Exceptions will be made for students older than 23 years of age with work experience.
  • – Preference will be given to those from a previous disadvantage background
  • – You must reside in Cape Town or surrounds

Kindly note that there is a limited number of scholarships available per year.

Only applications with all requested documentation will be considered. The applicant will be notified if his/her/their application has qualified for the next stage of the process wherein a telephonic or face-to-face interview will be arranged. Successful applicants will be notified via email.

Applying is free and takes 5 minutes to complete!

Please make sure that you have the following documents ready for a speedy submission:

  • Digital copy of your ID or passport
  • Digital copy of your latest academic transcript
  • Zipped folder of your portfolio as per the portfolio requirements
  • A letter of motivation (250 – 500 words) explaining why you would like to study photography.


For applicants currently at school:

If you are currently at school, you must include all of your latest results with your application. These include final grade 11 results, which  must be submitted online

For applicants currently at another tertiary institution:

If you are currently studying at another institution, you must include your latest transcript with your application. Do this by uploading the transcript when applying online (or include a certified paper copy of your transcript, should you be applying on paper). Ensure that you include a sworn translation of your transcript where it is not in English. If you fail to disclose that you are studying at another institution,  your application will be canceled.

Please note:

  • Only applications with all requested documentation will be considered.
  • Should you experience any problems with uploading your applications, please get in touch with Heather at heather@ormsctsp.co.za or give us a call at +27 (21) 465-215
  • Visa requirements are to your own accord and are recommended to be settled well before the commencement of this programme.

Don’t be afraid of the portfolio! As part of your application, we would like to get to know you better. The portfolio is not to see if you are a competent photographer already but to understand you better. The portfolio can be completed with a DSLR or even on your smartphone camera. Please read through the below carefully. If you have any question, please email heather@ormsctsp.co.za

For your portfolio, you will need to:

  1. Take three photographs on the topic: The Self Portrait
  2. Take three photographs on the topic: People
  3. Take three photographs on the topic: Places
  4. Take three photographs on the topic: Objects
  5. Write a letter of motivation (250 – 500 words) explaining why you would like to study photography.


Self-Portrait (Number images: Self-portraits 1-3)

Take three very different self-portraits. Consider the whole frame of each picture before shooting and be sure to only include that which is related to the idea you would like to explore.

Please note:

– Selfies are not permissible
– Clearly caption the digital file with your name, surname and the title of this project: The Self Portrait
People (Number images People: 1-3)

Photograph three different people. You can direct them carefully, to make planned and deliberate photographs, or photograph them as they work, play, relax etc. The person should be aware that you are photographing them, and it would be good if they know what you are trying to accomplish with the photographs. Your images should introduce the viewer to the person you are photographing and attempt to reveal something of their character or situation.

Places (Number images Places: 1-3)

Photograph three different places. These places might be indoors or out in the open. It may be a home or part of the city, or it may be a natural space such as a beach or forest. It can even be a commercial space such as a factory or market. Your images should give the viewer an impression of what it feels like to be in that place.

Objects (Number images Objects: 1-3)

Photograph three different objects. These objects should be small enough to fit in a shoe-box. Characteristics that may make your objects interesting to photograph might include their shape, colour, texture, reflection and the purpose or function of the object. Try to make photographs that show the object in a surprising or unexpected way.

Please note:

  • – Visa requirements are to 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.
Submit your portfolio via Wetransfer to bryce@ormsctsp.co.za



Surname / Last Name *

Full Name(s) *


Date of Birth *

Residential Address *

Postal Address*

Citizenship *

Ethnicity *

Home Language

ID Number (For South African citizens)

Country of origin (For non-South African citizens)

Passport Number (For non-South African citizens)

Study permit number (For non-South African citizens)

Mobile Number *

Your Email *

SECTION B | PARENT/GUARDIAN DETAILS (for applicants younger than 18 years old.) *

Not Applicable, I am above the age of 18.

First Name



ID Number

Relation to applicant

Postal Address

Mobile Number

Guardian Email

Please complete this section if you are currently in a secondary school based in South Africa

School Name

School Address

Copy of your latest academic transcript:

Please complete this section if you have already left school. Supply only details of secondary education institutions located in South Africa. Please attach certified copies of your certificates.

Last education institution attended


Postal / zip code

Tertiary education list of activities
Please fill in this section if you are registered with, or have previously been registered with a tertiary education institution. Please include original transcripts or certified copies of your certificates / results.

Tertiary Institution

Qualification for which registered

Qualification completed

Year of Registration

Attach copy of certificate

More tertiary education history you'd like to share

Attach certified copy of the applicant's ID document

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