Foundations of Photography



8 Weeks


Produce unique stories in a variety of different genres as you hone in on your craft.


You see the world in a unique way – and this course will help you to share that vision. Whether you are an absolute beginner with “”an itch to scratch”” or someone who needs to take better photographs for practical purposes, our foundation course will help you gain creative control over that complex light-recording tool – the camera.

Subject Matter Expert

Julian Goldswain has a B.Tech Photography (cum laude) from NMMU. He is an award-winning professional photographer practising in the corporate media space. His social documentary work has been exhibited locally and overseas. Passionate about training, he founded School of Light. Julian won the 2007 Bronze for Documentary, Fuji Professional Award and the 2008 Bronze, Advertising, Sony Profoto Award.

Course and Technical Requirements

In order to get the full benefit from this course, you require the following:

  • Computer/Laptop/Tablet
  • Stable internet connection
  • Firefox/Microsoft Edge/Chrome web browser (latest version)
  • Adobe Acrobat, or similar PDF viewer
  • Microsoft Word/Pages (ability to export documents as PDF files)
  • Email/Cell phone for notifications and communication
  • Ability to scan and upload documents

Learning Approach

Our online short learning programmes are broken into self-paced manageable modules designed to be interactive and engaging:

  • The programme is available to be viewed on smart devices and includes mobile, tablets and personal computers.
  • Relevant case studies, articles and recommended reading are part of supplementary resources available.
  • Apply and evaluate what you have learned in each module with the self-grading quizzes and assignment submissions
  • View a range of Introductory course videos by your Subject Matter Expert.
  • Scheduled live webinars are included with the Online Academic Tutor.
  • Network, collaborate and interact with your fellow participants and Online Academic Tutor via the discussion boards.


Upon successful completion of your course, you will be awarded a CityVarsity Online certificate.

Module Breakdown

Orientation Module

What is Graphic Design?

The Design Process and Conceptual Thinking

Visual Language

Design Principles

Design Elements

Bringing it All Together: Gestalt and Do’s & Don’ts


Learning Support

With the freedom that online education brings, CityVarsity Online students can upskill in their own time, from almost anywhere on earth. Well, anywhere where the internet is accessible, that is. But although our students may roam far and wide, they are never far out of our minds.

Each course is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready and waiting to guide and assist their learners throughout their learning experience. The Online Academic Tutor, who is assigned to your course, is trained to build each student up to reach their fullest potential. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offer advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.

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