2 year full-time qualification:

  • 1st Year: Higher Certificate in Photography (NQF Level 5) – 1-year full time.
  • 2nd Year: Advanced Certificate in Photography (NQF Level 6) – 1-year full time.


The Higher Certificate in Photography will give you the opportunity to apply your creativity and express yourself through your work. Students will be prepared for the exciting world of photography and equipped to work in all facets of the industry, whether for themselves or in the employment of leading businesses, both locally and abroad. Potchefstroom Academy will ensure that you receive an engaging, fun-filled experience and an accredited qualification, which gets you a step closer to achieving your dreams. The Advanced Certificate in Photography allows for further specialisation as a professional advantage.

At Potchefstroom Academy, we believe in providing you with a multi-dimensional learning environment incorporating theoretical and practical knowledge. We provide real situational demonstrations and make use of interactive workshops providing you with the opportunity to experience first-hand what a day in the life of a photographer is all about.

The theory component is interactive with in-depth debates and discussions all supported with informative, relevant and constantly updated cutting-edge course material. The course extends further by giving students training in professional, technical and conceptual skills across multiple photographic genres.

Career Opportunities

Commercial, newspaper and magazine photographers, photo editing and retouching, picture editor, studio photographer, professional photographic assistants, photographic retail representatives or photographic laboratory assistants and managers.


Technical Theory of Photography, Applied Photography, Digital Media, Visual Literacy, Professional Photography, Business Practice, Graphic Design and more.