The College of Digital Photography (CODP) has a campus in Saxonwold, Johannesburg and also offers Virtual Courses and Workshops where you can learn online from the comfort of your own home. We specialise in teaching part time and online Photography, Videography, Editing & Art courses, as well as a 6 Month Photography Programme.
CODP also offers a range of photographic outings and workshops. Our mission is to teach and inspire amateur and hobbyist photographers to take great photographs, and help free your imagination! If you’re wanting to get into photography on a professional level, consider enrolling for our intensive 6 Month Photography Programme.
If you are a business and require a customised course to suit your needs or industry, please contact email@example.com or 086 11 74686 (PHOTO) for a quote.
No qualification is required to do any of our courses. All of the part time courses, workshops and outings are designed for the enthusiast and hobbyist photographer.
If you are looking at becoming a professional photographer, we recommend the 6 Month Photography Programme.
No photographic experience is required to do the following courses:
To do any of the advanced photographic courses you need to complete the FUNDAMENTALS OF PHOTOGRAPHY course. If you feel you are proficient in photography and would like to move on to an advanced course without doing the Fundamentals course, please contact us on 086 11 74686 (PHOTO) or firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
If you have a DSLR, Mirrorless or Bridge camera with full manual mode, we recommend you begin with the FUNDAMENTALS OF PHOTOGRAPHY course.
The Fundamentals course is a part time 5 week course designed to teach you all the basic principles of photography. These will help you take full control of your camera and help you make the correct choices to immediately improve your photography. You are required to complete assignments on the course and go on an early Sunday morning outing after Lesson 4.
The Fundamentals course is also offered as a condensed course during the SCHOOL HOLIDAYS. This 5 lesson school holiday course will run over a 1 week period on a daily basis from 9h30-12h30.
It is also offered as an EXPRESS course, which is identical to the normal course, the only difference being that it runs twice a week instead of once a week (meaning it is completed in 3 weeks instead of 5 weeks).
Please click here for further information on the Fundamentals of Digital Photography course
To do the FUNDAMENTALS OF PHOTOGRAPHY or any of the advanced courses, you need a Digital SLR, Mirrorless or Bridge camera with full manual mode, and a sturdy tripod. There are a limited number of digital cameras available for hire. If you are unsure if your camera is suitable or if you would like advice on what to buy, please feel free to contact us on 086 11 74686 (PHOTO) or email@example.com.
To do any of the Editing courses, you are required to bring your own laptop with the required software to class. We provide example images used on the course, so you can practice at home.
The Virtual Courses and Workshops allow you to learn photography, videography and editing online from the comfort of your own home. They are also priced at a lower rate than our contact courses. Before a Virtual Course you need to download the Zoom software and we’ll send you a Meeting ID and Password to join the virtual session with a CODP lecturer. Please follow this Step-by-Step Guide if you get stuck.
If you want to become a Professional Photographer and want to learn as much as possible in the shortest space of time, then consider enroling for our 6 MONTH PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAMME.
This course has been designed to maximise your creative potential and equip you to handle the demands of professional photography. The programme is jam-packed full of the best, most relevant photography information out there, and is taught in a fun and relaxed environment. Our promise to you is that these 6 months will change your life! This programme is offered at our Saxonwold Campus in Johannesburg.
The courses are all part time and run once a week for 1 to 5 weeks, depending on the course. Most of the courses have a high practical ingredient, where you are required to complete assignments in your own time. Some of the courses have a weekend outing, usually on a Sunday – please check those details on the relevant course information pages.
For most of the courses you will receive digital course notes, accessible from any computer, laptop, phone or tablet via the CODP App. Here you can access a digital version of the course manual, upload the course assignments, access the course schedule and much more!
We also offer a number of exciting photographic outings and workshops – please see the individual offerings for exact details.
Yes, we offer a number of Editing courses:
To do any of the Editing courses, you are required to bring your own laptop with the required software to class.
The BASIC PHOTOSHOP – THE ESSENTIALS is for the beginner and will help you understand the work area, and master the different menu options, tools and palettes that are part of the image editing process. This course is designed to give you a good understanding of the most useful tools in Photoshop from a photographer’s perspective. This course requires the Adobe Photoshop CC software.
The PHOTOSHOP – ADVANCED TECHNIQUES CC is an ideal continuation once you have completed the Basic Photoshop course and if you are using Photoshop CC software. You will be shown various advanced techniques that are used on a daily basis by advanced photographers.
Please click here for further information on the Editing courses
If you’re interested in doing multiple part time courses, then why not take advantage of the following Value Discounts – please note that full payment is required to take advantage of the value discount:
- 7.5% discount for 2 courses
- 10% discount for 3 courses
- 12.5% discount for 4 courses or more
These discounts are only applicable to the part time photography, videography or editing courses.
Another option would be to consider on of our Course Packs, where we bundle synergistic courses together for maximum value. These can be customised to suit your needs so please don’t hesitate to contact us on 086 11 74686 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
To enrol for a course you can do so online by going to the course page that you want to enrol for, scrolling to the bottom of the page, and selecting “Book Now” option next to the course date that suits you. Please note that you can add multiple courses to a single order. You are also welcome to contact us on 086 11 74686 (PHOTO) and we can enrol you over the phone, or you can e-mail your details and desired campus, course and start date to email@example.com.
Once you have booked for a course you will receive a confirmation e-mail as well as an invoice with CODP’s banking details as well as a deposit reference. Payment can be made by bank transfer, credit card or cheque.
If you miss a lesson due to unforeseen circumstances, please contact the College on 086 11 74686 (PHOTO) or firstname.lastname@example.org to see whether you can be accommodated on another course.
If a transfer onto another course is not possible, then CODP can try to arrange a catch-up session during weekday working hours, which will be at an additional cost.
The courses are designed for anyone aged 12 years or older. We also offer various school holiday courses which are great for keeping your kids entertained during the holidays!
Of course it is never too late to learn and to explore the wonderful world of photography! We have had students over the age of 80 who were doubtful in the beginning, but now keep coming back for more courses.
You do receive a certificate at the end of the course, but please note that this is a certificate of attendance and completion of the practical assignments. It is not a formal qualification.
In addition to the part time courses, the College of Digital Photography also offers both contact and virtual one-on-one sessions, where you can book time with a CODP lecturer to go through any specific camera, software or photography questions you may have.
Please note that this service is not intended to be utilised to do one of our part time courses on a private basis. It is designed to be used as a supplement to our courses where you may get individual attention based on your specific requirements.
For more information on the one-on-one sessions please click here.
Private courses are offered to businesses, friends or social clubs that can put together a group of 8 people or more. We will gladly present the course either at one of our branches or at a venue of your choice.
You can pay by Internet Transfer, Direct Deposit, Cash or by Credit Card – either by contacting us with your details telephonically or by popping in to the College.
Once you have enrolled for a course you will receive an e-mail with your invoice attached. The invoice contains CODP’s banking details and the deposit reference for bank transfers or direct deposits.
A 50% deposit is required to secure your booking and to reserve a place on any course or workshop. The remaining 50% is payable 7 days before the course or workshop begins. For Gift Vouchers, outings, value discounts and promotions, full payment is required upfront.
The courses are held at our Saxonwold Campus, Johannesburg. Directions and contact details can be found by clicking on Contact Us.
The photography courses are generally held on weekday evenings from 18h00 – 21h00. Some of the courses are held on weekday or Saturday mornings from 9h30 – 12h30. A course will start on a specific day and then runs weekly on this day for 1 to 5 weeks (depending on length of the course).
Please note that course fees are non-refundable unless the College, for whatever reasons, should cancel or postpone a particular course.
If you cannot make a course due to unforeseen circumstances, we will gladly try and accommodate you on a later course, space permitting.
How do I purchase a course as a gift for someone?
If you would like to purchase a course as a gift, we recommend you buy a Gift Voucher. You can purchase a Gift Voucher to any value, or you can buy a Gift Voucher for a specific course.
To purchase a voucher for a specific course, simply go to any course/outing/workshop you would like to purchase a voucher for and click on the “BUY VOUCHER” icon. Follow the checkout process and we will be in contact with you shortly.
You can also specify a monetary amount if you are unsure what course the person would like to do. In this instance please contact us on email@example.com or 086 11 74686 (PHOTO) .
PLEASE NOTE: A Gift Voucher can only be issued once full payment has been received and is valid for one year from date of purchase! Once payment has been received you can either collect the Gift Voucher from the Saxonwold campus, or alternatively it can be e-mailed to you.
Yes, there is secure parking at all of the College of Digital Photography’s venues.