Cape Recife Beach by Engle-Marie Louw ©2018

The Photography course begins with the Bachelor of Visual Arts First Year.
Click here for more information about the First Year.

Our Photography visual arts degree course is aimed at candidates who intend to make a career in photography, and has a strong professional orientation. All aspects of professional photography are covered both in practice and theory, with the greater part of the time spent on practical projects, either in our well-equipped studio or on location.

The three year full-time programme leads to the qualification of Bachelor of Visual Arts in Photography, with the 4th year taking the student to the Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours degree. We are also accredited to offer a Masters of Visual Arts degree in Photography.

We have a strong departmental focus on the photographic genres of fashion, advertising, portraiture, documentary, fine art and conceptual, digital illustration, landscape, automotive, industrial, and architecture. At all times creativity is king as we are portfolio driven and aim to equip students to work as practicing photographers and media producers.

The programme also covers aspects of web design, digital imaging, Photoshop, video production, book design and page layout.

Students are required to have their own DSLR camera, but the department is well equipped with equipment, lenses, as well as a wide range of lighting equipment for both studio and location use.

Our main photographic studio is 18 meters long by 9 meters wide, with full infinity curve walls and is the largest studio in the Eastern Cape. It is frequently used by local and visiting professional photographers for photography of cars and workshops, which provides further opportunities for students to see what is required in the “real world” of professional photography.

Many of our graduates have made a name for themselves in the profession, both locally and internationally, for their high levels of creative work.

Highly motivated and creative individuals could follow careers in advertising, fashion, publishing, journalism, feature film/video production and editing as well as digital imaging technologies. Opportunities also exist in public relations, editorial, medical, scientific, commercial, architectural, industrial photography, photo lab management and equipment retailing.

Extremely creative photographers can also follow the fine art photography route of doing gallery exhibitions and book projects.


Photography Graduate, Joubert Loots, Social Documentary Photographer. Video by Darren van Tonder ©2015 


Nelson Mandela University Photography Graduate Alumni Links:

Advertising and Commercial Photographers

Fashion Photographers

Architectural Photographers

Fine Art Photographers

Film Makers

Documentary Photographers

Celebrity Photographers

Professional Photographic Retouchers

360 Degree Photographers

Automotive Photographers

Wedding and Portrait Photographers


Please come and view our exhibitions throughout the year by joining our events and invitation mailing list


Lady Slipper Photography Class Hike by Glenn Meyer ©2017


Contact information
Ms Hermolene Adams
Secretary: Visual Arts Department: BVA First Year
Tel: 27 41 504 3256

Mr Glenn Meyer
Senior Lecturer / Course Coordinator For Photography Programme
Tel: 27 41 5043141