Faculty-Led Photography Program, Cape Town

Travel to South Africa’s city of Cape Town and participate in an academic program that explores the role of photography in the context of social development, and use the power of photography to make a difference in the life of South African youth. Your base in the heart of this vibrant city gives you the ideal platform to explore the role of photography in shaping perceptions of the developing world, and facilitate photovoice workshops with marginalized youth.

Beyond the fascinating galleries and museums, Cape Town offers photography enthusiasts a plethora of landscapes, people and wildlife. Visit the local winelands, national parks and cultural hubs, and let the diverse, spirited city inspire you.

The program can be tailor-made according to the group’s academic focus and desired learning outcomes. You will have access to our resident experts in African development studies for an in-depth approach to the subject matter. This course would be particularly beneficial to students of international development, geo-political studies, anthropology, psychology, photo-journalism, visual arts and Africana studies.

Highlights

  • Take your class global, and work alongside experts in the field of African development
  • Learn how NGO photography can support social initiatives, particularly through facilitating photovoice workshops
  • Experience life in the City of Cape Town, voted Design Capital of the World
  • Discover a diverse culture that embraces the myriad of cultural influences; from colonial to the rebirth of celebrated African heritage

Quick Facts

  • Location Cape Town, South Africa
  • Focus Development Studies
  • Recommended Credits Advised on request
  • Opportunities Case studies

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Destination Description

Cape Town is arguably one the most stunning cities in the world. Framed between oceans and mountains, it’s surrounded by incredible natural beauty, with Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, an absolute highlight. Cape Town is also a place of huge diversity, lively cultures, and a vibrant nightlife. Living here is dynamic and interesting, and weekends will give you a huge variety of exciting activities. You can, for instance, venture to the top of Table Mountain, visit the historic Robben Island, drive to the iconic Cape Point, or hang out on some of the many beaches. If you’re into food and design, you can also choose to visit some of the trendy markets for some culinary treats and locally designed goods. Moreover, once you venture outside of Cape Town, you’ll find gorgeous winelands and stunning National Parks that are well worth a good road trip.

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Learning Outcomes

The program is fully tailor-made and will be adjusted according to your group’s specific academic focus and desired learning outcomes. Overall, the program presents the following opportunities:

  • Expand your Curriculum

Take advantage of Local experts and existing relationships to further develop the scope of your curriculum. Beyond the fascinating galleries and museums, Cape Town offers multiple opportunities to explore a development landscape that is yet to be shaped.

Through a series of seminars, panel discussions and field trips led by experts in the field, you will develop an understanding of how visual media has influenced stereotypes, which inform international perceptions of development issues. For example, a tour of the newly-gentrified district of Woodstock gives insight to the journey of graffiti from a form of protest to a form of art activism that serves as a platform for inspiration and change.

  • From Tacit to Tangible

Guide your students through the use of photography as a medium to turn knowledge into understanding. A cultural bridge provides the platform for social engagement and expands the capacity to recognize and apply theoretical knowledge. For example, the use of photovoice is recognized as a powerful tool for facilitating multi-cultural interactions and exchanging perceptions.

  • Value Adding

Throughout the trip, students will be exposed to multiple cultures, languages, social situations and contradicting viewpoints, which will naturally bolster their soft skills such as communication, intercultural learning ability, collaboration and adaptability.

 

Service Impact

The legacy of apartheid in South Africa continues to affect communities, particularly those regarded as ‘previously disadvantaged’. Despite there being no legislation regulating separate development, historical inequality continues to shape social development in terms of access. This in turn affects cultural perceptions and relations. Your students will have a unique opportunity to intercept this in a constructive and informed manner.

 

  • WEEK 1

    Your first week will give you a full immersion into your location and the subject in context for a strong foundation to catalyze the right mindset for applying your empirical knowledge in practice.

    Group reflections will support the challenging shift in mindset and embrace a new frame of reference.

  • WEEK 2

    In week two, you will implement your existing knowledge in practical situations, giving you the opportunity to invoke deeper understandings of the subject matter, and of cultural norms, which informs it.

  • WEEK 3

    Your final week will be dedicated to refining and presenting your key findings in the form of a report and journal entries to describe intercultural learnings.

Dates:
Available February to November

The Program includes:
• Full facilitation of the program
• Accommodation
• Meals
• All transport on the ground
• Airport transfers
• Pre- and onsite orientation
• Classroom space and lecturers
• Guest lectures
• Site visits and excursions
• Expert guest lectures
• 24/7 emergency support