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Certificate in Photography

This course aims to guide beginners to build up a strong foundation and understanding in digital photography; achieving a good eye in photography aesthetics using various subjects, for example, Land/Cityscape, Architecture, Street and Travel. Learners will gain knowledge and skills to produce high quality and professional photographic images through a combination of technical and aesthetic applications. They will also be introduced to basic digital imaging techniques to photo-enhance their digital images. Learners will be guided throughout the entire module and during project execution.

Module 1 – Fundamentals of Digital Photograhy
(8 sessions x 3 hours)

This module introduces the importance of photography composition in relation to camera operations and settings. Learners will be guided to execute these functions effectively to achieve a good photographic image in various situations and lighting conditions. Learners will also be introduced to Adobe Lightroom to manage and enhance their digital photos.

Module Content:
  • An introduction to the basic concepts of photography with a thorough focus on the camera.
  • Use the basics settings and modes on the camera, and tips on how to use them effectively.
  • Master basic composition to take great photographs.
Software: Adobe Photoshop / Lightroom

Module 2 – Design Elements in Photography
(8 sessions x 3 hours)

This module provides an introduction to the methodology of design elements in photography. It will help learners to understand the creative principles required to produce interesting and aesthetically stunning photographs. Skills in photo-enhancement via Adobe Photoshop will also be taught in this module.

Module Content:
  • Develops basic camera operation skills in using manual controls such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, metering, white balance.
  • Develops observation skills in looking at objects, people and places to create compelling photograph.
  • Examines and captures the ways light and colors creates moods and narratives in images.
  • An introduction to photography aesthetics with a thorough various method of seeing.
  • Apply design elements effectively to create beautiful photographs.
Software: Adobe Photoshop

Our Trainers


Arron Teo is a dedicated educator with more than 15 years of teaching experience in art and photography. He is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, imparting his 2D Visual Art & Photography knowledge to tertiary and certificate students. He was invited to conduct an art & photography workshop for MOE teachers at Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts since 2014. Arron’s photographs have been awarded, exhibited and published locally & internationally. His works have been featured in various photobooks & magazines. The Singapore Art Gallery Guide featured his photo-documentary works from 2010 until their final printed copy in late 2016. Arron enjoys photographing people and behind-the-scene events. He was also commissioned by celebrities, government and corporate organisations for portraiture and photo-documentary assignments locally and overseas.

Marvin Tang, born in Singapore in 1989, uses photography, moving image, and object-based installations to visualise social phenomena manifested by systems of power and control. His works often undermine conventional representations of nature and question the linearity of historical narratives. He is currently pursuing research in plantation societies in 1900s Malaya and greening as national infrastructures.

His works have been presented internationally at the Thessaloniki PhotoBiennale, Greece, GETXOPHOTO International Image Festival, Spain, and Nooderlicht International Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands. He is also part of SUPERHERO ME, a ground-up inclusive arts movement based in Singapore.

Course Information

Course Schedule
July 2023 intake
3 July – 29 October 2023
• Every Monday, 7pm – 10pm
• Every Wednesday, 7pm – 10pm
• Every Saturday, 2pm – 5pm

There will be several day and night-time outdoor shoot for each module on weekends (dates to be confirmed). Each outdoor shoot will replace one of the scheduled lessons.

Course Fee

S$950.00 (After NSA Subsidy)

Application Fee

Training Subsidies / Benefit
• SkillsFuture Credit
• National Silver Academy
• NTUC Union Training Assistance Programme

Application Information

July 2023 intake 
Application opens from 8 May to 4 Jun 2023

Customised Programmes

Transform and energise your organisation with us! Whether it is infographics or art therapy, we can work with your budget to create a programme to suit your needs. Email us at [email protected] or call +65 6512 1388.

Information for Learners

CLE Office is located at NAFA Campus 1, Tower Block (Level 9).

We are open from Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays).

Operating hours:
9.30am - 12.30pm; 2.00pm - 5.00pm.

CLE office will be closed in the afternoon of 25 May 2023 (Thur), from 3pm – 5pm for an internal event. During this time, we would not be available to attend to any walk-ins, phone calls or emails.

CLE office will resume operations on 26 May 2023 (Fri), 9.30am.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Available Subsidies:
SkillsFuture Credit
*SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy Credits are not applicable for all courses offered by our Centre
National Silver Academy (NSA)
NTUC Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

For any enquiries or assistance, please contact us:
Email: [email protected]
Hotline: 6512 1388