Singapore University of Social Sciences

Digital Photography as an Art Form (CET118)

Applications Open: 06 January 2019

Applications Close: 09 March 2019

Next Available Intake: 23 March 2019

Course Types: Short Course, SkillsFuture Series

Language: English

Duration: 2 days

Fees: $1400

Area of Interest: Digital Media

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: SkillsFuture

Level: Basic
Duration: 2 days
Venue: Singapore University of Social Sciences

Learn pro techniques. Get the pro look. Digital Photography as an Art Form is designed for starting hobbyist photographers who would like to take their photography skills to the next level. If you are looking to improve your photography skills using the capabilities of a DSLR/mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, improve your compositional skills and learn how to use digital imaging software to edit and enhance images, this course zooms right in. This course covers the theoretical aspects of digital photography so that the students understand the scientific aspects of digital photography. You need to bring along your own camera – mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (MILC) or DSLR – to gain hands-on experience on how to use the camera. Students will also learn how to apply basic image editing skills.


A. Knowledge and Understanding (Theory Component)

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Define the terminologies and demonstrate the use of the variables in digital photography
  • Explain design elements and techniques in photography

B. Key Skills (Practical Component)

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the technical and aesthetic qualities of successful photographs and appraise them
  • Operate the different exposure modes effectively
  • Apply design elements and techniques in photographing different subjects
  • Demonstrate proper digital processing techniques


  • Fundamentals of Photography
  • Digital Workflow · Understanding the Subject
  • Variables for Exposure
  • Exposure Modes
  • Correlation between the Variables for Exposure
  • Rules of Composition
  • Analysis of Photographs
  • Flash Photography
  • Essential Camera Settings
  • Design Elements
  • Techniques in Photography
  • Use of Basic Editing software for post-processing

Day 1
09:00 Course Overview

Digital Workflow and Fundamentals of Photography

10:30 Morning Tea Break
10:45Understanding the Subject, Variables for Exposure, Exposure Modes, Correlation between the Variables for Exposure,
12:00 Lunch
13:30Rules of Composition, Analysis of Photographs, Flash Photography
15:30 Afternoon Tea Break
15:45 Essential Camera Settings, Hands on with the camera
17:15 Summary and Conclusion
Day 2
09:00Design Elements
10:30Morning Tea Break
10:45 Techniques in Photography
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Photography Practical Projects
15:00Afternoon Tea Break
15:15 Use of Basic Editing software for post processing
17:1520 Multiple Choice Question Theory Quiz
17:30 Summary and Conclusion


  • Written Quiz
  • Presentation


  • You should have an understanding of basic photography
  • You will need to bring along your own camera – a mirrorless interchangeable‐lens camera (MILC) or DSLR, and a laptop that has at least a trial version of ACDSee Pro series software.

About the Trainer

Steven Yee is a celebrated Professional Travel photographer and a full time photography lecturer. He is an Associate Faculty Lecturer at Singapore University of Social Sciences lecturing in two core compulsory photography modules in the Multimedia and Technology Design Degree program. He is also one of the youngest to be conferred the Fellowship of the prestigious Royal Photographic Society UK in 2003 at age 24. As founder of PhotoVivo, he runs twelve international photography competitions a year and organises overseas photography trips monthly. As President of the Association of Photographic Artists Singapore, he is instrumental in bringing the photographic works of Singapore photographers to exhibitions in Asia. In 2016, he was engaged by the ArtScience Museum to conduct a series of portraiture photography workshops in conjunction with Annie Leibovitz’s exhibition in Singapore. His pictures have been published in Discovery Magazine, Silkwind inflight magazines and others. As a former photojournalist, he covered an award‐nominated environmental documentary story “Delhi The Dump” with Mediacorp Channel News Asia in 2006. Some of his works form part of the permanent collection in the contemporary section at the International Photography Museum (MIF) in Spain.

Application Procedures

Please submit the following documents to Y2V0QHN1c3MuZWR1LnNn:

  1. Coloured copy (back and front) of NRIC for Singaporeans and PRs, or "Employment"/"S" Pass for foreign applicant
  2. Recent payslip or income statement (For WTS scheme only)
  3. Application form

Course Fee

International ParticipantsS'poreans (aged below 40) and PRsSkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy1
(S'poreans aged 40 and above)
Workfare Training Support2
(S'poreans aged 35 and above, and earn ≤ $2,000 per month)
Enhanced Training Support for SMEs3
Full Course fee (A)$1400$1400$1400$1400$1400
SSG grant (70%) (B)-($980)($980)($980)($980)
Nett course fee (A) - (B) = (C)$1400$420$420$420$420
7% GST on nett course fee (D)$98$29.40$29.40$29.40$29.40
Total nett course fee payable, including GST (C) + (D) = (E)$1498$449.40$449.40$449.40$449.40
Less additional funding if eligible under various schemes (F)--($280)($350)($280)
Total nett course fee payable, including GST, after additional funding from the various funding schemes (E) - (F) = (G)$1498$449.40$169.40$99.40$169.40

1 Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy: Singaporeans aged 40 and above may enjoy subsidies up to 90% of the course fees.
2 Workfare Training Support: Singaporeans aged 35 and above (13 years and above for Persons with Disabilities) and earning not more than $2,000 per month may enjoy subsidies up to 95% of the course fees.
3 Enhanced Training Support for SMEs: SME-sponsored employees (Singaporean Citizens and PRs) aged 21 and above may enjoy subsidies up to 90% of the course fees.

  • Participants are required to achieve at least 75% attendance and/or sit and pass any prescribed examinations/assessments or submit any course/project work (if any) under the course requirement.
  • The course fees are reviewed annually and may be revised. The University reserves the right to adjust the course fees without prior notice. Singapore University of Social Sciences reserves the right to amend and/or revise the above schedule without prior notice.

For clarification, please contact the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) via the following:

Telephone: +65 6248 0263
Email: Q0VUQHN1c3MuZWR1LnNn
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