The Photography Institute Online Learning Experience

Are you passionate about photography? Do you dream of capturing the perfect shot, telling stories through images, or even starting a career in photography? The Photography Institute offers you a unique opportunity to embark on a journey of creative discovery and professional growth, all from the comfort of your own space. Our online photography courses are meticulously designed to provide you with a fantastic learning experience, tailored to your needs and aspirations.

How The Photography Institute Ensures a Fantastic Learning Experience Online

At The Photography Institute, we recognise the power of online education in transforming lives and careers. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our thoughtfully curated online photography courses. Here's how we ensure you have an exceptional learning experience:

Engaging Content: Our courses are rich with captivating content that covers every facet of photography, from mastering technical aspects to unleashing your creative vision.

Expert Guidance: Our team of experienced photography professionals serves as your mentors, providing guidance, feedback, and insights as you progress through the course.

Interactive Assignments: Practical assignments allow you to apply what you've learned and receive constructive feedback, helping you refine your skills and build a professional portfolio.

Flexible Learning: Study at your own pace, fitting your education seamlessly into your life's rhythm. Whether you're a busy professional, a student, or a full-time parent, our courses adapt to your schedule.

Community Support: Join a vibrant community of fellow photography enthusiasts, exchanging ideas, collaborating on projects, and finding inspiration in shared passion.

Whether you're an enthusiast, a creative professional, or an aspiring photographer, The Photography Institute's online courses offer a transformative learning experience. Immerse yourself in the art and science of photography, guided by experienced mentors and supported by a vibrant community of fellow learners. Your passion for photography has found its perfect outlet - explore our courses and embark on a journey of creativity and growth today.

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that embarking on an online learning experience might raise some questions - so we’ve answered the most common inquiries from current and past online photography students to provide you with the clarity you need to make an informed decision.

Online Learning Concerns

Are online photography courses really worth it?

Absolutely. Our online photography courses offer a comprehensive curriculum, expert guidance, and flexibility that can rival traditional in-person education. You gain access to industry insights, practical skills, and a global community of like-minded photographers, all of which are invaluable assets for your photography journey.

What is the best online photography course?

The best course for you depends on your goals, experience level, and personal preferences. Our courses are meticulously designed to provide a comprehensive and flexible learning experience, tailored to your needs.

How long does it take to complete our online course?

The courses are designed to be self-paced. For the Certificate Course, you would expect to be dedicating on average about 4-6 hours per week for 24 weeks. For the Diploma Course, you would expect to dedicate, as per AQF standards, approximately 16 hours per week of structured and non-structured training over an 18 month period. Students studying the Certificate Course are provided up to 12 months to complete their studies. Students studying the Diploma Course are provided up to 18 months to complete their studies.

Is learning self-paced or real-time? Will online learning fit into my busy schedule?

Our courses are entirely self-paced, allowing you to learn when it's most convenient for you. Whether you have a full-time job, family commitments, or other responsibilities, you can tailor your learning schedule to accommodate your life.

How do I stay motivated and engaged in online learning?

Staying motivated in online learning requires setting goals, staying organised, and participating actively in discussions and assignments. The vibrant community and practical nature of our courses also keep you engaged and excited about your progress.

Common Student Questions

How do I communicate with my tutor?

You can contact your tutor at any time through our secure student site, which you will gain access to once you enrol. Your tutor's role is to assess your assignments and provide you with feedback. They are also available to answer any questions you may have about the course.

Do I have to attend any classes?

The courses are completed online. This means there are no classes to attend. You can study in your own time and at your own pace.

When can I start?

As the courses are provided online, you have the flexibility to start when and where suits you. If you enrolled today, for example, you could start straight away.

What if I need more time?

If you need more time, you can purchase one of our affordable extensions. We currently offer 3, 6 and 12 month extensions. Alternatively, you can purchase an Advanced Module, which will come with a 6 month extension.

What are the advantages of the self-paced online class?

Self-paced learning empowers you to set your own rhythm and dive deep into the material without time constraints. You have the flexibility to revisit concepts, engage in hands-on practice, and truly absorb the content at your pace.

Are online learning programs suitable for all age groups?

Absolutely. Photography knows no age limits, and neither does our online education platform. Whether you're a young enthusiast, a mid-career explorer, or a retiree seeking creative fulfilment, our courses cater to learners of all age groups.

Can I interact with instructors and other students in online learning?

Absolutely. Our courses foster interaction and engagement. You can ask questions, participate in discussions, and collaborate with fellow students and instructors, creating a supportive and enriching learning environment. We have a dedicated student Facebook group which allows you to connect with other like-minded photographers where you can discuss your assignments, the course and all things creative.

Are online degrees or certifications recognised by employers?

Yes, online certifications and degrees are increasingly recognised by employers as valid indicators of skills and knowledge. Our certificate course is recognised globally by various bodies, including IARC, BAC, UKRLP, and BBB.

Does the course include the Advanced Modules?

No. When you purchase one of our courses, the Advanced Modules will not be included. Our Advanced Modules are short courses and are optional for those who wish to further their studies. They will be available to purchase for students who are enrolled in one of our courses and have completed the first two modules. They are comprised of one module and one assignment and you are mentored by a specialist in the topic selected.

Can I purchase the Advanced Modules as a stand-alone course?

No. Unfortunately, we do not offer our Advanced Modules to the public. Only students enrolled in our course can purchase them.

Do you mail any course notes or materials out?

No, all course materials are provided digitally. As soon as you join The Photography Institute, you will gain access to our online student site. From there, you can download the course materials as you progress through each module. The modules are provided in PDF format, allowing you to keep them for future reference and print them if desired. We are committed to providing a sustainable and environmentally friendly learning experience.

What equipment or technology do I need for online learning?

All you need for the Certificate course is a camera. A Digital SLR or Mirrorless (CSC) camera is best; but certainly not essential. We also recommend a recent version of Adobe Photoshop. However, you may use other photo editing programs.

To complete the first assignment of the Diploma course, you will require access to the following:
– A 35mm DSLR or Mirrorless (CSC) equivalent that has detachable lenses and can have accessories attached to it.
– Lenses with 50mm focal length, or a zoom lens with 50mm zoom range for your sensor size.
– A computer that is capable of running Adobe Software with a minimum of 16GBs of RAM.
– Adobe Creative Cloud - Photographer’s package or stand-alone Lightroom and Photoshop programs.
– Adobe Spark (Free with Creative Cloud).

To see a list of what is required to complete the entire Diploma course, please click here and view the EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS section.

Our courses are compatible with both PC and MAC computers, tablet and smartphone devices.

Are credit transfers available?

Yes. We offer a credit transfer to any applicant who provides suitable evidence that they have successfully completed a unit of competency at any Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

What qualifications do I need to be a photographer?

No formal qualifications are necessary to start your photography journey. Our courses are designed to cater to beginners as well as those with some prior experience. All you need is a passion for photography and a willingness to learn and grow.

What is an online photography course like?

An online photography course offers a flexible and interactive learning experience. Through a combination of engaging content and practical assignments, you'll learn essential photography skills, receive personalised feedback, and connect with a community of fellow learners, all at your own pace and convenience.

What Payment Options are available?

We provide a range of convenient payment options, both upfront and through instalment plans, to suit your preferences. You can enrol using credit cards or PayPal. We also offer a 7-day money-back guarantee, allowing you to try the course risk-free.

To get started, simply click here to choose your preferred payment method and complete the enrolment process in just a few simple steps.

Kickstarting Your Career in Photography

Can I teach myself photography?

While self-teaching is possible, formal education offers structure, guidance, and access to industry insights that can accelerate your learning curve and help you develop a well-rounded skill set.

How do I become a photographer in India?

Becoming a photographer in India involves building your skills, creating a portfolio, and networking within the industry. Our courses provide a solid foundation for pursuing a photography career in India or anywhere else.

What Our Students Are Saying

Nicole Peters

I decided to complete this course when I decided to turn my hobby into a career.

Studying while also working, I have gained so much skill and knowledge. I can see the difference between my photographs from the start of the course to the images that I am now able to produce.

Your tutor works with you to ensure that you understand each step of the course and helps you when you need more guidance.

I have studied online before and have had a bad experience with my set tutors not helping and really not caring if you fail or not. That made me really wary of applying for this online course. But I am so glad that I took the leap and I was truly surprised by how much your tutors wanted to see you succeed.

I will be forever grateful for their guidance. They are truly passionate about what they do and making sure you reach your goals.

Thank You Team

Nicole Peters

www.nicolepetersphotography.com

Nicole Peters

This course is amazing!

I knew very little about photography when I started the course, but as I worked through the modules, my knowledge and skills grew. This course has pushed me out of my comfort zone, and it was the best thing that could have happened to me.

The flexibility of this course, together with the expertise of the tutors, made the whole learning experience a pleasure. Within the same week of completing this diploma course, I have been up in a helicopter with the doors off for a commercial shoot, and my work is currently being exhibited in a Gallery, which will be on display for one month. This would never have happened if it were not for this course.

I would recommend this course to anyone who is serious about becoming a professional photographer.

Mark Lancaster

@marklancaster_photography

Nicole Peters

My tutor Steven was wonderful and made me understand every assignment.

This is a great course to start your photography career. I absolutely loved it! What a wonderful online photography class! It makes you understand all of the fundamentals of photography!

I couldn't be any happier what the results! Thank you, guys!!!

Autumn Gorzik

@autumnrgphotography

Nicole Peters

I signed up for this, not expecting much. I already had regular work in the industry, I had been shooting fully manual and was happy with my work, but I signed up anyway.

I managed to complete the course in 11 months while working 2 jobs on top of the photography work that was coming in, along with helping with a newborn baby in the house and a 3-year-old.

Now, after completing the course, I can say that I have learned lots. I have much more confidence approaching prospective clients, I have a lot more confidence in my work, and I learned a lot more about my camera and efficient ways to get better results. I am really delighted I did the course, and I am now looking at the advanced modules.

All I can say is if you're hovering over the button, sitting on the fence, wondering if you should sign up or not, do it. It's not something you'll regret.

Darren Stanley

@darren1stanley

I honestly cannot speak highly enough of this course - the modules are in-depth but not over-complicated. It is very easy to follow, and the tasks are well-designed to test your newly acquired knowledge. The mix of written and practical work also gives you the opportunity to take what you have learned and try it first-hand.

Working with Justin has been an absolute pleasure - his depth of knowledge and keen eye has not only allowed me to understand, progress and complete this course, but his feedback is so genuine and thought out. Justin really is a guy who is looking for you to become the best photographer you can be.

If you want to take your photography to the next step or learn some new skills, you are in the right place.

Oli Barton

@olibarts_photography

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