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The Photography Institute

South Quay Building
189 Marsh Wall, 1st Floor
Canary Wharf
London E14 9SH

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For answers to our most commonly asked questions, read our FAQs.

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We offer our course in over 30 countries around the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long do I have to complete the course?

The course is designed to be self-paced. Normally, you would expect to be dedicating on average about 4-6 hours per week for 24 weeks. However, many students take up to one year to complete their studies because of family or work commitments.

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?

No. 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.

Do I have to have a background in photography?

No. The course is designed to allow for students who have had little or no experience in photography.

When can I start?

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

What equipment do I need?

Our course is compatible with both PC and Mac devices, and there are no specific software requirements.

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.

Will I be able to chat with other students?

Yes. We have a dedicated student Facebook group. This group allows you to connect with other like-minded photographers where you can discuss your assignments, the course and all things creative.

Does the course include the Advanced Modules?

No. When you purchase our course, 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 our course 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?

Our courses are delivered online and all information is provided digitally. As soon as you enrol, you will gain access to our online student site. You can download the course materials as you proceed through each module. As the modules are provided in PDF format you can keep them for future reference and print if you wish. The only time we mail something out is when you successfully graduate our course.

What device is required?

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

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Rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 347 reviews.

  • Jonathan Prosser

  • 2 days ago

Yes I am finding the course enjoyable…

Yes I am finding the course enjoyable and I am practising some new ways to be creative as well as...

  • Tom Morris

  • 17 days ago

This is a fantastic course and I highly…

This is a fantastic course and I highly recommend it to anyone, complete beginners all the way to experienced photographers......

  • Mrs E

  • 24 days ago

An excellent course

I am really enjoying the course and learning so much. The feedback on the assignments is very useful. The content...

  • Nigel Doherty

  • 32 days ago

Essential structured learning.

I signed up for this course with some prior knowledge, but plenty of knowledge gaps, which I wanted to fill....

  • Patrick Canny

  • 43 days ago

I'm on Module 4 now

I'm on Module 4 now, really enjoying the course, I can see improvements in my pics allready. I think differently,...

  • David Harrison

  • 58 days ago

Excellent Course, happy to recommend

I've thoroughly enjoyed the course so far. The course content strikes a good balance between technical improvement and creative challenges....

  • Jemima J

  • Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 07:56

Go for it

I am halfway through The Photography Institute diploma course and am so pleased I decided to do it. Already I...

  • Ingrid

  • Sunday 11 October 2020 at 12:21

Great course!

If you are looking for a great quality and thorough course to do online, this is it. I've leaned a...

  • Lea

  • Tuesday 01 September 2020 at 04:30

Brilliant Diploma Course

The Diploma course is excellent. Brilliant interesting course content. Excellent feedback and prompt reply from the Tutor. I would well...

  • Fergus Quinn

  • Tuesday 25 August 2020 at 12:37

Thoroughly recommend the Diploma course

Thoroughly recommend the Diploma course

  • Ian Parker-Moore

  • Monday 24 August 2020 at 11:04

Diploma in Professional Photography

Hi I have been on a few courses but with my years in photography ive felt that i have not...

  • Marie Elizabeth Donaghy

  • Thursday 06 August 2020 at 19:01

The content process and expectations of…

The content process and expectations of the course where clear from the outset. Each module was detailed in it's content...

  • Miss Brooks

  • Friday 10 July 2020 at 06:28

A comprehensive course that covers…

A comprehensive course that covers everything a professional photographer should know.

  • Laura Evans

  • Wednesday 01 July 2020 at 15:42

This course is amazing

This course is amazing, would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an online photography course, the tutors are so helpful...

  • Usman Ahmed

  • Monday 29 June 2020 at 22:02

Highly recommended

If you wish to study photography in your own time and space, with high quality teaching material, and an expert...