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The Photography Institute

90, Long Acre
Covent Garden
London WC2E 9RZ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

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International locations

We offer our course in over 20 countries around the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I take longer than 24 weeks?

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?

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

Do I have to attend any classes?

The course is 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.

What equipment do I need?

All you need for your professional photography 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.

When can I start?

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

Excellent

Rated 9.1 out of 10 based on 229 reviews.

  • Antonino Curatola

  • 4 days ago

The most comprehensive

The most comprehensive, friendly and professional online photography course you will ever find! Highly recommend!!

  • Simon Beedie

  • 5 days ago

Informative, motivational and inspiring.

The course is truely excellent. The modules are really informative and also inspiring. Allowing just the right balance of technical...

  • Mr Michael Burns

  • 5 days ago

Challenging But fun course!

Having only picked up a camera and took the odd family shot I began to get curious about photography after...

  • Sandra Shaw

  • 14 days ago

It’s a great course

It’s a great course. Just stick with it and it all makes sense. Helps to build your confidence in photography.

  • Sandra Farrell

  • 14 days ago

Excellent & Inspirational

As a novice, this is the first photography course I have ever done and I have found it so enjoyable....

  • Harrison M

  • 18 days ago

Great course

Great course, flexible no need to go to college great if you want to be self employed.

  • Chris Hooke

  • 32 days ago

A good course for any level of photographer

Very well structured course. Has very experienced Tutors who are always there to help and a large Facebook community where...

  • Robert Keegan

  • 37 days ago

Fantastic Course

I would recommend this course to anyone. This course has not only given me the skills to take better photos...

  • Elif Stewart

  • 38 days ago

Professional & helpful I’ve learnt a…

Professional & helpful I’ve learnt a lot.

  • mavis w

  • 51 days ago

Excellent course

This is an excellent course to help you develop your skills. Lots of useful information and good tasks to practice...

  • Mark Brooks

  • 52 days ago

After two years since graduating with PI

After two years since graduating with the Photographic Institute, my photography has continued to progress and I am now selling...

  • Joanna Kargol

  • 53 days ago

Invaluable advice and amazing people!

This course has taught me so much about photography that I can without any reservations recommend it to anyone -...

  • Emma Sowler

  • 58 days ago

Improved my skills. Would recommend.

Due to ill health, it took my just under 2 years to complete. I paid to have it extended which...

  • Jon Parke

  • 61 days ago

Excellent course.

An excellent course that hit exactly the right spot in enabling me to develop the technical and creative skills to...

  • Robert Keegan

  • 80 days ago

Brilliant Course

I have enjoyed doing this course. It’s a very good mixture of fun and challenging. My tutor has been brilliant...