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The Photography Institute

4407/4 Daydream Street
Warriewood NSW 2102
RTO Code: 45423

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 can I take to complete my course?

The courses are designed to be self-paced. For the Certificate Course, you would expect to be dedicating on average about 6-8 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.

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 your 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 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 courses are designed to allow for students who have had little or no experience in photography.

What equipment do I need?

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.

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.

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Rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 537 reviews.

  • Alexandra

  • 3 days ago

Well worth it!

I enrolled in this course to better my understanding of both the technical and artistic use of my camera and...

  • Katy Spets

  • 4 days ago

Loving it

This course has been so helpful in helping me learn so many different aspects of photography. I am now much...

  • Murray Ostle

  • 8 days ago

Great learning experience

I have completed 6 modules in this course and I am very happy with the experience. I have found it...

  • Melanie Weatherley

  • 25 days ago

Love it

Love it, learnt so much already 😀

  • Renee

  • 36 days ago

Excellent material and great feedback…

Excellent material and great feedback from tutors. Highly recommend.

  • Anne Verrrent

  • 42 days ago

I have found that this course has been…

I have found that this course has been challenging in all aspects of photography never in my wildest dreams had...

  • Bec Conroy

  • 44 days ago

I love this Course!

I have learnt so much from this course and have found it so helpful in improving my photography already! My...

  • Serina Flaherty

  • 53 days ago

Gteat courses and very helpful people...

I am loving this course but finding the modules a bit overwhelming at times. Though when I have asked for...

  • Courtney Fitzgerald

  • 70 days ago

Best decision

The best decision I made was signing up to the photography course. It has been a great experience and I’ve...

  • Libby Davis

  • 70 days ago

A detailed dive into the theory & practice of digital photography.

The PI course is detailed, challenging & in depth. It will take you to places in your photography that you...

  • Jamie Simmons

  • 73 days ago

Half way through the diploma...

Half way through the diploma of photography and digital imagery and what I have learnt so far has made me...

  • Neil Thorley

  • 77 days ago

The course assignments are challenging…

The course assignments are challenging The tutors give effective and constructive feedback which leads to the student discovering more information...

  • Dominique Touron

  • 78 days ago

Great course and very helpful tutor..

Great course and very helpful tutor... COVID-19 has made it a little difficult due to being in lockdown but I...

  • Glenda Pearson

  • 83 days ago

The quality and detail of the lessons…

The quality and detail of the lessons is excellent. Discussion of various topics is in depth. I have done a...

  • Tony Ahern

  • 85 days ago

I have found both the content of the…

I have found both the content of the course to date (after completing the first six modules) excellent as is...