Our Online Photography Courses

Begin a transformative journey of artistry and innovation with our Professional Photography Courses. Our courses are designed to unleash your potential, providing comprehensive training in photography, from basic techniques to advanced applications.


Certificate Course

  • 12 Modules and Assignments
  • Access to Online Resources
  • 12 Months to Study
  • Certificate of Photography
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Diploma Course

  • 12 Modules and Assignments
  • 18 Months to Study
  • Accredited Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging (CUA50920)
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Optional Add Ons

Advanced Modules

Advanced Modules

  • Specialised Short Courses
  • Specialised Tutors
  • Additional 6-Month Extension
  • Certificate of Completion
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Online Workshops

  • Learn Live with Industry Experts
  • Develop Hands-on Skills
  • Connect with Local and International Students
  • Stay Current with the Latest Photography Information
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We strongly believe in providing the best quality service and learning experience available online. We have partnered with a number of third-party accreditation bodies to give students peace of mind and confidence in studying with us.

Discover the Foundations of Becoming a Professional Photographer

Photography, a powerful medium of expression and communication, offers limitless opportunities for creative exploration and professional growth. Our photography course, accessible online and structured for completion at your own pace within 12-18 months, introduces you to the vast landscape of photography. Engaging with this online photography course will prepare you for a successful career across various photography domains, including editorial, commercial, portrait, and fine art photography.

Explore the Fundamental Principles of Photography

Both courses are designed around core modules that cover essential aspects of photography:

  • Technical Skills: Master camera settings, understand exposure, and learn the intricacies of lighting. In the Diploma, explore advanced lighting, colour management, and post-production techniques.
  • Creative Techniques: Delve into composition, colour theory, and storytelling through your lens.
  • Professional Development: Gain insights into the photography business, from creating a portfolio to understanding client needs and how to creatively interpret briefs.

Learn How to Create Compelling Visual Narratives

Photography is as much about storytelling as it is about technique. This course encourages you to develop your unique photographic style and voice, teaching you to craft compelling visual narratives that captivate and communicate effectively.

Study When It Suits You

The flexibility of our course structure means you can begin your journey into photography at any time that suits you. There are no fixed start dates, allowing you to enroll and start learning immediately or at a time that aligns with your personal and professional commitments. This flexibility ensures that education in photography is accessible to everyone, regardless of their current life situation.

Our photography courses are designed to be self-paced, accommodating your schedule and pace of learning. Students enrolled in the Certificate Course are provided with 12 months to complete the course. Students enrolled in the Diploma Course are provided with 18 months to complete the course. Should you need more time, extensions can be purchased, offering additional flexibility to ensure you can complete your studies without pressure.

The self-paced nature of our courses allows you to engage with the material fully, apply your learning in practical assignments, and even balance your studies with work or personal commitments. With around-the-clock access to course materials and support from our dedicated tutors, you have the freedom to study whenever and wherever suits you best.

Find out more about self-paced learning and how it can fit into your life: Frequently Asked Questions

What Will I Achieve?

Upon completing our Photography courses, you will:

  • Master a wide range of photographic techniques and styles.
  • Develop the skills to start your own photography business or work as a freelancer.
  • Create a diverse and professional portfolio.
  • Become part of a global network of photographers and industry contacts.

Professional Portfolio

At The Photography Institute (RTO Code 45423), we understand the significance of a well-curated portfolio in helping our students land their dream jobs in the industry. Therefore, we prioritise guiding our students through the process of creating portfolios that are not just impressive but also professionally done.

Our course is meticulously designed to equip students with the knowledge, tools, and techniques needed to produce high-quality work that stands out in the field of photography. From conceptualising innovative photography ideas to executing them with precision and attention to detail, our curriculum covers all aspects of photography portfolio creation.

By the end of our photography course, students will have a comprehensive portfolio of works that demonstrates their creativity, technical proficiency, and professional readiness. This portfolio serves as a powerful tool for them to present themselves confidently in job interviews, client meetings, and other professional settings, significantly increasing their chances of securing rewarding employment opportunities in the competitive field of photography.

Let us inspire you with a portfolio below by graduate, Taylor Wood: View Portfolio

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Kickstart Your Photography Career with Personalised & Expert Guidance

Our dedication to your growth extends far beyond offering high-quality education. Through personalised guidance and expert mentorship, our program does more than teach the fundamentals of photography—it sets you on the path to a thriving career in the field.

Each tutor at our institute is not only a seasoned photography professional but also a dedicated mentor, providing tailored feedback on your work. This approach ensures you get the targeted support and insights necessary to refine your abilities and build your confidence as a photographer. Our mentorship adapts to your unique educational journey, offering precise, constructive feedback to facilitate your progress.

Enrolling in our internationally recognised and accredited courses means acquiring a comprehensive skillset and evaluable credentials that significantly enhance your career prospects in photography. Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for success, whatever your career ambitions are.

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Unmatched Online Learning Experiences with The Photography Institute

As part of our dynamic online community, you'll connect with expert tutors and like-minded students, engaging in discussions, sharing ideas, and drawing inspiration from a network of creative minds. This supportive educational environment is designed to inspire, challenge, and empower you on your path to becoming a photographer.

Our Community

As part of your learning journey, you'll gain access to our vibrant online community. Through dedicated Facebook groups, you'll have the opportunity to connect with fellow students and professionals from around the world.

Share your ideas, seek advice, gain inspiration, and even collaborate on projects. This community engagement is an invaluable aspect of your learning experience, providing support, networking opportunities, and a sense of belonging to a global network of aspiring and established photographers.

Read testimonials from our student community or see what our students are up to via our #PIstudent tag.


Certificate Course

What Does the Certificate Course Cover?

Our carefully crafted curriculum encompasses 12 comprehensive modules tailored to enhance your knowledge and proficiency in photography. You will graduate with a professional portfolio and have the skills to thrive as a photographer.

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Diploma Course

What Does the Diploma Course Cover?

The accredited Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging - CUA50920, is a professional qualification. Our carefully crafted curriculum encompasses 12 comprehensive modules tailored to enhance your knowledge and proficiency in photography. This internationally accredited program, aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 5 standards and regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), features a comprehensive curriculum with 12 modules, assignments, and activities, which cover core and elective units of competency. You will graduate with a professional portfolio and have real-world skills to thrive as a photographer.

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Advanced Modules

For students eager to expand their expertise in photography beyond the basic curriculum, our Advanced Modules offer a chance to delve into innovative subjects and current photography trends. Dive into specialised topics like Wedding Photography, Business, Branding, Landscapes & Travel Photography, Sports & Entertainment Photography and beyond.

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Online Workshops

We provide a range of online workshops centered on hands-on, practical experiences in photography, led by industry professionals. These sessions explore cutting-edge design concepts, unpack emerging trends, and equip you with practical tips and tricks directly from experienced working professionals.

Engaging in these workshops not only enriches your educational journey but also equips you with the essential skills and insights needed to thrive in the competitive landscape of photography.

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Start your journey today! We have no set start dates, and with our 7-day money-back guarantee, you can join risk-free! Have questions? Get in touch, and our friendly support team will get back to you.

Photography Blog Posts

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Blog POsts

If you are looking for a course to build your photography skill for hobby or profession, I would strongly recommend The Photography Institute. This course has opened my eyes to a much broader world of photography. Take the plunge!!

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Sydney, NSW

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