The cutting-edge professional photography courses are written and directed by some of the best working photographers in their field. The aim of the courses is to provide you with the knowledge and skills required for a career as a professional photographer or as a keen hobbyist. Both the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging - CUA50915 and the Certificate courses are up-to-date and comprehensive, covering every aspect of photography.
The Professional Photography Courses are delivered online and consist of 12 modules and 12 assignments. You can study in your own time and at your own pace. 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, and extensions are available if required. During this time you will be educated in all aspects of photography by our experienced authors and tutors; who are some of the top freelance photographers around. Their vast wealth of accumulated knowledge is provided to you, along with the ways to apply this knowledge to the areas of photography that most interest you.
The business of photography is not just about award-winning images. It can also be about the right picture at the right time. Newspapers, magazines, and websites worldwide are constantly on the lookout for new and interesting material. The opportunities are enormous and always growing.
This is a course of very high standards, that is very competitively priced. The course materials are used internationally, and the delivery and format are identical to the Diploma version of the course. The only difference is that the Certificate course is less rigorous and there is no additional impost of Self Directed Study.
Tutors do not have to be Government accredited but have all been handpicked for their industry expertise and ability to impart knowledge to students.
This is a non accredited course in Australia although the course is recognised globally by the following bodies:
- IARC (International Approval and Registration Centre)
- BAC (British Accreditation Council)
- UKRLP (United Kingdom Register of Learning Providers)
- BBB (Better Business Bureau)
You need a great portfolio, not necessarily a degree in photography to become a professional photographer. This is exactly what our Certificate Course focuses on - providing you with the practical skills and technical knowledge to build a professional portfolio and launch a rewarding freelance photography career or an exciting new hobby.
The Photography Institute is owned and operated by Online Education Pty Ltd, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), enabling us to offer you the CUA50915 - Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging.
Below are some of the key components of our Diploma course:
Accredited with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)
ASQA accreditation requires an extensive and thorough process to verify accredited courses are compliant with current government standards.
The Diploma modules and their corresponding assignments meet ASQA criteria, are more in-depth (80% different) and better prepare you for entering the workforce at the end of the course.
All of the Diploma tutors are ASQA approved assessors.
Units are integrated through a 12 module course
The author has covered the knowledge and performance evidence for all of the units required to be covered by ASQA. The units covered in our Diploma course can be viewed here. These units have been integrated into our 12 module course in a unique and interactive way that allows the student a cohesive and enjoyable journey.
All the learning is done online in that when you enrol you receive a username and password, which enables you to log onto our secure student site. From there you can download your first module, which you could liken to your textbook as it contains all the information you will need to complete assignment one. Each module is approximately 100 pages in length and is full of detailed technical information delivered in a friendly, conversational manner that is easy to understand. The concepts are further explained by way of diagrams, images and examples.
Once you have completed your assignment (some are just theoretical, but the majority of assignments combine both theory and fun practical tasks) you then upload it onto our site for your tutor to mark. The tutors will give you a grade (out of 10) and a comprehensive evaluation of your work and ideas and help nurture and improve your skills each step of the way.
What makes The Photography Institute so unique is that throughout our courses you have access to the safety net and guidance of the team here at Student Support, who you can contact 24/7. It is not simply a case of giving you a textbook and off you go - far from it.
You also have direct contact with your personal tutor who guides you closely through each step of the course, offering personalised and specific constructive criticism on your submitted work. If you ever have any questions in relation to your course or assignments, all you need to do is send your tutor a quick message and they will reply with an answer as soon as they can.
With this close tutor mentorship, you will feel like your tutor is in the same room as you, and all this can be achieved from the comfort of your own home. That is the beauty of our courses, you can study when you like and at your own pace.
The tutors who work for us are not just teachers, but the best working professionals in their field. By drawing on their knowledge you will gain an edge that will help you realise your true potential.
We have a Facebook Group that we have exclusively designed for our students. This group contains thousands of our students from across the globe interacting with each other on all topics covered by our courses. It provides a great opportunity for students to meet fellow students from all over the world, ask questions, share knowledge and experience, upload work, give and receive feedback, make new friends and talk everything photography!
On successful completion of either of the Professional Photography Courses, you will have the skills and knowledge required to become a freelance photographer either as a full or part-time career, as a profitable sideline or just as an exciting new hobby.
George Seper is ingenious! I have not studied since 2005 so I wasn't sure how I would fair but he made this course a delight to read, all the while you are learning invaluable information and at times laughing along as you go!
A sample of our students images
Love that I have been able to do the course at my own pace. Has been easy to follow and...
Looking through the lens.
The course is comprehensive with plenty of information. For me on a personal note I find I do not readily...
A great online course
I undertook this course to upgrade my digital photography skills. A great online course, comprehensive and easy to navigate through....
Excellent website to do a photography…
Excellent website to do a photography course! Highly recommend
Fantastic oppertunity to follow my…
Fantastic oppertunity to follow my passion whilst staying home with my kids. Worth the investment. I learnt alot.. it was...
Gemma Elizabeth Cooper
Great course. Great way to learn helpful photography tips and extensive knowledge with supportive tutors.
Informative, challenging yet doable, great responsive and supportive tutors. Highly recommend.
Belinda Anne Bye
My course has been an excellent way to…
My course has been an excellent way to extend my knowledge and technical skills! The teacher has been very helpful...
Great course, engaging and fun, good support
Halfway through the diploma course and it’s been great. Content is engaging, activities and assignments are challenging but fun. Support...
Wonderful and excellent course full of resources and challenges.
Peter Robert Arthur Sims
A very excellent platform
A very excellent platform, the modules make sense and the teachers help too. A must go to if you want to...
Kaylie E Ellison
Absolutely loved this course
I absolutely loved this course it was the best thing I ever did I’m now 5 years on from completing...
Value for money
The course I enrolled in with The Photography Institute meets my needs. The assignments can be completed within the expected...
Excellent and challenging course that…
Excellent and challenging course that pushed me to improve and was very pleased at my professional photography development.
The Photography Institute has been and still is a great place to do my course. I am currently doing a...