About the Photography Courses

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 interactive assignments. You can study in your own time and at your own pace. 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. 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.

Certificate Course in Professional Photography

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.

Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging - CUA50915

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.

More In-depth
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.

Approved Assessors
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.

How to study online?

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.

Connect with other photography students

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.

From completing this course, I already have been commissioned for a commercial product shoot.

Janette Anderson

Boronia, VIC

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Rated 9.4 out of 10 based on 438 reviews.

  • Matthew Crouch

  • 3 days ago

The information in this course is…

The information in this course is invaluable. I have learned so much already and I can’t wait to complete the...

  • Thomas Walton

  • 4 days ago

I find this course extremely…in-depth and informative

I find this course extremely informative! It has really helped my develop my skills from a complete novice to someone...

  • Kathleen Murphy

  • 9 days ago

Perfect introduction to photographing like a professional

This course is excellent. It is a great introduction to the world of professional photography and the life of a...

  • Andy

  • 10 days ago

Very happy with the course and the…

Very happy with the course and the level of contact and support from my tutor. I've gone from shooting entirely...

  • Mel Slater

  • 14 days ago

I’m really enjoying the course

I’m really enjoying the course. The technical detail is great and I’m really appreciating the constructive feedback.

  • Michelle Galea

  • 16 days ago

Highly recommend!

Great course! Has given me the knowledge and confidence to pursue my photography career! Always a helping hand available! 😊

  • Mrs. Fox

  • 19 days ago

Amazing content and community

I love the community, the interaction and the information is extensive, interesting and although often a bit too in-depth for...

  • Bessie O'Connor

  • 23 days ago

A great course

This course is worth every cent if you are willing to work hard and put the theory from the modules...

  • Marleigh

  • 33 days ago

I think this is a great course and I am…

I think this is a great course and I am learning tons!! The Facebook pages and people on them are...

  • Vicki

  • 34 days ago

The support shown throughout this…

The support shown throughout this course - both from the tutors and other students - has been a stand-out for...

  • Gilbert T

  • 44 days ago

It Is a very good designed course

It Is a very good designed course , was very amazed at how well it takes you through the stages...

  • Chris Mudge

  • 44 days ago

A great course for any photographer

The flexibility, content and structure of this course was perfect for me. If you can't commit to attending a class...

  • Lucy H

  • 45 days ago

A very helpful course with fun…

A very helpful course with fun assignments. My tutor always leaves detailed explanations of the areas I struggled in and...

  • Dean James

  • 45 days ago

Great course content

Great course content, fast positive feedback from tutors, recommend this course to anyone that is self taught, surprising how much...

  • Aaron reynen

  • 49 days ago

Awesome

Been a great, fun and informative course, the tutors responses have been helpful and wonderful