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The Photography Institute

Level 2, 161 Manukau Road
Epsom, Auckland

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 do I have to complete the course?

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?

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

Do I have to attend any classes?

No. 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 course is designed to allow for students who have had little or no experience in photography.

When can I start?

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

What equipment do I need?

Our course is compatible with both PC and Mac devices, and there are no specific software requirements.

What if I need more time?

If you need more time, you can purchase one of our affordable extensions. We currently offer 3, 6 and 12 month extensions. Alternatively, you can purchase an Advanced Module, which will come with a 6 month extension.

Will I be able to chat with other students?

Yes. We have a dedicated student Facebook group. This group allows you to connect with other like-minded photographers where you can discuss your assignments, the course and all things creative.

Does the course include the Advanced Modules?

No. When you purchase our course, the Advanced Modules will not be included. Our Advanced Modules are short courses and are optional for those who wish to further their studies. They will be available to purchase for students who are enrolled in our course and have completed the first two modules. They are comprised of one module and one assignment and you are mentored by a specialist in the topic selected.

Can I purchase the Advanced Modules as a stand-alone course?

No. Unfortunately, we do not offer our Advanced Modules to the public. Only students enrolled in our course can purchase them.

Do you mail any course notes or materials out?

Our courses are delivered online and all information is provided digitally. As soon as you enrol, you will gain access to our online student site. You can download the course materials as you proceed through each module. As the modules are provided in PDF format you can keep them for future reference and print if you wish. The only time we mail something out is when you successfully graduate our course.

What device is required?

All you need for the 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.

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Rated 4.6 out of 5 based on 163 reviews.

  • S Greig

  • 1 day ago

Have really enjoyed this course

Have really enjoyed this course. I have learnt so much already. The modules are written very clearly, are easy read....

  • Paul Brookbanks

  • 8 days ago

Course to date

I have found the course progressively more challenging but also learning things I hadn’t previously thought were important. Justin has...

  • Jen Alley

  • 66 days ago

Professional and enjoyable course with…

Professional and enjoyable course with responsive tutors. Highly recommend.

  • Karen Neilson

  • Tuesday 25 August 2020 at 04:20

Great Course!

Really enjoying the course so far. Learning lots and am excited to finish!

  • @_twhyy

  • Saturday 22 August 2020 at 08:08

Amazing Course

Love this course, I learnt so much from the modules and the tutors are super helpful and knowledgeable

  • Chris Smiley

  • Friday 14 August 2020 at 09:24

Supportive ,helpful comments from the…

Supportive ,helpful comments from the tutor

  • David Robinson

  • Thursday 13 August 2020 at 04:30

Thoughtful Assignments

The course has been excellent so far. The assignments in particular are well designed to reinforce the modules and make...

  • Tegan

  • Monday 13 July 2020 at 22:33

I've found this course great

I've found this course great so far - it teaches you so much and I love that I'm able to...

  • Russell Ryder

  • Sunday 05 July 2020 at 22:09

Worth every cent

I thought I knew a lot already before starting this course. I have since found out I was wrong. These...

  • Kathryn

  • Wednesday 17 June 2020 at 09:43

The Best Photography Diploma

I’m thoroughly enjoying the diploma with the photography institute! Would recommend to anyone with a passion or interest in photography...

  • Charlotte Kelly

  • Thursday 11 June 2020 at 03:01

Great course

I really love how this course is very flexible when it comes to how long you can take do to...

  • Nicola Cowan

  • Sunday 17 May 2020 at 03:22

Great course

Really interesting, learning a lot and enjoying the challenge

  • David Tutty

  • Thursday 23 April 2020 at 23:04

An Excellent Course

An excellent course. When I started this course I knew nothing about digital photography and now I am able to...

  • Thomas Hamill

  • Tuesday 14 April 2020 at 02:28

Excellent Course!

This is a really in depth course that takes you through the mechanics and technical aspects of photography. The course...

  • Jophiel Roskam

  • Tuesday 07 April 2020 at 22:18

You will not regret it

My experience with the The Photography Institute was marvelous. The structure of the course was very informative and the tutors...