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The Photography Institute

701 West Georgia Street, Suite 1500
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1C6

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. All you need for the course is a camera. A digital SLR or mirrorless is best; but not essential.

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 editing software is required?

We 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 190 reviews.

  • Kaelynn Arsenault

  • 29-Nov-2022

i couldn’t be more happy in this…

i couldn’t be more happy in this course. George has been an amazing tutor and even though i have been...

  • Thea L

  • 4-Nov-2022

Photography course with fantastic supporting tutors.

Great advice and feedback on assignments. Quick response time on questions and assignments. Up to date information in the modules.

  • Ike entz

  • 25-Oct-2022

The company is doing well with…

The company is doing well with everything and I love that modules go deep into photography learning and I have...

  • Janette Urquhart

  • 12-Oct-2022

My experience with The Photography…

My experience with The Photography Institute has been amazing! The modules were easy to read and very well explained. Also,...

  • Sarah F

  • 3-Oct-2022

Glad I took this course!

I was very undecided on if I should take this course or not but I am very glad I did....

  • Katharina Guenther

  • 30-Aug-2022

Love the help you give

Love the quick replies I get!! And the help is amazing!! Thankyou so much

  • Philippe Durand

  • 4-Aug-2022

I really enjoy this course!

I really enjoy this course and am learning a ton of incredible information about my camera, history of photography, color...

  • Holly Scott

  • 30-Jul-2022

Frustrates over photos for assignment

I recently tried to finish section C of Module #5. However when I viewed the pictures on my laptop they...

  • william romanelli

  • 1-Jun-2022

George seper is a good professional…

George seper is a good professional photographer that always goes in depth and makes learning easy and fun!

  • George Higgins

  • 8-May-2022

Excellent course

Excellent course. Quick and honest feedback from instructors. Highly recommend.

  • Aaron A Doherty

  • 22-Apr-2022

This has been a wonderful experience

This has been a wonderful experience. The tutors, in my case Steven, are responsive and helpful. The course is well...

  • Kristen Brett

  • 17-Feb-2022

I have learned so much through each…

I have learned so much through each Module. I can see a huge difference in my photos and the critiques...

  • Dane

  • 1-Jan-2022

I’ve learned a lot

I’ve learned a lot, the tutors are great they share a lot of their experience.

  • Harbhajan Dhillon

  • 26-Dec-2021

First they know what to do 2How to…

First they know what to do 2How to do.3How much to do.the methodology is very good..they response very quickly and...

  • Natasha Wagar

  • 16-Dec-2021

I'm enjoying this course so much

I'm enjoying this course so much, I highly recommend