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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.

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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  • 8-Apr-2021

Half way there...

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  • 4-Apr-2021

Amazing Course!

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  • 20-Mar-2021

Great course!

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  • 15-Mar-2021

I am halfway through the diploma course…

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  • 11-Mar-2021

The course is well organized

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  • 24-Feb-2021

Very informative course from all…

Very informative course from all aspects of photography; however, it requires a lot of practice to consolidate the knowledge gained....

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  • 16-Feb-2021

I am having a great experience!

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  • 17-Dec-2020

This photography course covers more…

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  • 16-Dec-2020

This is an awesome program

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  • 6-Dec-2020

Excellent program

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  • 21-Nov-2020

Excellent course

Excellent course, very in depth. Tons of information and easy to get help from tutors. Very pleased.

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  • 6-Nov-2020

PI taught me a lot since I started this…

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  • 30-Sep-2020

This course is extremely informative…

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  • 26-Sep-2020

Loving the course so far!

Loving the course so far! Lots of great content in this course.

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  • 8-Sep-2020

Amazing course

This course is amazing I have learned so much now I can pick my camera up and use the Manual...