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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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International locations

We offer our course in over 30 countries around the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I take longer than 24 weeks?

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?

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

Do I have to attend any classes?

The course is 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.

What equipment do I need?

All you need for your professional photography 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.

When can I start?

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

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Rated 4.6 out of 5 based on 129 reviews.

  • Téa Leblanc

  • 39 days ago

I’ve learned a lot from this course and…

I’ve learned a lot from this course and it’s great how it can be completed on our own time.

  • Brooke K

  • 44 days ago

I have loved my experience so far....

I have loved my experience so far with the Photography Institute. I am learning endless amounts of information, and I...

  • Carlos Pereira

  • 60 days ago

Very educational and inspiring course.

Since my spark of interest for photography, I have wanted to enrol in an educational program that would help me...

  • Carrie B

  • Sunday 16 February 2020 at 17:57

Very informative course

As a beginner photographer this course has been very informative and my tutor has been incredibly helpful. Enjoying the course...

  • Devon Warren

  • Sunday 16 February 2020 at 14:03

The PI diploma program is a MUST for any photographer!

This program is truly amazing! It teaches you the technical side as well as the artistic side of photography. The...

  • Ferenc Elo

  • Friday 31 January 2020 at 01:51

This is a good course

This is a good course. I am happy that I did it. My tutor was honest about my mistakes and...

  • Carol Larochelle

  • Thursday 30 January 2020 at 00:06

The photography Institute diploma…

The photography Institute diploma course has been worth every cent it cost. I have had a great experience with them....

  • ERMA NARDON

  • Sunday 05 January 2020 at 02:00

I have learned a lot things with this…

I have learned a lot things with this course, photography is no just simple as to click that button and...

  • Jenny

  • Thursday 12 December 2019 at 12:34

A thorough class giving an all around…

A thorough class giving an all around knowledge of the different aspects of photography.

  • Susan Cote

  • Monday 09 December 2019 at 03:16

Highly recommend!

Flexible payments, online convenience, self-paced, and tutors that are easy to communicate with. I have had nothing but an amazing...

  • Bobbie Dhar

  • Monday 25 November 2019 at 06:13

This is an amazing course

This is an amazing course! The information is timeless and valuable, the teachers are prompt with returning assignments and are...

  • Kevin W

  • Wednesday 02 October 2019 at 11:28

Fantastic Photography Course

This is a fantastic course. I've been playing with cameras for about 33 years, thanks to The Photography Institute I'm...

  • Angela Macneil

  • Tuesday 01 October 2019 at 13:32

Highly recommend!

Highly recommend! I really enjoyed taking this program. When I first started, I had just purchased my brand new DSLR...

  • Spencer

  • Tuesday 01 October 2019 at 00:06

This course was a great foundation for…

This course was a great foundation for photography. It helped me as a student figure out what aspects of photography...

  • Jennifer Vanderplas

  • Sunday 29 September 2019 at 04:15

Great course, excellent community

If you are interested in learning about photography, actual photography and not only the new digital age of composites that...