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The Photography Institute

Design Quarter
Leslie Road, Fourways
Johannesburg, 2191

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 4.8 out of 5 based on 314 reviews.

  • Melodie Job

  • 25 Oct 2021

I thoroughly enjoy this course

I thoroughly enjoy this course. I have learned so much from my Tutor Gary Willis. He is excellent in guiding...

  • Kean Chris Swanepoel

  • 16 Sep 2021

I love studying at The Photography…

I love studying at The Photography Institute..! The coarse is great and very recourcefull. It teaches you as Photographer either...

  • Christopher Erwee

  • 09 Sep 2021

This is a fantastic course which has…

This is a fantastic course which has aready taught me me more than I thought I would learn and im...

  • Theresa Moore

  • 25 Aug 2021

Thank You

There are so many things that I never thought about as a start up photographer that I am so great...

  • LAURETTE VAN ZIJL

  • 17 Aug 2021

A wonderful photographic learning curve

I find the Photographic Institute basic course extremely informative. It is a demanding course but I am loving every minute...

  • Aaron Human

  • 10 Aug 2021

Excellent service and tutoring.i have valued and enjoyed the excellent guidance that i have received from lecturers.They are top notch.

I have studied through other colleges and comparing this institute i can state that i have received excellent guidance and...

  • Jonathan Campbell

  • 06 Aug 2021

Amazing course!

I have learnt so much from The Photography Institute. They cater for both professionals and for those who wish to...

  • Shantha

  • 04 Aug 2021

Outstanding course!

Outstanding course!

  • Kayla Leigh Shepherd

  • 20 Jul 2021

Very Helpful and Informative

The course provides a lot of help with feedback from a professional which has helped improve my skills tremendously.It can...

  • Amma

  • 08 Jul 2021

Learning so much

Learning so much! Transforming the way my eyes see everything. Thank you for an excellent course.

  • Etienne

  • 06 Jul 2021

This in-depth course has expanded my…

This in-depth course has expanded my view of visual creativity, with experts passing down their knowledge in their fields respected...

  • Monique

  • 05 Jul 2021

What an excellent course

What an excellent course. It has been a challenge and I'm enjoying every stage of this journey. Every cent worth...

  • KS

  • 05 Jul 2021

Outstanding Course!

This course is outstanding. The modules are filled with incredible knowledge - you don’t just learn how to take a...

  • Malorie

  • 03 Jul 2021

Amazing course

I started the course and I didn't know much about Photography, I didn't even know how to use the camera...

  • Zantoné Bloem

  • 02 Jul 2021

Best place to learn!

I have learned so much thanks to the Photography Institute. I always enjoy sharing what I've learned with other people...