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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.


Rated 4.8 out of 5 based on 280 reviews.

  • Fezile Gaven

  • 22 Feb 2021

Great material and brilliant tutors!!

Great material and brilliant tutors!!

  • Kai

  • 22 Feb 2021

An honest photography course review

Wow! Watching endless YouTube videos wasting many hours and getting nowhere, The PI has certainly helped me understand a camera,...

  • Malcolm Mabota

  • 20 Feb 2021

This Course is very stimulating

This Course is very stimulating, motivating and easy.

  • Gayle Congdon

  • 20 Feb 2021

What an amazing course

What an amazing course. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Would recommend it to anyone even slightly interested in photography....

  • Rene Struwig

  • 17 Feb 2021

Absolutely love this course

Absolutely love this course. I can already see an improvement in my technique and I also love that you get...

  • Skye de Bruyn

  • 12 Feb 2021

The Photography Institute is a…

The Photography Institute is a wonderful help. It has taught me so much and helped develop my photographic skills wonderfully....

  • Emma-Jane Maritz

  • 12 Feb 2021

I loved this course!

I loved this course, I learned so much. The community and tutor is so kind and always helpfull. This course...

  • Xolile Mgaga

  • 05 Feb 2021

I really enjoyed doing this course

I really enjoyed doing this course , but this could be my mistake I was not really connected with other...

  • Emma-Jane Maritz

  • 30 Jan 2021

This is a amazing course

This is a amazing course. It is easy to read and understand and you learn alot. The tutors are always...

  • Melodie Job

  • 28 Jan 2021

Photography course

Not only have I learned a lot so far, but my photography has improved by 100%. This course teaches you...

  • Anthony Scheepers

  • 27 Jan 2021


Amazing course and good way if you want to take your photography to the next level

  • Desni Morland

  • 11 Jan 2021

I have learned a lot so far

I have learned a lot so far. I have honestly learned how to use my camera in manual mode and...

  • Cathrine Van Der Merwe

  • 17 Dec 2020

As I am doing the course in my own time…

As I am doing the course in my own time this is awesome, and a bonus is getting critical advice...

  • Gayle Congdon

  • 08 Dec 2020

Fantastic Course

I was a total beginner when I started the course and what I have learnt is amazing. George not only teaches...

  • Renate Fechter

  • 27 Nov 2020

Excellent Course!

I was a total beginner to photography and I absolutely love this course! I have learned so much by doing...