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Do you have a passion for photography? Learn how to make the best use of your camera and take stunning images with our online photography courses. Our Diploma gives you the chance to turn your hobby into a successful career.

Developed in consultation with industry experts, our photography training course will help you to hone your skills and get a competitive advantage in this rewarding and engaging profession.

Explore our course breakdown below or enroll now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enroll in our online photography course, you will complete the following units of study:

    • Introduction to photography
    2The Camera
    • Shutter speed
    • Aperture
    • Film speed
    3Picture Building
    • Composition
    • Golden mean
    • Colour
    • Contrast
    • Saturation
    • Line
    • Shape
    • Directional lighting
    • Indoor
    • Outdoor
    • Silhouettes
    5Advanced Composition
    • Creating emphasis
    • Texture
    • Reflection
    • Black and white
    6Photographic Style
    • Nature
    • Abstract
    • Still life
    • Portrait
    • Landscape and meaning
    • Creating a visual language
    • Promoting yourself as a photographer
  • How Will You Benefit?

    There are many benefits associated with studying our photography courses online. For example, you will:

    • Fast track your photography career
    • Study a course that has been designed in collaboration with experts in the photography industry
    • Save time and money by learning remotely
    • Have your own personal tutor to provide advice and guidance
    • Set your own timetable to complete the course
    • Save 10% on your course fee by paying upfront, or choose our interest-free weekly payment plan

    Start reaping the benefits by enrolling in our photography course today!

  • Career Prospects

    Working as a photographer can be a hugely varied career. There are many different areas that you can choose to specialise in, ranging from highly technical work to jobs that require creativity. As a photography graduate, you can enter fields such as:


    • Press photography (also known as news photojournalism)
    • Feature photography
    • Editorial photography
    • Commercial / industrial photography
    • Portrait / wedding photography
    • Advertising photography
    • Fashion photography
    • Digital photography
    • Nature and wildlife photography
    • Forensic photography
    • Freelancing photography
    You can take photographs for:
    Advertising Agencies
    Book Publishers
    Businesses (Small, Medium and Large)
    Clubs and Associations
    Family and Pet Portraits
    Graphic Designers
    International Magazines
    Regional Newspapers
    Shops and Restaurants
    Sports Organisations
    Stock Libraries
    Local Newspapers
    Travel and Tourism Industry
    Parties and Functions
    Web Designers and Web Sites
    Photo Libraries
    Postcard and Calendar Publishers
    100s more!

    Reasons to choose a photography career

    As well as the variety it offers, there are many other reasons to start a career in photography. Here are some examples:

    1. A well-paid career

    Photography can be a well paid career. The minimum rates for freelance photographers, as approved by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, are as follows:

    Rate By TimeRate By Photograph
    Per day$700.00Cover Photo$659.00
    Half day (2/3 day rate)$400.00Full Page Photo$700.00
    Per hour$150.00Half Page Photo$249.00
    Research (per hour)$74.00Single Column Photo$174.00
    2. A photography business has low start-up costs

    You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a photography business started. All you’ll require to begin with is a basic camera (film or digital) with manual controls. You may well already own this equipment and, if you don’t, you can hire it or buy it new or second hand. Darkrooms and studios are also available for hire if you need them, and you can bill these costs directly to your clients.

    3. You can work from home

    There is no need to operate from a commercial premises. Instead, many photographers work from home.

    4. You’ll be your own boss

    Many photographers are freelancers, meaning they get to set their own agendas and schedules. Being your own boss puts you in creative control and it means there is no limit to your income, other than how much time and effort you’re prepared to put into the business. You can choose your hours too, meaning you can work full-time, part-time or have a flexible schedule.


    5. Photographers are in high demand

    There is a huge market for good photographs worldwide. Companies often hire photographers for a range of projects, and consumers are always on the lookout for talented photographers to record events and provide original artwork.

    6. You’ll meet lots of interesting people

    Depending on the area of photography you decide to specialise in, you might have the chance to meet a range of fascinating people. Maybe you’ll get to work with the rich, famous and powerful, from actors and models to politicians and entrepreneurs. Imagine the stories you could share with friends and family!

    7. No two days are the same

    Unlike many jobs that involve considerable repetition, being a photographer is a hugely varied profession. No two days, or jobs, are the same. In the morning, you might be taking images of food for a restaurant or shop, while in the afternoon you’re photographing a sports event. And the next day, perhaps you’ll be taking shots at a wedding or other special function.

    8. You’ll enjoy respect and prestige

    As a photographer, people will have a high level of respect for your work. Photographers are celebrated for their technical skill and artistic prowess.

    9. Few barriers to success

    As long as you’re a talented photographer, there will be few barriers to achieving success. It doesn’t matter what background you have, including previous educational or career achievements; it’s being able to impress with your images that counts. There are no formal licensing requirements for opening a photography business. It’s open to anyone with ambition and a desire to be successful.

    10. It’s not as difficult as many people think

    It’s often assumed that to thrive as a photographer, you have to create flawless images. This isn’t true. Of course, your photos must be good, but they don’t have to be absolutely perfect for you to achieve professional success.

  • Course Levels Explained


    This qualification recognizes the graduate’s capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into our photography course.

    So, if you want to showcase your skills behind a lens, simply enroll in our learning programme today.

  • Course Length

    Students take an average of 24 weeks to complete their Diplomas.

    However, you can set your own pace for completing our online photography course. As with all ICI design courses, you have total flexibility when it comes to how quickly you complete the learning programme. If you want to fast track your studies, you can finish in a matter of months. Alternatively, you can take much longer. We allow up to three years to graduate.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    Our photography courses are carried out entirely remotely via distance learning. Sometimes referred to as correspondence learning, this approach puts you in control. You can study whenever and wherever you like, anywhere in the world. This makes it easy to fit your studies around other commitments. It also means you avoid the stress and expense of having to physically attend classes.

    Throughout your course, you will have access to a personal tutor to offer guidance and answer questions. And thanks to the practical, engaging nature of our photography learning programmes, you won’t struggle to stay motivated throughout.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    Our photography course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC).

    It has been designed to take you far beyond the theory of photography and to offer you key practical insights that will help you to forge a successful career behind the camera.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Already working in photography or a related creative field? This course is for you. It will help you to build on and expand your knowledge and skills, making you even better at your role. Signing up to our photography course is one of the most practical steps you can take to advance your career.

    It is important to note that course fees can be claimed as a tax deduction as long as the learning programme is sufficiently connected to your work activities.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our photography course are included in the course fee. Once you enroll, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all of your course and career questions and provide guidance

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:

    • A graduation certificate officially recognising your successful completion of studies and qualifications as a photographer
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (for example: John Smith, DipPhotog)
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 6th October 2023 is the next enrollment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrollment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enroll today!

Course Investment & Payment Plans

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How do I get started?

Click on one of the Enroll Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career as a photographer – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.