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Photography Course Frequently Asked Questions

What differentiates your courses from those offered by other photography schools?
Our main focus is creativity. Unlike most other photography schools, all our courses are project based. That means that instead of just conveying technical knowledge, we apply everything we teach in a realistic context and give it creative value.

In which languages are courses taught?
All courses are taught in English.

Is it possible to obtain financial aid through the school?
Unfortunately, the London Institute of Photography cannot offer any scholarships or financial aid. Please contact your home university, government or private associations with regards to funding possibilities.

May I choose courses “à la carte”?
Our Professional Photography Course is built as a coherent whole and follows a didactic progression, but most of its modules can be booked as individual courses.

What is your students’ profile?
Very varied – some students work in different professions, others are university students and some are self-taught photographers who join our courses to update their techniques.

I am a beginner – do I have any chances of being accepted?
Of course! We welcome beginners, more advanced participants and professional photographers alike in our various programmes and courses. For beginners, we recommend the Beginners Photography Course or the Complete Foundation Photography Course.

I am a keen amateur and have been taking pictures for many years. Which course shall I attend?
We recommend starting with the Beginners Photography Course for most students, even if you think you know your camera very well. In this workshop you will learn to use the manual settings of your camera and understand the functions properly. If you have been taking pictures for a long time, but still use AUTO mode, P mode or SCENE modes, the Beginners Photography Course will be suitable for you.

I am an experienced photographer; can I book the Intermediate Photography Course without having done the Beginners Photography Course?
Yes, if you can use your camera in full manual mode, and have a complete understanding of lenses, image quality and size, exposure triangle, depth of field, motion blur and focus. Most students who take the Intermediate Photography Course have completed the Beginners Photography Course, so we’ll expect you to be fluent in the Beginners Course syllabus.

What camera is required for the courses?
You must have a Digital SLR Camera (DSLR) or a mirrorless camera with Manual Exposure Mode and being able to control ISO, Shutter Speeds Apertures and Focus manually.

I don’t have a camera yet. Can I still do the course?
Ideally you would learn with your own camera, because different models vary but we have DSLR cameras that you can book for £20 a day.

What do I need to bring for the workshop?
Your camera, lens, fully charged battery, clean memory card, pen and paper. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes as we walk a lot to locations. Check the weather and be prepared for cold, rain, snow and sunshine.

Do we have a break during the course?
Our weekday and weekends workshops run from 10.00 to 16.00 with 1 hour lunch break. Our evening courses run from 18.30 to 21.00 with 10 minutes coffee/tea break.

Is it possible to visit the Institute?
If it’s possible for you to come and visit us, we are happy to give you a tour and answer any questions you might have

Where are you located in London?
The London Institute of Photography is located in the Old Truman Brewery in the East of London.
The address is 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL.
The nearest tube stations are Shoreditch High Street, Liverpool Street and Aldgate East. Our office is open from Monday till Friday from 10.00 to 17.00.

Do I need a Student Visa?
The London Institute of Photography accepts bookings from students of all nationalities, but please note that we do not provide student VISAS. Please make sure you have a valid UK VISA before you apply for our Courses. Unfortunately we do not send invitation letters or help with Visa applications.

What is the minimum age to join your courses?
The minimum age to join our courses is 18 years old.

Will I receive a certificate after finishing a course?
By default our Professional Photography Course students receive a printed certificate as part of the course. For individual courses and workshops we can issue an e-certificate (PDF file) after successful completion of a course upon request.

Is your certificate an accredited qualification?
We don’t do accreditation. We are focused on the practical skills you need to succeed in the photography industry. We’ll help you by providing insight, connections and exercises to move you forward in your career. You’ll finish your learning armed with industry-ready skills and an impressive portfolio of work, which what you need to break into the industry.

Do I need to have studied certain subjects to be accepted?
No

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