Your frequently asked questions answered…
Are your courses Accredited?
Yes! Both our Diploma of Digital Photography Course and our Certificate of Digital Photography Course are Internationally Accredited through IARC. FIND OUT MORE…
How long does it take to complete the course?
Most students are able to complete the Certificate course in 4-6 months, and the Diploma course in 12 months.
What happens if I don’t complete the course within this time?
There are no deadlines. Some people learn quickly. Others take a little longer. Some people have more time to devote to studies than others. You can take as long as you need. That is fine by us.
From when I enroll, how long does it take before I can start my course?
Once you enroll and pay your course fee (or initial payment if you are on a payment plan), your enrollment will be processed. Your log-in and site access will be established within 24 hours and you will be up and running.
Do I have to do the Certificate Course before I can do the Diploma Course?
No. You do not need to do the Certificate Course first. You can enroll directly into the Diploma course. The courses are different. If you have a DSLR camera, the Diploma course is the best course for you to do.
Do I need a special camera?
For the Certificate Course, you can use any camera that captures a digital image, even your smart phone. For the Diploma Course, you need either a DSLR camera or a modern mirrorless or compact camera with the required features. Click here to check if your camera is suitable or find out more.
How long does it take for an assignment to be marked?
Assignments are generally marked within 5-7 working days. We don’t want to slow you down, so you can start working on your next module once your assignment has been submitted. You don’t have to wait until you get your results back.
What happens if I don’t pass an assessment?
If an assignment does not meet the required standard, that shows us you need a little bit of extra assistance with this one. Your tutor will go through the trouble spots with you in detail, giving you extra help where it is needed. You can re-submit the assignment when you are ready. This is all part of the learning process. Your original course fee covers any additional tuition and re-submissions as required. There are no additional fees or charges.
Do I need image editing software?
Yes as we are working with digital images, so you will need a software program that allows you to download and process your images. The cost of this software is not included in your course. We teach Adobe Photoshop, but there are other programs you can use if you prefer. Please be aware that our lecture notes and support are directed towards the use of Photoshop. Adobe has recently stopped selling Photoshop in a standalone package that you could install on your computer and this has been replaced by their cloud based subscription service called Creative Cloud. Please note that Adobe requirements mean that students enrolled in our Diploma Course do qualify for student discounts on selected Adobe Software, however Certificate students do not. Adobe stipulate that you must be studying a Diploma level course or higher to qualify for the student rates. Follow this link to the latest pricing information from Adobe – https://creative.adobe.com/plans
I have not studied in a long time. Is the course difficult?
Do not worry. Our courses cater for people of all ages, experience and ability. The courses are written by experts. They are designed to gently ease you into study mode. They are written in a way that is interesting, fun and easy to understand, with lots of hands-on practical sessions along the way to keep you interested and help you really get into it. Parts of the courses may challenge you. That is all part of learning. You have our full support to guide and assist you every step of the way.
Do I have to attend any classes or workshops?
No. All of your study can be done online in your own time. How convenient is that!
Can I get VET FEE HELP to cover my course fees?
No. Our courses do not quality for VET FEE assistance as we have chosen to seek International Accreditation rather than restricting our student’s qualification to Australia only. However we have kept our course fees affordable. You will find that you will pay far less to study with Online Camera Ed than you would at another college offering courses where VET FEE help is available.
In the Diploma course how many modules is it delivered in?
Our Diploma of Digital Photography course is delivered in 12 modules in total. The first 10 modules are compulsory and then you pick the other two out of our ever increasing range of electives.
What sort of things are covered in the electives?
Really great fun topics such as Light Painting, Water Droplet Photography,Smoke Photography, Situational Photography and the list goes on. They are all highly interesting, awesome topics.
When do I have to choose my electives?
Our advice is that you choose them after completing module 9.
How do I progress through the course?
Online Camera Ed are competency based educators. What this means in simple terms is that we do not let you progress on to another assessment if you have not achieved competency in the one you have submitted for marking. You can download the next study module but you should not submit the assessment for that module until you have received your marks for the previous one.
It is really important that any problem areas you may be experiencing are fixed as soon as possible and this is why we do not allow course progression until you are fully competent in what you have covered in the module you have just completed.
In photography, doing things the right way is really important so it is in your best interests to not take any short cuts in your learning.
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