WHAT IS OPI & how does it work?
The Online Photo Institute (OPI) delivers great photography courses over the net. You work with your own personal photography mentor (yes, a real human being) who will help you to get your photography to the next level.
Our courses are developed by Phil Davison, who worked as Programme Manager, Course Coordinator and Facilitator for the Southern Institute of Technology from 2001 to 2013, making Phil one of the most experienced teachers of creative work by distance learning in the country.
Enrol before the price rise
OPI prices are set to rise on 21st April. We've had a reduced price structure over summer, but now it's time to put the prices almost back to the regular prices. Twelve unit courses will go to $NZ238, and six unit courses will be $NZ125.
Remember that you have one year to complete OPI courses, so it might not be a bad idea to enrol at the low prices even if you are not ready to start work yet.
How does it work?
Start by looking on the courses tab (above). There you'll see the courses we have available. Click on the course names for more information. You can download a sample PDF for each course which has a lot of detailed info, and you can also download the entire first PDF from our cloud site.
When you have chosen a course, click on Enroll Now to get taken to our secure e-commerce section where you can pay by Credit Card or Pay Pal.
Very soon after you’ll get an email from us with a link to the other PDFs in the course, and the email address of your personal mentor.
You can start work on the assignments and then send them in to your mentor. Your mentor will be back in touch with some feedback as soon as possible. We aim for a same day response, but often it takes two or three days to respond, depending on how many assignments your mentor is dealing with (it’s either feast or famine!).
You get to work with your own personal photography mentor. A real human. Someone who will critique your images and tell you what you need to do to improve your photography.
It’s affordable. We use a stripped down business model that means we focus on communication with students, and we don’t have a plush corporate office or other extras that don’t contribute to making the student experience as good as possible. Check out the prices – they are less than half the prices of many of our competitors.
You can work at your own pace. Unlike most other university based courses, you can take as long as you like on each assignment.
It’s hands on. You have some theory to read, and then you have a practical assignment that will give you a chance to learn-by-doing.
We have a ten day money-back guarantee. That’s right within the first ten days you can get a full refund.
Assessment is optional. If you want you can submit work to our examination panel, and gain certification, or you can just do the courses and not worry about certification.
The course is brought to you by people with extensive experience in teaching photography by distance learning.
We actually enjoy photography, and teaching photography!
What are the benefits?
- Personal photography mentors
- Work at your own pace
- Low cost
- Great courses
- Money-back guarantee
AN ONLINE BACHELORS DEGREE?
Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? It's not available now, but we're working towards gaining international accreditation to provide just that - a full three years full time course that will earn you a degree in photography, with the possibility that prior study could be taken into account as well!
EARN YOUR DIPLOMA IN PHOTOGRAPHY
You can just do courses for interest sake, but you can also work towards earning the OPI Diploma in Photography! More info on the Exams tab.
Personal Photography Mentors