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NYIP Frequently Asked Questions

We are confident that NYIP offers the right distance education photography courses for you. In the following Q&A format, we answer key questions about NYIP, so that you can be sure that NYIP will meet your highest expectations. If you don't find the answer to your question here, please feel free to email us at info@nyip.edu or call us at 1.800.583.1736.

How do I get started?

It's easy. Simply fill out our online enrollment application or call us at 1-800-583-1736 and enroll by phone.

How much do NYIP courses cost?

Tuition for each of our course varies. You can check out the cost of photography courses from NYIP here.

Is NYIP accredited?

Yes. NYIP is the only online photography school to be both licensed by the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council. Learn more about NYIP Accreditation here.

Are NYIP's courses offered online?

Yes. All of NYIP's courses are online. There are no residential classrooms or campuses.

How does the mentorship program work?

All NYIP students get paired with a professional photography mentor. He or she is a working pro and licensed teacher there to guide you and answer all your questions as you move through your course. You will get personalized feedback on your photo projects and you are free to contact your mentor at any time throughout the course. Learn more about the NYIP photography mentor program here.

Which NYIP course is right for me?

NYIP offers a variety of different courses for every photographer. Check out our quick and easy guide to choosing the right online photography course.

How has NYIP training worked for others?

We've been in business for over 100 years, and in that time we've trained more successful photographers than any other school in the world. There are NYIP graduates who operate their own studio, manage growing businesses, work as staff photographers at papers all over the country, and more. 98% of students surveyed tell us they have achieved the goals they set for themselves when they started the course.

When do NYIP courses start?

Whenever you are ready. NYIP courses are online and you can get started anytime. Simply enroll online and we'll send you an email with the login information you need to get started.

Where are NYIP courses located?

All of NYIP's courses are online. There are no residential classrooms or campuses. Our offices are located in Manhattan and we invite you to drop by if you're ever in town.

Will I have to quit my job or school?

Absolutely not. We know you're busy with other things, that's why our courses are self paced. You can learn anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected device. Learn photography on your schedule, in your free time, with no deadlines or due dates.

Do I need prior training or experience in photography?

No, you do not. Our courses are designed to take you from wherever you are now, to wherever you want to go. We assume no prior training. Our photography training starts with the basics and builds to more advanced skills and techniques.

Can I take two courses at the same time?

Of course you can. And when you do you qualify for a 15% discount on all courses. To find out more, call 1-800-583-1736.

Do I get a discount if my friend and I sign up together?

Yes, you both save 15%. To find out more, call 1-800-583-1736.

How do I contact the school?

You can call or email us anytime. Our Manhattan offices are open from 9am to 6pm, Monday through Friday. Check out all the contact information for NYIP here.

Do I need to have internet access?

Yes. All of NYIP's courses are offered online. You can take our online photography classes on any internet-connected device - desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

How long does it take to finish the course?

It depends on your schedule and how much time you have to devote to the course. We give you up to 2 years to complete the course at no additional charge. The average completion time for all our photography courses ranges from 6-12 months.

Do NYIP courses include business training?

Yes, most of them do. Since over 60% of our students want to earn money with their photography, we cover the business of photography in detail in all of our courses, with the exception of the Fundamentals of Digital Photography, which is our beginner photography course.

What equipment will I need?

"To get the most from your NYIP training, we recommend a camera with a manual mode. The majority of our students use DSLRs but many also work with smaller point and shoot camera with great success. The key is the ability to adjust the aperture and shutter speed. At a minimum, a basic ""kit"" lens like an 18-55mm will serve you well for our course. Longer telephoto zoom lenses can also be helpful, but are in no way required. The above mentioned cameras would also be suitable for the Video Making and Storytelling course, as would a dedicated camcorder.

For the Complete Course in Digital Photography: Adobe Photoshop for Photographers - you will need ONE of the following programs: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements. You will also need a computer to run this software.

We encourage you to call us if you are not sure if you have the right equipment.

Will I be able to get a job as a photographer after completing this course?

Yes. NYIP has a proud history of training successful photographers. Every graduate will receive an NYIP Certificate of Completion that proves you have the skills to make it as a professional photographer. In addition, if you want to become a photographer, our courses teach you the business skills you need to set rates, find clients, and get hired.

Does the school provide internships or job placement?

Unfortunately, because we have students from all over the world, not just in one region we are not able to offer opportunities like this. However, the student advisor will gladly help you brain-storm about ways to find some in your area.

Is the tuition tax-deductible?

Possibly. The IRS permits you to deduct the cost of your NYIP training under certain circumstances. Whether you qualify depends on your individual situation. Consult with your tax advisor to find out if it's deductible for you.

Does NYIP offer financial aid or other tuition assistance programs?

No. Because of the lower cost and shorter length of our courses, they do not meet the requirements for standard financial aid programs. However, NYIP is approved to offer military financial assistance for veterans and spouses. Learn more about NYIP's military tuition assistance programs here.

What is WPPIC?

We partnered with WPPI, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, to create the world's first international professional designation for wedding and portrait photographers. You can sign up for the WPPIC Candidate Training Program exclusively with NYIP if you are interested in obtaining this distinguished certification.

I don't see my country listed on the enrollment form.

If your country is not listed on the enrollment form, this is because we do not currently accept credit cards from this country. In order to enroll, you must first contact the school and complete a bank transfer. Please contact the school for more information.

How do I log in to my course?

Your email address that you signed up with is your username. After you enroll, you should receive an email with login instructions. To log in, visit https://courses.nyip.edu/.

How do I access the student forum?

Every student has access to the NYIP student forum where you can interact with other students, graduates, and NYIP staff members. The forum is located at http://forum.nyip.edu.