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The Most Frequently Asked Questions

We at Light and Composition want to thank you for showing interest in our books, articles, the most prestigious award, and our university education. Here are the answers of most frequently asked questions we get every day.

Where is your university located?

Welcome to Light & Composition University. As you may have already read, Light & Composition University is an online university. Yes, we are the first complete university, based truly online. What does it mean? It means, our core members work from around the world 24/7. Most of our team members are avid travellers. We work while we travel.

This is the university, this very website now you are browsing with every feature that a university needs to have. From academic advising, courses, lessons, assignments, quizzes, grading for diplomas, majors, post-graduations, to publishing research works as well as carrying out scholarly literature reviews with identifying, examining, and evaluating existing data, finalising thesis, writing and structuring dissertation, and defending one’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at a one-to-one Viva Voce, we have everything in one place; some that many universities only dream to achieve someday.

You may have already known that a website needs server. An university website on the other hand that serves tens and thousands of students around the world, needs data centre, and many dedicated and cache servers around the world. Our servers and data centres are located around the world in 71 cities across 30 countries. No matter where you are in the world, these dedicated and cache servers let you access all our contents with ease. We can assure, there is no university in the world, who have online presence, servers, and data centre like we do. Simply because we are the best at it.

Please visit the University Locations Page for complete list.

Light & Composition University Location

How would I know which university server I have been served from? Does the content differ based on location?

Let us explain how our servers serve you. When a viewer makes a request on our university website, first DNS routes the request to the nearest server location in terms of latency. Each server keeps persistent connections with nearest data centre so files are fetched from the origins as quickly as possible. What does it mean? It means if there are changes in the main website, and these changes are not in servers near your location, then the request goes to nearest regional data centre to fetch the objects/files/changes. We are talking changes in byte level here. As soon as the first byte arrives from main data centre, it begins to get forwarded to every other serves we have. All these happen in milliseconds. Because no matter where you are, our goal is to make sure you get our website and its contents in less than 2-3 seconds max.

If you understand how it works, then you should already realise that there is no difference in content based on location. Please visit the University Locations Page for complete list of our server locations.

You can check the latency with www.gtmatrix.com, you can also change the location to check the load time.

GT Matrix

GT Matrix

What is the difference between your university scholarships, grants, and discounts? When and how can I get one?

Scholarships are merit based, given to prospective recipients based on previous works and achievements. Grants are need-based and available to students based on criteria such as age, income, value of our programs in their local currencies, and the worthy cause that they mention to our grant/scholarship committee.

Grants and scholarships are available when we get direct contributions, and end of each month revenues of our majors, diplomas, courses, awards, and publications. Please visit the direct contribution page – Make a Contribution to know more.

We always invite and give our students and registered photographers as first priority to receive these grants. Suppose someone contributes a generous €1000, and if there are 10 prospective recipients, who applied for one of our diploma programs, say Diploma in Food Photography, which costs €199, then we divide it among them and give 50% grant/scholarship to each. Often there is a time limit, especially when the number of recipients are more. In that case the rules of first come first serve is applied.

You can apply for a grant/scholarship anytime. Please visit our Scholarships and Grants page, and fill up the required information. If a grant is available, we will email you back.

Discount on the other hand is only given to our students based on their daily academic contributions. Please visit the our Academic Contribution Reward Policy page for more information of how to redeem your contribution point as discount.

This question has been answered also in our open campus, link is given below:


How can I use the Scholarships/Grants code?

First all of click on the enrol button from your desired program page. You can see the example in the image below.

Clicking enrol button will take you to the checkout page. In the checkout page, you can see “Did You Contribute to Light & Composition? Click Here to Redeem Your Reward” Please click into that link and paste your scholarships/grants code.

How can I get 40 / 50 / 60% grant equivalent to €5000 / €6500 / €7500?

Those who participated in our most prestigious photography award, for their creativity and hard work in the completion to win the Photo of the Month, we often reward them with a generous grant. The grant starts from 40% up to 60%. A 40% grant will give you 40% discount in all our university courses, diplomas, majors, masters, Ph.D program, as well as our advertising services from our creative house and university press publications. Suppose you want to join the 3 years single Major of B.F.A in Photojournalism, which cost €1600 in total, then you can use this 40% grant and only pay the remaining 60%, which is only €960 for whole 3 years.

If you won a position in a Photo of the Month, the grant is 50%, and you just need to pay the remaining 50%. Depending on the winning position, there is a limit of this 50% discount up to €5000, €6500, and €7500.

In simple terms, you can enrol into a complete diploma as low as spending just €100 and this limit goes unto getting a doctorate program, all our services, and publications up to the discount limit of €5000, €6500, and €7500.

How can I start a course?

We have a step-by-step guide for getting enrolled into a course. Please visit the page “Getting Started with Your University Course

What kind of study material will I get in a course?

We provide self-study guide books and if needed documentary videos. Our self-study guide books are unique and there are no universities in the world who can give guide books like we have. These guide books are our in-house publications and some of the best-selling photography guide books in the world. We have been selling them for over a decade. Books, such as “The Quintessence of Photography”, “The Essence of Close-up Photography”, “Mastering Food Photography”, and “A Photographer’s Guide to Writing”, have been sold over 200,000+ copies from our online store. Not only they are the best, teachers and photography instructors around the world have been using them as their reference guides. If you want to learn photography, we are the source.

Please visit our Publication page, you can buy them there. However, keep in mind that many of the guide books provided with the course have additional pages based on the requirement of the course, and they frequently get updated from feedback of our students, whereas the books that we sell in our store get a new edition end of each year.

How should I study a guide/book that comes with the course?

Depending on the topic, a course may have one or several guide books. No matter which topic you are studying, you will not be successfully grasped the concept until you practice and apply that in real life. That is why we never encourage anyone to read the whole guide beforehand. You should always follow the lesson instruction and read only certain pages mentioned for a lesson then must participate the quiz and the assignments.

Sometimes a lesson might focus on only one or few pages from a guide, but they are designed to make your understanding firm. Remember, our books, articles, and guides are precisely written, and always highlight important terms, which a learner must know and focus on. You will never be able to finish a course if you do not follow the lesson instruction.

How can I participate in a quiz and submit my assignment?

At the bottom of each lesson there is a button “View Lesson Quiz”. Clicking that button will take you to the quiz page. Assignments are at the bottom of the quiz page.

View Lesson Quiz Button

Typically, assignment questions appear after quiz questions to make sure you understand the key terms related to that lesson and then attempt to do the assignments. Below each of the quiz question, there is a text box, where you can write your answer. Text boxes for Assignments’ answer are bigger in size; as often they require your explanation as well as links of your work.

Are the quizzes and assignments open book?

At Light & Composition University, quizzes, exams, and assignments are open book, which evaluated on understanding rather than recall and memorization. You can go through the materials, and until a certain level, you can even copy/paste them while participating the quiz, however, please read the questions carefully before answering and also notice the mark of each of the question. Do try to answer what is expected.

As we mentioned many times, our books, articles, and guides are precisely written, and always highlight important terms, which a learner must know and focus on, but sometimes may overlook if read a book or guide casually. Quizzes is to make sure you go through all of them one by one, whereas assignments are for practicing and applying them in real life.

Some of the topics and key terms are too basic. Do I need to study them?

It is obvious that there will always be some topics and key terms that are basic, but one should only take the next step if he/she already applied their known knowledge in real life. It does not make that much value if you unable to apply your knowledge in real life scenario. If you think some of the topics are to basic for you, do check the answer of the question – Is there any alternative way to start a quiz other than reading your guides/books?

Is there any alternative way to start a quiz other than reading your guides/books?

Alternatively, to start this lesson, you may participate in the quiz/assignment first to test your prior knowledge. Be honest, and answer what you think is the most suitable for each of the question. If you are unable to complete the lesson assignment or failed in the quiz, then you must study the material that is supplied for that lesson – the guide/book in PDF. Once you finish reading the materials, you may again participate in the quiz by using “reset” the quiz button.

Why am I getting poor grades even though I wrote the answer from the guide?

In higher level courses, especially from second-year students in any of the majors, we expect the answer according to the question. Doing Copy/paste from the guides/books will not work in those. One should understand the concept from the guide first, read the question next, then write answer based on that. Keep in mind that the pass mark is 70-75%, depending on the level of the course.

Why can I only able to open one or first few lessons even though I have paid for the whole course?

There are different levels of courses with different kinds of assignments. Depending on its content, you can only open the next lesson when you complete the current one. If you are good and have firm understanding of a certain topic, then it might take just few mins to an hour to complete a lesson, and open the next one.

We design a course in a way that it helps the learners to understand and practice all the key concepts. Please don’t come to our support and say “the guide has little to no information for me,” but unable to pass a single quiz or complete any assignment.

We publish every good assignment work of our students. Sharing any artistic work whether it’s a fine piece of writing or photography is an integral part of art, which will never become passé. Simply because a work of art is not great until it’s been discovered, shared, and recognized. If you are a know-it-all type person, please read the answer of the question – Some of the topics and key terms are too basic. Do I need to study them?

Well, we do have some courses, which open lesson section wise. The example of a section in a lesson are: basic, advanced, aesthetic, technical, presentation, etc. So, if you complete the basic section, you may open all the lessons for advanced, if and only if the assignments of all the lessons of a section are on same criteria or need same elements.