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BA in Photographic Media

BA in Photographic Media


Award-winning course is conducted on both a full- and part-time basis over a three-year period and allows students to develop their own career path with a range of elective modules.

The BA in Photographic Media prepares graduates to work in the fast-paced and innovative industry of commercial photography and related visual fields or go on to further study. The emphasis of this highly respected programme leans towards a more commercial approach to photography and image-making; the programme is based around a professional approach allied to analytical skills.

Check out our students work from second year and final year to see what you could be doing if you join Griffith College Photography. 

Why Study Photography at Griffith College?

Our aim is to equip our image-makers with the necessary skills and understanding required to compete with the artistic and creative demands of a competitive commercial industry. Creating work and content across different platforms including; photo books, website and video are just some of the beneficial aspects of this programme with an emphasis on business and professional practice in the final year of the degree and the experience of exhibiting their work both on- and off-campus.

  • You will gain a firm understanding of the commercial photographic industry as well as the ongoing technological developments within the sector.
  • You will learn from an industry-recognised team of tutors with over 18 years of experience in providing superior photographic education and training.
  • You will build a strong portfolio of your work including self-published books and website which can be showcased to potential employers or used to gain entry to further study. 
  • You will gain the opportunity to join the ranks of multiple award-winning Griffith students with an already enviable reputation in the Irish photographic industry.
  • You will have the option to further your studies in visual media with progression to the final year of our BA (Hons) in Communications and Media Production.

Course Highlights

  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities, including 4 studios, 2 Epson Stylus Pro 4900, one Mac Room, two darkrooms, two processing rooms.
  • Access to a suite of industry-standard equipment for loan including; both Canon and Nikon kit, a number of full-frame DSLRs, two large-format professional Stylus Pro 4900 Epson printers and a professional Flextight scanner.  
  • Expert photography staff with decades of industry and teaching experience who create a stimulating learning environment. 
  • Experience working on industry-focused/client-driven assignment briefs. 
  • Both on- and off-site practical workshops. 
  • Small classes with opportunities to network and work on practical coursework with your peers and allow more tutor-to-student contact and support, offering a welcoming and collegiate learning experience.
  • Encouragement and support for students through in-classroom participative critique sessions and workshops, and by publishing student and graduate work online.
  • Accomplished visiting lecturers regularly deliver talks and workshops. 
  • Strong industry links, affording work opportunities for students and graduates to gain real-world experience and network. 
  • Invitation to join our Griffith College Photo Assist closed network of graduates and tutors.
  • Emphasis on business and professional practice in the final year of the degree. 
  • Our students complete the course with a myriad of tangible assets including a real-world business plan, personalised logo, business cards, self-published books and website.


Our course has an enviable reputation in the Irish photographic industry and ranks high with multiple award-winning students and graduates. Our students have amassed multiple awards nationally and internationally and had their work widely exhibited and published. Examples of awards include; The National SMEDIAS, News, Sports and Photographer of the Year, The Inspirational Arts Award, Alliance Française-Emerging Photographers Award and selected works, RHA and Halftone Print Fair.

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Check out our students work from second year and final year to see what you could be doing if you join Griffith College Photography. 

Intake Dates

We run 2 intakes for this course commencing in Autumn and Spring.

  • February 2021* 
  • September 2021 *

*subject to sufficient numbers

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Read our CAO Guide for everything you need to know about applying through the CAO!

What our students say

Photography Shoot Griffith College

I would encourage any up and coming photographers to apply to Griffith College. The detailed photography course comes with endless support and encouragement for creative development. There are so many opportunities to showcase your work, such as competitions, exhibitions and websites like Griffith digital. The course also provides networking opportunities which includes visits to meet like-minded industry professionals. Griffith also offers the chance to avail of their internship programme, in which I have had great success. I have truly enjoyed my time at Griffith College and will miss it and all the wonderful people I have met along the way.

Caroline Brady
BA in Photographic Media
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The support, stimulation and encouragement offered throughout this course was as integral as the formal education I received and has provided me with a confidence and skill-set to progress both myself and my photography to new levels. The personal journey was as important as the core content of the course for me.

Anthony Griffin
BA in Photographic Media

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