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BA in Photographic Media

BA in Photographic Media


Award-winning course preparing students to work in the fast-paced and innovative industry of commercial photography

The emphasis of this highly sought after degree course is on commercial photography based around a professional approach allied to analytical skills.

Why Study Photography at Griffith College?

The BA in Photographic Media 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 available in Year 3. The aim of the course is to equip students with the necessary skills and understanding required to compete with the artistic and creative demands of a competitive commercial industry.

  • 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 16 years of experience in providing superior photographic education and training.
  • You will build a strong portfolio of your work which can be showcased to potential employers
  • 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
  • Option to further your studies in photographic media with progression to the final year of our BA (Hons) in Journalism and Visual Media.

Course Highlights

  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities
  • Facilities include; four studios, 2 Epson Stylus Pro 4900, one Mac Room, two darkrooms, one processing room
  • Week-long loan access to a wide range of photographic equipment.
  • Experience working on industry-focused assignment briefs
  • Both on- and off-site practical workshops
  • Small classes present opportunities to network and work on practical coursework with your peers
  • Regular opportunities to have your work published
  • Accomplished visiting lecturers regularly deliver talks and workshops.
  • Strong industry links afford work opportunities for students and graduates
  • Invitation to the Griffith College Photo Assist Network
  • Emphasis on business and professional practice in the final year of the degree.
  • Our students complete the programme with a myriad of tangible assets including; a business plan, personalised logo, business cards, self-published books and website.
  • Exhibition experience, both on- and off-campus.


Our graduates develop careers in photography and related industries including freelance practice, social photography, sports photography, photojournalism, curating, publishing, exhibiting, research and picture editing.

Check out our Photography Facebook and Twitter accounts to get an insight into what our students do.

Intake Dates

Our intake for this course commences September 2020.

Are you applying through the CAO?

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

What our students say

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

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
Course details

Elective modules available in Year 3.

Core Subjects
Year One
  • Applied Photography
  • Digital Photography
  • History of Art & Photography
  • Photographic Techniques (runs in both semesters)
  • Practical Photography
  • Research and Writing Skills
  • Ways of Seeing
Year Two
  • Commercial Photography
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Photography & Motion
  • Structured Photo Project
  • Large-Format Photography
  • Layout and Graphic Design
  • Photo Essay/Editorial Photography
  • Visual Methodologies
Year Three
  • The Business of Photography
  • Final Photographic Project
  • Professional Practice
  • The Politics of the Image
  • Advanced Commercial Photography
  • Video Production
  • People Photography
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

5 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or another language).

How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January 2019 must apply through the CAO system Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2019 applications.

CAO Code

  • Dublin - GC470

Applicants over 23 years

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January 2019 (Mature Students) or Part-Time Applicants must apply directly. Mature students will be asked for a copy of their passport and applications should be made by September 2019. Part-time Applicants that are under 23 years on Jan 1st, 2019 will be asked for a copy of their passport, Leaving Certificate results / FETAC qualifications or equivalent and must meet the minimum entry requirements for the programme.

When our Admissions team receive your application they will be in contact with you directly.

If you wish to apply for advanced entry onto the course, please apply directly and a member of our team will be in contact with you to discuss your application.


For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from time of application.

Tuition Fees
Irish/EU, living in Ireland

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Full-Time


EUR 5,750.00

Study Mode: Part-Time


EUR 4,700.00

Irish/EU, living abroad

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time


EUR 6,550.00


General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time


Non-EU living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


Academic Progression

 Graduates of this course have the option to continue their studies at Griffith College. If you graduate from this programme you are eligible to enter the final year of the BA (Hons) in Journalism and Visual Media.

You can contact our admissions team to discuss what progression options are available to you.

Career Progression

Through the BA in Photographic Media, you will have gained valuable professional experience, built a strong portfolio both in the manner of self-published books and a website. Our final year students produce a business plan, develop their brand, design a logo and business cards. Upon completion of our BA in Photographic Media, you will have covered a diverse range of media, including analogue, digital, medium format, large format and video.

Our graduates' photographic work can regularly be seen on well-known clothing, sport and product websites, Hotpress Music Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Cara Magazine, RSVP, UK and Ireland weekend editorial supplements, sports and press agencies; Photocall, Inpho and Sportsfile and many run their own free lance businesses and run studios. Our graduates are working in many countries including; Ireland, U.K. U.S.A, Norway, Italy, Pakistan and beyond.

There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

  • Commercial Photographer
  • Image Production Editor
  • Wedding & Social Photographer
  • Press & PR Photographer
  • Sports Photographer
  • Film Stills Photographer
  • Creative Stylist
  • Editorial Photographer
  • Freelance Photographer(& Videographer)

Ready to take the next step?