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Certificate in Photography

Certificate in Photography


Our Certificate in Photography is perfect if you have a Passion for Photography, have some or no Experience.

Griffith College's Photography Department has over 16 years' experience in providing industry-standard photographic education and training. The Certificate in Photography takes students, many of whom have little or no experience, to a high level of photographic knowledge with technical and practical experience.  

Why Study Photography at Griffith College?

Our Certificate in Photography combines the theoretical with the practical to give you a complete comprehension of photography.

  • You will develop confidence in both  analogue and digital photography – confidence with an analogue camera and developing prints in the darkroom will enhance your digital technique. 
  • You will gain experience with in- studio lighting, which is key for portraiture, fashion and still life advertising shoots. 
  • Small  class sizes  ensure that you get the one-on-one attention needed to perfect your technical and creative skills. 
  • Our  lecturers are professional photographers  who are actively working within the industry. They have  extensive  experience in many genres of photography, including portrait, commercial, fashion and editorial photography.
  • You will have the  option to progress  into Year 2 of the BA in Photographic Media.

Course Highlights

  • Griffith has been delivering award-winning photography courses for over 16 years.
  • Seven-day access to state-of-the-art facilities
  • Facilities include; 2 darkrooms, 1 processing room, 4 studios, 1 print finishing room (with 2 Epson Stylus Pro 4900s) & 1 Mac room for editing and scanning
  • Access to industry-standard photographic equipment
  • Experience working on industry-focused briefs
  • Both on- and off-site practical workshops
  • Regular student coursework feedback
  • Work with like-minded peers in small workshop groups
  • Regular opportunities to have photographs published


We actively encourage our photography students to enter competitions such as:  

  • The SMEDIAs (Student Media Awards) 
  • The Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the Year Awards 
  • CoinaPhoto Competitions

Our students have consistently excelled in many awards they enter. In 2017, eight Griffith College photography students were finalists across the three SMEDIA photo categories; News Photographer, Sports Photographer & Photographer of the Year.

Since 2011, Griffith has won twelve SMEDIA's amongst other awards.

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

Students supporting and inspiring each other, academic staff support beyond the course, feeling part of a community – these are the things which sets a Griffith College Photography course apart from the others. In one year, I have gone from nervously snapping in auto mode on an entry-level DSLR to confidently directing studio shoots and operating complex equipment. The course enables you to try diverse areas of photography, allowing you to explore the many career paths it has to offer and to fall in love with your chosen field. Initially, I thought I wanted to be wedding photographer - and now I am starting my business plan to enter the commercial photography product industry! They give you a thorough understanding of the options available out there, which is so important to new photographers trying to find their direction. Griffith has accommodated my career choices for the future by allowing me to continue on a modular-basis alongside my full-time job. Griffith College has something special here – the time and effort invested in you is priceless.

Georgina O'Brien
Cert in Photography

Before embarking on this course, I did not feel confident in utilising manual camera controls and still had a very limited understanding of photography. This excellent course changed all that. The curriculum is very well put together; the staff are very skilled, supportive and, above all, patient.

The atmosphere is great but the very best compared to other courses is the excellent practical facilities. I particularly loved the developing of the black and white negatives. All the darkroom equipment was in excellent working order and breakages are immediately repaired. There was never any queueing for resources and we had great guidance in the practical sessions.

I got an incredible amount of understanding and knowledge of this course and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Odile Henriks, M.Ed, M.Sc, M.Phil, M.A.
Cert in Photography
Course details
Core subjects
Year One
  • Applied Photography
  • Digital Photography
  • History of Art & Photography
  • Photographic Techniques (Runs over both semesters)
  • Practical Photography
  • Research & Writing Skills
  • Ways of Seeing
How to Apply

How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years

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

CAO Code

  • Dublin - GC475

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. Holders of the certificate can enter Year 2 of the BA in Photographic Media.

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

Career Progression

Through the Certificate of Photography, you will have gained valuable professional experience, built a strong portfolio and covered a diverse range of media. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

  • Sales and Photography
  • Wedding Photography
  • Product Photography

What our students say

As a mature student returning to full time education I was naturally somewhat apprehensive about both the workload and the age difference between me and the other students. I needn’t have worried on either count. From the first day all the students and staff made me feel right at home and treated me no differently than anyone else.

While the course load is intensive the professionalism and approachability of all of the Lecturers and Technicians made it a pleasure to participate in. When I look back at the year I can hardly believe the difference in the way I approach and execute any photographic task, either Digitally or Film, all thanks to the skill set I’ve gained over the last academic year.

I originally only signed up for the Cert but have enjoyed the experience so much that am now going to continue to the 2nd year of the BA in Photographic Media

Derek Emerson
Certificate in Photography

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