Griffith College

Certificate in Photography

Certificate in Photography

Certificate in Photography

Griffith College photographers have scooped "Photographer of the Year", "News Photographer of the Year "and "TV Production of the year".

Students doing a shoot in the photography studio
Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:6
Duration:1 Year Full Time or Part Time

Photography is one of the most powerful communication channels and its importance continues to grow in the internet age. This multi-award winning department offers you an opportunity to study a wide variety of photographic topics, on a flexible modular basis. 

The photography course takes students, many of whom have little or no expertise in the area, to a high level of knowledge and technical expertise within the photographic industry.

The course has an excellent reputation because of its ability to take students far beyond the minimum requirements of the syllabus. With a sound training in the technical aspects of photography and your own motivation to explore the creative applications of this medium, you will be well prepared to enter the world of commercial photography. Alternatively many students choose to continue with further study and advance into stage 2 of our BA in Photographic Media. 
All our lecturers work in the world of professional photography, providing valuable insights and knowledge that will inspire you throughout the photography course. This is one of the factors that mean we can set you up with advanced skills in analogue and digital photography.

Photography course content
The first semester focuses primarily on the technical and historical aspects of photography. The aim is to ensure that you are competent and confident in both the usage of camera controls and darkroom techniques. You’ll be provided with a sound understanding of light and exposure. Next, you’ll move into studio lighting techniques, most notably learning how to light for portraits and still life commercial purposes.

By the end of the second semester, you’ll have a firm grasp of the technical, aesthetic and communicative aspects of the medium of photography, both analogue and digital. Students will complete one module in semester two (Applied Photography) in which they can choose their discipline and genre to complete their practical work based on their experiences thus far.

Our photography course students are encouraged to enter competitions and have been consistently successful winning Smedia Awards for Photographer of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013, as well as News Photographer of the Year 2011, TV Production of the Year 2012/2014 and Sports Photographer of the Year 2013. 

Students have also won the Inspirational Arts Award 2011, Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the Year (Source Award 2013) and are well represented in the IPPA Awards. We’re very proud that our students are very successful in being selected for highly prestigious exhibitions and photo festivals. In 2013 all five finalists for Smedia Photographer of the Year were from Griffith College.

Certificate in Photography Course Overview
Year 1 Core Subjects
Semester 2
Applied Photography
Digital Photography
History of Art & Photography
Photographic Techniques
Semester 1
Practical Photography
Research & Writing Skills
Ways of Seeing
Entry Requirements
General Requirements

Certificate in Photography


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.


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

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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.

Please Note: A registration fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 5,400.00
EU living Abroad: 
EUR 6,500.00
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR 9,000.00
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR 9,000.00
Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 4, 350.00
How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years of age on 1st of January, 2016 must apply through the CAO system Please consult the CAO website for information on important dates for 2016 applications.

Applicants over 23 years of age on 1st January, 2016 (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 before the 21st September 2016. Part-time Applicants that are under 23 years on Jan 1st 2016 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.

Academic Progression: 

Graduates of this photography course may advance to further study at degree level. You can go directly into Year 2 of our BA in Photographic Media. 

Past students on our one year programme have successfully entered the photographic industry directly. Some photography students choose to do one year, gain some industry experience, returning to complete their degree within five years of study. The College has often been complimented by the Irish Professional Photographers’ Association on the calibre of our graduates.

Certificate in Photography Academic Progression
Career Progression: 

Many graduates of this course have successfully set up their own studios and are actively gaining work in the commercial and social genres of the industry. 

The photography Certificate is an excellent stepping stone to the BA in Photographic Media (advancing to stage 2 once the Certificate is successfully completed) with many students opting for this as the BA offers extensive professional practice and exhibition and business experience.

Certificate in Photography Course - Career Progression

Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about this course, please do not hesitate in contacting a member of our admissions team.