Photography & Digital Imaging - with Portfolio Preparation (PHOTO5 - 5M2094)


Course Duration One Year Full-time

Leads to NFQ Level 5 QQI Award in Photography

Established over 25 years, the Photography course has a well-earned reputation for producing high quality graduates. Designed to provide an exciting and comprehensive introduction to those with an interest in Photography, it will help to increase each student’s knowledge and confidence as a photographer.

Throughout the course students will investigate various aspects of Digital Photography as well as more Traditional Methods.

One of the main aims of the course is to prepare a comprehensive portfolio that will help students in progressing to higher education.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should be able to demonstrate an existing interest in Photography and, when called for interview, should bring a selection of their own work (15–20 images).


On completion, students will have a strong Portfolio of images that will direct them towards employment or entry into 3rd level courses. Students may also apply through the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of courses at universities and colleges of technology.

Examples of possible progression routes:

  • BA (Honours) in Photography and Visual Media – IADT (DL833)
  • BA (Honours) in Photography - TUD (TU976)
  • BA (Honours) Media Production and Digital Arts - TUD (TU982)
  • BA (Honours) in Communication Studies - DCU (DC131)
  • BA (Honours) in Film – IADT (DL843)
  • BA (Honours) in Television – IADT (DL844)
  • BA (Honours) in Design for Film – IADT (DL845)
  • BA (Honours) in New Media Studies - IADT (DL837)

Students also have the option to progress to the Level 6 Photography course offered in Stillorgan College of Further Education.

For full details of QQI requirements for progression to CAO courses please click here. Simply enter the code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code choose the Select by Institution option, then click on Go.

Course content:

  • Photographic Techniques
  • Digital Photography
  • Studio Portraiture
  • Documentary Photography
  • Black & White Printing/Processing
  • Narrative Photography
  • Visual Communications
  • Introduction to the History of Photography and Visual Culture
  • Image Processing - Photoshop CC
  • Work Experience
  • Communication Skills

Course Cost:

In response to the cost-of-living crisis, we are implementing a significant reduction in fees for all domestic (EU, EEA, Stamp 4) students undertaking a PLC course in the upcoming academic year. All charges, excluding a nominal, non-refundable, registration charge of €50, will be waived.


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