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Higher Certificate in Photography

This programme has been designed to be delivered over 2 years on a full-time basis. We will cover the fundamentals of photography, how to use the camera, lighting, and composition. You will learn which lenses are best to use in different situations. We will explore a wide range of subject matter from big dramatic wide-angle landscapes, tight, dynamic sports shots, right down to extreme close-up photography.

Taking the photograph is just the first step — post-processing the images is just as important. You will learn how to use Photoshop and other software in detail, enhancing and manipulating your images. Your second year will culminate in an exhibition of your best work.

Course facts

2 Years for level 6 Higher Certificate

Five great reasons to apply

  1. Fully equipped Photo studio with Glide system
  2. Large range of Canon dSLR cameras, lenses and accessories
  3. Experienced Lecturing staff
  4. Close relationship with Lecturers
  5. Professionally equipped post-production suites

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Higher Certificate in Photography:
What will I study? Year 1

Higher Certificate in Photography:
What will I study? Year 1

In first year we will cover the fundamentals of photography, technical instruction in use of camera, lighting, and composition. We will be working both in the studio and on location. You will learn how to use industry standard software to enhance, manipulate and manage your images. We will also examine the history and development of photography.

Semester 1

Visual Enquiry 1
Visual Enquiry 2
Fundamentals of Photography
Communication Skills

Semester 2

Photography 1: Motion
Photography 2: still
Digital Workflow
History of Photography 1

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Higher Certificate in Photography:
What will I study? Year 2

Higher Certificate in Photography:
What will I study? Year 2

In year 2 we will continue to develop your knowledge and understanding of the role of photography, with theory supporting the practical modules. We will work in a range of photographic areas from product and portrait through to fashion, sport and wildlife photography.

The programme finishes with a photographic exhibition and accompanying portfolio website.

Semester 3

Photography 3 — Pre-visualisation
Photography 4 — Narrative and Documentary
Professional Practice
History of Photography 2

Semester 4

Photography Project
Post Processing
Digital Portfolio
Photography Theory

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Higher certificate in Photography:
Career Opportunities

Higher certificate in Photography:
Career opportunities

The role of the photographer has evolved in recent years. While there is still demand for photography in print, demand in the digital space has increased dramatically. Photography has become much more accessible with the availibility of digital cameras and digital tools.

Our course will show you how to take high quality images of a wide range of subjects such as portrait, sports, fashion, products and landscapes. You will learn how to manage and edit your photographs. You may also continue in Higher education. To this end an add on year for a level 7 Degree is currently in development.

Typical careers include —

Commercial and Industrial Photography
Photography for Visual Arts Practice
Multimedia
Print and Electronic Media
Photojournalism and editorial work

Our programme is brand new, with our first students just started in September 2015. Photography has had a long history within our department, however. Below are some of our graduates from our Visual Communications course who have pursued a career in Photography.

Michael McLaughlin

Owner/Photographer
Michael McLaughlin Studios
Wesport
IPPA Photographer of the year 2015
FEP european Photographer of the year 2015

Ronan Hurley

Owner/Photographer
Gobsmacked Media
Dublin

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Higher certificate in Photography:
How do I apply?

Higher certificate in Photography:
How do I apply?

Applications are made through the CAO system.
Apply before Jan 20th - fee €20
1st Feb is the normal closing date - fee €40
1st May is the final closing date - online fee €50
22nd August - Round 1 offers

Minimum entry requirements

You should have grade D3 or better in at least 5 subjects in the Leaving Certificate, including either Irish or English. Maths is not required.

You must have either Leaving Certificate Art or Design Communication Graphics or equivalent or will be required to submit a portfolio of photography related work.

You can find more information here.

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