Photographic Studies

(Level 6)


QQI Photography Level 6, Code 6M3732


Photographic Studies QQI Level 6 programme is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the photographic medium. Students’ progress through a series of workshops and lectures aimed at increasing their perceptive awareness, which culminates in the individual’s ability to apply advanced techniques to concept, thereby producing visually successful and articulate work. This educational process also prepares future photographers to eloquently express their work practice when necessary. Upon completion of the Level 6 programme, students gain considerable experience by organizing a professional Graduate Exhibition at a recognized city centre venue.



Code Title
6N3730 History of Photography
6N5409 Documentary Practice
6N3725 Creative Darkroom
6N1950 Communications
6N3589 Digital Photography
6N3688 Directorial Photography (incorporating Critical Theory)
6N3731 The Art of Colour Photography
6N3449 Fine Art Photogtaphy
6N1946 Work Experience – Exhibition Organisation


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Photographic Studies L5


Fee Exemptions may apply ⇒
Materials €170
QQI Fee €80
Student Services €250
Other €50
Gov PLC Fee €200
TOTAL €750

Contact Details

Tel: 021 4255500

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 5 Award in Photography or in a related area is required.


One year full time with the option of progressing to Level 6


Two darkrooms fully equipped for B/W and colour printing. College Studio with professional lighting systems. Medium & large format cameras and digital cameras are provided by the college. Students need to provide their own 35mm SLR’s. Digital Suite and digital printing room. The department also runs a shop which sells materials to students at cost price.

Work Placement/Experience

Participants will be required to undertake 10 days of work placement in a relevant location. The College will assist participants in identifying suitable placements.

Career Opportunities

This course prepares students to progress to a broad range of employment areas within the photographic medium; from freelance work to running their own studio or business, to working as photojournalists or photo editors or artist-photographers. To date we have an almost 100% success rate for students progressing to further study at Third Level colleges in Ireland and abroad. Our students have gone on to have work published in magazines, to edit magazines, to publish books of their own work, to become artists and curators, and to successfully start and run their own businesses.

Education Progression Opportunities

UCC: CK101, CK105, CK107, CK108, CK109, CK113, CK117, CK118, CK210, CK301, CK307

LIT: LC110

WIT: WD137, WD152

DIT, Dún Laoghaire, LYIT: DT559; DL833; LY406

We advise you to consult the CAO website – and to confirm specific entry requirements for Higher Education Institutions.

QQI Level 6 awards may have advanced entry options into some Higher Education Institutions.


Isabela Szkowska…a photographer and documentarian. Her work has been an important part of the identity of the Cork scene in recent years. ‘’I went to study journalism – to be a music journalist – and photography, when I realised it was the language of the world. Went back to study photography in St. John’s Central College, here in Cork; that’s where it really started to shape – thanks to the best tutors on the planet…’’

Isabela Szkowska

Former St. John’s Central College Photography Student

Evening Echo

Thurs Jan 17th 2017