Photographic Studies

(Level 5)


QQI Photography Level 5, Code 5M2094


The QQI Level 5 programme for the Photographic Studies course is designed to provide students with an introductory grounding in all aspects of photographic practice. Students progress through a series of workshops and lectures aimed at increasing their awareness of image making from concept to final production.

Upon successful completion of this course students will have the option of progression to QQI Level 6 Photographic Studies, and will have compiled a portfolio suitable for application to Third Level education.


Code Title
5N1278 History of Photography and visual Culture
5N1270 Digital Photography
5N1538 Photography Techniques
5N4340 Digital Studio Photography
5N0690 Communications
5N0757 Traditional Black & White Photography
5N1271 Documentary Photography
5N1298 Media Analysis
5N1292 Image Processing
5N1365 Work Experience


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Photographic Studies L5


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

Contact Details

Tel: 021 4255500

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate (LC Established, LCVP or LCA) or equivalent

For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.


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

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.


Education Progression Opportunities

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

CIT: CR220

LIT: LC110

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

WIT: WD137, WD152


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


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.