Photography at Griffith College

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Achieve your QQI Accredited Degree in Photographic Media

There’s never been a better time to study and earn a degree to progress your skills and business. The Griffith College Level 7 BA in Photographic Media is three years in duration. You can study full or part-time or build your qualification module by module in bite sized chunks.

Griffith College also offer a one-year QQI Level 6 Certificate in Photography. On completion, learners have the option to progress into year 2 of the BA in Photographic Media degree.

Learn with leading expert tutors with a wealth of both industry and teaching experience 

The Griffith College Photography department has been delivering courses for nearly twenty years with a team who have have decades of teaching and industry experience to create an engaging and rewarding learning environment.

Small On-campus Practical Classes with the Benefit of Guided Tuition 

The course delivers practice-based workshops with an action-based approach to teaching and learning so that you can learn by experience. Classes consist of small groups and 1:1 tutorials with the opportunity to gain ongoing feedback throughout the course.

Develop Your Skills and Brand in the Visual Media Industry 

This course will enable you to develop your professional and presentation skills. Build your brand, website, professional portfolio, initiate a business plan and develop your skills to create long term projects for self-published books and exhibition.

Cross Platform and Video Production 

Griffith College recognise the need for image makers to have the ability to work across different platforms and progress their skills as the industry progresses. The course offers Video Production as an elective in stage III of the programme. Griffith College students won the SMEDIA TV Production of the Year award twice for their documentaries and gained work for their projects. Students learn how to initiate a concept, shoot and edit the piece using Premiere Pro in our editing suits on campus. This is a key skill and extremely rewarding module. Some students study a one-off module to increase their skill set.

Advanced Entry and Stand-Alone Modules 

If you already have industry experience or have gained some qualifications previously, Griffith College will look at advancing your entry to either stage II or stage III of the course. Applicants seeking advanced entry should provide links to their work, transcripts and anything for consideration in the application process.

The part-time version of the course runs three evenings per week. Sometimes this is not possible to undertake. Griffith College offer students the chance to build their degree module by module. In this instance the college will help you to choose the modules you might take, perhaps one or two per semester. Each module is accredited and adds up to your final degree. This lends itself to the busy professional who can’t commit to a full year or three-year course up front.

Award Winning Programme  

Griffith College courses are industry recognised and multiple award winning. Griffith College photography students have won and been nominated for the most amount of SMEDIA (National Student Media Award) awards nationally. Griffith College students are eligible for the Inspirational Arts Award, RDS Arts Award, Jill Todd Award and the Gallery of Photography Graduate Award.   


Access our Photographic Resources 7-days per week

Students make use of 4 Fully Equipped Studios, industry standard scanners and printers, (Flextight + Epson), the Darkroom, and off-site equipment for loan. Griffith College use Apple hardware and the Creative Suite.


Griffith College Graduates’ work has been featured in the likes of; Harper’s Bazaar, Hot Press, Vogue, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, Irish Tatler, various Irish Wedding magazines, World Press Photo and National Geographic. Some are working as fashion photographers in New York and London. Graduates will be in a position to enter the photographic and related visual media industries including freelance practice. Griffith College graduates have also gone on to further studies, a degree will provide you with the necessary stepping stones to progress your qualification.  

Follow Griffith College on Social Media 

To keep up-to-date on news, course updates and see samples of our students’ and graduate work, you can find us Griffith College on Instagram and Facebook

  Mature applicants can apply for courses directly on Griffith College website here. Applicants under 23 must apply via the CAO.

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