Certificate in Digital Photography

Course Description

New for 2023 – QQI certification achieved upon completion of Certificate Digital Photography. In this 8-week photography course for beginners, you will learn to get the most from your camera. We will look at camera functions and professional workflow methods, composition, light and portraiture to help you learn what makes a great photograp

Why study with us?
  • 25 Years experience providing design education
  • Mature student friendly
  • State accredited Institution
  • Strong industry connections
  • Design education taught by experienced design professionals
  • Part time/ full time/ in class/ online options
  • High rates of graduate employment
  • Award Winning Institute
  • Range of payment plans available
Course Content

Certificate in Digital Photography is a practical course where you will look at post-production techniques using industry standard software like Photoshop and Lightroom to perfect your images and build up a solid portfolio of work.

Course Content
Photographic Techniques and Camera Functions

You will be introduced to photography through a series of workshop style tutorials and discussions. You will be shown examples of photographic techniques and styles to begin to develop your own personal approach to the subject. You will look at the functions of the camera, and how to adjust for lighting, and get to grips with exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO. You will also be shown lighting set-ups using tripods, flashes and different lenses to achieve photographic goals.

Composition, Portraiture and Abstract Photography

Your lecturer will demonstrate how to compose your shots to achieve the best compositional outcomes. You will use what you learn here to create engaging and powerful portraiture using a live model to practice with. You will also look at macro-photography to build a collection of abstract photographic outcomes.

This live shoot allows you to critically think while working through a shoot to ensure you make the most of what can be a models or clients valuable time.

Post-Production Techniques

Using industry standard software you will bring your images into Lightroom and Photoshop to refine your original work. Much of the work of professional photographers relies on a good grasp if editing and post techniques to move your images from simply good to deeply powerful.

Admissions Requirements

The main entry requirement for this course is that applicants must have a camera (not an automatic). This can be a DLSR camera or even the use of a mobile with a camera phone which has settings that can control shutter speed, aperture and ISO, and basic computer skills to work with software, to open files, save documents. Applicants aged under 23 must have successfully completed the Leaving Certificate/a comparable secondary school examination, or hold another qualification at Level 5 or higher on the National Framework for Qualifications (NFQ). Mature applicants are welcome and highly valued at the Institute and can be admitted based on prior learning and work experience.

We have a robust Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy in place to support mature learners. For more information on our approach, please contact our Admissions Team by email at: admissions@dublindesign.ie or by telephone on 01 6790286


Course fees are to be paid in full prior to the course start date. If you have any queries relating to fees or payment please email or call us on 01 679026.

Language Requirements

We welcome international students to our courses. If English is not your first language, evidence of proficiency is required. This can be provided through the successful completion of a recognised English language test e.g. IELTS/TOEFL/Cambridge Exams/DET. In addition to language test results, the Institute also recognises language qualification by experience e.g., where an individual has been working or studying in English or in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of 12 months.


Upon successful completion, you will be awarded the QQI-accredited Certificate in Digital Photography. This minor award/microcredential carries 10 ECTS credits and is a Level 6 qualification on Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). QQI is Ireland’s official state higher education awarding body.

Please note that a valid PPS (Personal Public Service) number is required by QQI for certification. Without a valid PPS number, certificates may not be issued.

Progression Options

This course has been structured to create and support progression pathways for you in your studies. Upon successful completion of this course, there are many options for you to progress. You could consider an array of courses with us across Fashion, Graphic and Interior Design as well as a diverse range of study and delivery modes part-time, full-time, online and in-class.

We encourage our students to look at short courses as stepping stone options to other courses including nationally accredited, internationally recognised degree programmes. You can continue your studies with us through to 10-Week Certificate Introduction or 1-year Certificates in Fashion or Graphic or Interior Design

Career Opportunities

This 8-week course allows you to get to grips with Digital Photography, providing you with insights and practical skills to apply to your projects. This course is intended to help you up-skill or add an additional skillset to your CV

Practical Matters      

Once you have registered for a course, additional information will be provided to you in our ‘Enrolled Student Information Packs’. This pack includes reading lists, materials lists and any other course specific information or equipment that may be required.

For courses taking place online, please make sure you have access to a computer or laptop, Wi-Fi and that you can access Microsoft Teams.

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At a Glance

Start Date 8th July 2023
Duration 8 weeks
Study Mode Part-Time Day
Delivery Mode In-class Delivery
Class Schedule Saturdays 10.00am – 4.00pm
Fees €750
Accreditation QQI Level 6 Microcredential (10 ECTS credits)

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