Certificate in Digital Photography

Course Description

New for 2023 – This established course now offers QQI certification upon completion. 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, looking at composition, light and portraiture to help you learn what makes a great photograph.  

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

This is a practical course where we will also 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.

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 a recognised English test result or qualified by experience e.g. where an individual has been working in an English speaking environment for 12 months +.


On successful completion, you will be awarded a QQI Lvl 6 micro credential  Certificate in Digital Photography for Beginners. (10 ECTS credits)

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;

10-week Associate Certificate in Fashion or Graphic or Interior Design

1-year Certificate in Fashion or Graphic or Interior Design

BA in Graphic Design  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 Saturday 28th January 2023 (Day)
Duration 8 weeks
Study Mode Part-Time Day (PTD)
Delivery Mode Part-Time Day: In-class
Class Schedule Saturdays In-class: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Fees €750
Accreditation QQI Lvl 6 microcredential (10 ECTS credits)

Student Work

Student Work