Advanced Certificate in Photography QQI Level 6 (6M3732)

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Photography students at Coláiste Dhulaigh CFE will build on previous experience to apply their skills in the areas of technique and vision to an advanced level suitable for employment or starting a business within the field.  Students are encouraged to blend artistic, documentary or journalistic work into a portfolio reflecting their own personal style.

This course gives students the opportunity to acquire the principles, techniques and creative skills needed for a career in the photography industry. The course interweaves acquiring digital and traditional skills for photography along with real world practical projects.

SCC winning self portrait by Prezemyslaw Zimowski

SCC Photography Competition Winning Self-portrait by Prezemyslaw Zimowski @Reznorek

Course Content

  • Studio Photography
  • Documentary Photography
  • Portraiture
  • The Art of Colour Photography
  • Digital Photography
  • Digital Imaging
  • Arts Event Management
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Communications

Media & photography students on a shoot

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate, QQI level 5 award in any creative discipline, Mature students are welcome to apply.

Applicants will automatically obtain a provisional offer on application, but all-level 6 applicants must meet with the course team to present a sample of creative work completed at level 5 or other. A level 5 certificate or other will be required at registration. CPD or work practice in art, design or other related disciplines will also be considered where a level 5 has not been obtained.

You will be notified in advance with a date and time to meet with the course team. This meeting will be held on our Raheny Campus.


Advanced Certificate in Photography QQI Level 6 (6M3732)

Career Opportunities

This course will provide the skills required to become a working photographer.  It will allow learners the opportunity to build a valuable portfolio of photographic material for entry into employment or as a freelance photographer.  There are employment opportunities in a variety of areas including Newspapers/Magazines, Advertising, Websites, Corporate Publications, Weddings, Family Occasions, Events etc.

Progression to Degree Level

QQI Level 6 Photography provides an ideal platform for graduates to apply for advanced entry to the  Degree programmes in Photography in DIT, IADT Dun Laoghaire or Griffith College among others (subject to portfolio submission).

Students can use this major award (6M3732) to apply to colleges through the CAO. See the list of colleges accepting this award as an entry requirement here.


One year

Course Charges

Year 1: €50*

Applicants in receipt of a Social Welfare payment will keep their payment whilst studying on the course under the Back to Education Allowance scheme.

Photography class on a trip