CEAD Part Time Certificate in Photography and Digital Imaging (P+DI)

This one year part-time course offers students an opportunity to extend their visual vocabulary and explore the creative possibilities of photography within contemporary visual art and design practice.

The course aims to:

  • Provide an in-depth understanding of practical photographic concepts;
  • Equip students with the skills they need to explore concepts and express ideas through photography;
  • Develop students’ knowledge of context and uses of photography within fine art, design and commercial situations;
  • Explore concepts and ideas informing the history of photography and visual culture.

Who is the course for?

The course is suited to adults and mature students with an interest in exploring ideas through photography. Students applying for this course should be willing to experiment with a range of photographic approaches/media and be committed to developing their own personal body of work.

Students accessing this course are required to have already completed an introductory course in photography and be able to demonstrate an understanding of black and white photographic techniques, and printing processes. They should have a basic knowledge of how an SLR 35mm and digital camera works.  A good level of computer literacy (i.e. a working knowledge of PC or MAC) is essential for students attending the course. Students with a background in art and design and related areas are welcome.

Overview of Content

The course will include instruction in: advanced and alternative dark room skills, printing processes, camera use, studio photography, digital photography and image manipulation. This knowledge, coupled with discussion and analysis, will help students locate current practice within the historic tradition of photography. Through a seminar programme students will be encouraged to engage critically with the profound changes in photographic media and to make pertinent choices in relation to how they use the photographic medium.  Students will undertake a historical and theoretical component and make use of the gallery and museum facilities in the vicinity of the college.

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for adults* and others with a commitment to lifelong learning. Typically students will have completed a Leaving Certificate or equivalent, have practical experience and knowledge of photography and photographic processes.  Students applying for the course should have access to their own computer, own a good, manual digital camera.  Applicants to an accredited course must be 23 years or over. Students are required to submit a portfolio.

Subjects Covered

Analogue photography, Studio Photography, Digital Imaging, Location/Offsite Photography, Visual Culture/History of Photography

Photographic concepts and techniques, analogue and studio photography, role of photographer in different contexts,
Digital concepts, imaging, manipulation,
Project work, ideas development, and resolution,
Visual Culture, history and themes in photography and visual culture

Application Process

Students will have to complete an online application form and submit a portfolio of images for the course.


Course Duration

The course takes place over 25 weeks in the evening from 6.15 until 9 pm two nights each week, typically a Tuesday and Thursday evening.  Total class based tutor contact time is approximately 140hrs, students will engage in as many hours of self-directed learning.


Continuous and formative assessment methods will be used in the course with students submitting material throughout the course, culminating in a summative presentation of a final project at the end of programme.  Both practical and written material will be submitted throughout the course.


Course co-ordinator:

David Monahan 

Course tutors:

Artur Sikora


More information:

Email: cead@staff.ncad.ie
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Tel: + 353 1 636 4214

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