CEAD University Certificate in Photography and Digital Imaging

The University Certificate in Photography and Visual Investigation (PDI) one year part-time course offers students an opportunity to explore the creative possibilities of photography within contemporary visual art and design practice.

Award University Certificate in Photography and Digital Imaging
Credits/Level 30 ECTS, Level 7 NFQ
Admission Requirements Age 21 before January 2024, Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent, English proficiency, a foundational, introductory, non credit photography course, a portfolio, a short Statement of Interest and a completed application form
Portfolio See Portfolio Brief Below
Duration 25 weeks approx autumn to spring, 2 x evenings per week
Fee 2024-2025 €1,800 payable in two instalments, September and January
Programme Code AD096
Application Deadline 8 July 2024

Watch the PDI Presentation Below

Digital Portfolio Brief 2024 

Statement of Interest

Please write a Statement of Interest (200 word approximately), as part of your application on why you want to study the University Certificate in Photography and Digital Imaging. Save the file as a PDF. Title the PDF, and also include on the top of your Statement of Interest, your name, course code and the year of application, example, Joe Bloggs, AD096 2024

Application Notes

Bookings to be made in the student name and details only
Bookings are online only
If you have been at NCAD previously use your MyNCAD account
To reset your password contact studentrecords@student.ncad.ie and include your name, date of birth and 8 digit student ID/reference number
New Students click to apply below, then select New Account & keep your password safe
Please note that all students are required to have access to a computer, Internet and be familar with Canvas (Canvas is a college information system and its easy)
Classes start week of 16th September 2024
PDI classes run 6.15pm to 9pm 
Code Module Name  Credits  Semester
6.15 to 9pm
CEAD1030 Materials and Techniques 5 1 Tuesday & Thursday
CEAD1031 Photographic Concepts 5 1 Tuesday & Thursday
CEAD1032 Theories & Themes in Crirtical Cultures 5 1 Tuesday & Thursday
CEAD1033 Research and Practice 10 2 Tuesday & Thursday
CEAD1002 Professional Practice 1 5 2 Tuesday & Thursday

AD096 PDI Programme Specification

PDI Tutors

David Monahan   davidmonahan.eu
Artur Sikora   artursikora.com
Robert Ellis  robeftellis.eu
Orla Fitzpatrick  https://jacolette.wordpress.com

PDI Graduate Work

All of our 2020 graduates are featured on this platform: https://www.source.ie/graduate/2020/naticollce/naticollce_index.php
Several of our former students were featured in the exhibition on hoardings across Dublin over lockdown: The Positive Space @ThePSIreland including @AislingMcCoy

PDI Progression

A key pillar of CEAD programmes is Progression within arts and design education. On successful completion of the Photography and Digital Imaging certificate, students are eligible to apply to the part-time Higher Diploma in Art. Higher Diploma in Art graduates are then eligible to apply, via advanced entry, to the final year of NCAD's undergraduate BA Degree studies.

PDI Alumni

Niamh Smith, shortlisted for the 2020 Zurich Portrait Prize; Niamh’s second nomination in 2 years
Niamh progressed to Ulster University Belfast School of Arts MFA in Photography
Shane Hynan, selected for the Emerging Artist Solo Exhibition Award for 2020 through by Kildare Arts Service and Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
Progressed to Ulster University Belfast School of Arts  MFA in Photography
Joe Marner, book pubished with the Library Project
Joe studied a BA in Photography in Rotterdam in 2020 to 2021
Gerry Blake, RHA AWARD for Best emerging photographer
Gerry has also showed at the Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire
Jeanette Lowe, Taylor Wessing Prize Finalist
Jeanette is a photographic artist who is probably best known for her studies of inner-city Dublin communities and architecture. She has exhibited extensively in Ireland and internationally
Erin Quinn, Hennessy Port Prize Finalist
Erin has also had solo shows at The Talbot Gallery and Studios and showed in several RHA summer shows

PDI Visiting Lecturers

Mandy O’Neill  Visiting lecturer Mandy O’Neill won the Zurich Portrait Prize in 2016, the first photographer to win this prize http://www.mandyoneill.ie/
Pete Smith  Made a compelling presentation on his recent show and book local (Rua Red and The Gallery Of Photography) 2020
Shane Lynam  In 2019 presented on the process of making a book, project the book being the fantastic, Fifty High Seasons  http://www.shanelynamphoto.com/
Vukasin Nedeljković  Spoke about his project, exhibition and book,  Asylum Archive in 2018 http://www.asylumarchive.com/
Angel Luis Gonzalez  PhotoIreland Festival and The Library Project spoke about all things PhotoIreland 2016 photoireland.org

More Information

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