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.

Applications Open 
A Rolling Deadline is in place
Award University Certificate in Photography and Digital Imaging
Credits/Level: 30 ECTS, Level 7 NFQ
Admission Requirements: Age 21 on January 1st 2023, Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent, an introductory photography course such as an NCAD short summer course and a completed application form including a short statement of interest
Portfolio: See portfolio brief below
Duration: 25 weeks autumn to spring,
2 x evenings per week
Fee 2022 - 2023: €1,800 payable in two instalments, September and January
Programme Code: AD096

Watch the PDI presentation below

AD096 PDI Programme Specification

Click here for the 2023 Digital Portfolio Brief


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Students are required to have access to a computer and WiFi
Term starts the week of 18th September, 2023

AD096 PDI Modules 

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


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


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 which went up during lockdown on hoardings across Dublin: The Positive Space @ThePSIreland including @AislingMcCoy


PDI graduates have progressed to various Fine Art BA pathways in NCAD as well as the BA in photographic Media at Griffith College Dublin and beyond.


Niamh Smith (Dublin), Home, Soft Focus Life, Cocooning, Shortlisted for the 2020 Zurich Portrait Prize. This is Niamh’s second nomination in 2 years.
Graduate of CEAD Photography and Digital Imaging, 2017.
Progressed to Ulster University Belfast School of Arts MFA in Photography.

Shane Hynan, selected for the Emerging Artist Solo Exhibition Award for 2020 through Arts in Co Kildare (Kildare Arts Service) and Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge.
Graduate of CEAD Photography and Digital Imaging, 2017.
Progressed to Ulster University Belfast School of Arts  MFA in Photography.

Joe Marner, just published a book with the Library Project 
Graduate of CEAD Photography and Digital Imaging, 2020
Joe is set to study a BA in Photography in Rotterdam in 2020-21 

Gerry Blake, RHA AWARD for Best emerging photographer
Gerry has also showed at the Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire where he also runs a photographic course  

Jeanette Lowe, Taylor Wessing Prize Finalist
Jeanette Lowe 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


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 PhotoIreland2016 photoireland.org

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