Photographic Studies

Course Aim

Secure a qualification in this dynamic and fast moving sector. Gain a qualification to work in a visual industry with real rewards and influence people’s perceptions on a daily basis. It will cover general photographic theory, thought process in developing concepts for projects and practical training in all aspects of photography and video (DSLR and DRONE), resulting in the creation of a high quality portfolio.

Course Modules

  • Image Processing
  • Digital Photography
  • Photography Techniques
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Digital Movie Processing
  • Documentary Photography
  • Portrait Photography
  • Web Authoring
  • History of Photography and Visual Culture



5M2094 QQI Level 5 Photography


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.

Progression To Degrees

TU Dublin | Photography | Level 8
Ulster University | Photography with Video | Level 8
DkIT | Creative Media | Level 8
DkIT | Film and Television Production | Level 8
IADT | Photography | Level 8
LIT | Photography, Film, Video | Level 8


Career Opportunities

Graduates progress to employment in various areas including:

Commercial Photographer | Studio Photographer | Videographer| Photojournalist | Portrait Photographer | Sports Photographer | Advertising Photographer


Two main career options for students attending this course are to gain a place in a third level college such as the University of Ulster, TU Dublin, DkIT and Dún Laoghaire or to obtain employment in the field of photography. Students assemble a photographic portfolio of sufficient quality and visual variety to help them achieve a place in a third level college or to introduce themselves to a prospective employer. This course also benefits students who ultimately wish to pursue a career in another area, such as architecture or graphic design, where photographic skills would be a definite asset. Throughout the year students participate in a variety of photographic assignments concluding with an exhibition of their works.


I enjoyed all aspects on the course including Digital and Film Processing, Digital Movie Processing, History of Photography. There are excellent tutors and facilities with comprehensive notes. Following on from my year in Ó Fiaich Institute as a mature student, I received a place at Ulster University to study Photography and Video.

I would highly recommend this programme to anyone with an interest in visual media, be it stills photography or video production and for anyone wishing to pursue 3rd level education, a PLC course provides great preparation and insight to what lies ahead.

Liam Duffner
Liam Duffner
Photography Graduate, 2018

2021-22 Course Fees

  • Enrolment Fee
  • Student Registration
  • PLC Government Levy
  • Exam Fees
  • Specialist Course Fees


Note - Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the list of course fees.

€30 of Enrolment Fees are Non-Refundable. All fees subject to change.

Fee Exemptions

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the PLC Government Levy:

  • Medical Card/SUSI Grant/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from PLC Government Levy. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

  • Medical Card/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from QQI Exam Fees. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

Fee Payments

All fees must be paid online with a Credit/Debit card in advance of course commencement on 13th September 2021. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after 1st October 2021. All requests for refunds must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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