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Photography / Grianghrafadóireacht

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Photography

2022 CAO Points: 671*

*This includes score from portfolio submission (maximum score 600)

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



Other Grade Requirements
Submission of Portfolio

QQI/FET Requirements:

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Level 5:
Any full Level 5 award



Level 6: Full level 6 award in a relevant discipline AND PORTFOLIO

Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants:

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

The arrival of affordable digital cameras has stimulated widespread interest in photography, presenting the professional photographer with both new opportunities and challenges.

This course will prepare you for a career in professional photographic media practice, as well as the broader visual arts sector. It will equip you with key skills, while encouraging you to reflect on your actions and practices.

There are three main strands: Critical Studies (Visual Studies, History, Theory and Criticism); Photographic Practice, and Professional Studies (Study Skills, Law, and Business). The Critical Studies will develop your understanding of the context of media and visual arts production, while fostering intellectual enquiry into the nature of society and culture. The practice modules are underpinned by theoretical study of photographic technologies and images in the social and institutional context in which the photographer operates.

The wide variety of career opportunities include commercial and industrial photography (ranging from medical to fashion), photography as visual arts practice, multimedia, print and electronic media, photojournalism and editorial work. Others pursue careers in education and postgraduate research.

Check our Instagram feed to see what Photography students are working on right now.

  • Advertising/Editorial Photographer
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Food Photographer
  • Forensic Photographer
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Industrial Photographer
  • Medical Illustrator/Clinical Photographer
  • Picture Researcher/Editor
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Press Photographer
  • Wedding and Event Photographer
  • Photographic Practice 1: Making Images
  • Photographic Practice 2: Designing Images
  • Photographic Practice 3: The Magazine
  • Visual Studies 1
  • Visual Studies 2
  • Digital Media Tools
  • Introduction to Academic Writing
  • Introduction to Media Theory

Critical Studies: Incorporating - Visual Studies, History, Theory and Criticism.  This area enables students to analyse and account for the ways in which photography permeates all spheres of human experience and activity. The history modules put into context photographic representation and its function in technological, cultural and social change. Students work with materials to examine and reflect on the nature and meaning of the photographic image in different contexts.

Photographic Practice: Students acquire technical photographic skills through challenging project briefs. These assignments are designed to explore all aspects of photographic practice, including the genres of photography; the range of image formats; meeting or subverting audience expectations; the contexts in which photographic media operate; as well as encouraging students to experiment with the medium of photography as a form of investigation, communication and representation.

Professional Studies: Incorporating - Study Skills, Law, and Business

  • Photographic Practice 4: Narrative
  • Photographic Practice 5: Compositing Techniques
  • Photographic Practice 6: Contemporary Documentary
  • Photographic Practice 7: from Studio to Street
  • Photography, Theory, and Criticism 1
  • Photography, Theory, and Criticism 2
  • Histories of Photography
  • Media Ethics/Editorial Photography
  • The Photography Archive
  • Introduction to Digital Media Techniques

Some modules are core (compulsory); others are optional.

  • Photographic Practice 8: The Photobook
  • Photography, Theory, and Criticism 3
  • Photographic Practice 10: Self-Directed Project
  • Photographic Practice 11: Advanced Printing
  • Curating Photography
  • Law for Photographers
  • Dissertation Research
  • Option modules from the School of Media  
  • Photographic Practice 12: Major Project
  • Dissertation
  • Photographic Practice 13: Portfolio

Advanced Entry applications are accepted to this course. For further information on how to make an Advanced Entry application, please visit our CAO Hub. A full list of courses open for Advanced Entry are listed on the CAO website.

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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