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Professional Photography

Course Code(s):  6M3732
QQI Award Code:  6M3732 Photography
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Westport College of Further Education

Westport College of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code 6M3732
QQI Award Code 6M3732 Photography
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This professional photography Level 6 course is about photography as a business - for those that see photography as a profession and wish to work as professional photographers or incorporate these visual skills in a career in the media, design, science, business, third world development projects etc. This professional photography course is divided equally into workshop style lectures with demonstrations and practical photography commercial and lifestyle assignments in exiting locations. The emphasis is on practical experience with 'real life' type photographic assignments. On local field trips the students are encouraged to engage in landscape photography focusing on the special light and the artistic structures, shapes and tones of the shores and Islands of Clew Bay.

What will you Study?

History of Photography 6N3730
Fashion Photography 6N3611
Digital Photography 6N3589
Advertising Photography 6N3726
Fine Art Photography 6N3449
Portrait Photography 6N3694
Communications 6N1950
Work Experience 6N1946
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

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EPHOT 6M3732

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