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Darkroom Photography: Mastering the Basics

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    Part time

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    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this course is unable to run this Semester.

Course summary

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the art and techniques of traditional black and white film photography and to the darkroom techniques involved in film processing and making photographic prints. It is suitable for both beginners and for those with experience of using an analogue camera and darkroom equipment. The course is grounded in practical instruction to enable the student to make informed artistic choices when creating photographic images. Students are introduced to the single-lens reflex (SLR) analogue camera and lenses and explore how the camera operates. Students are expected to develop effective and appropriate work practices through practical experience in the darkroom. The course also explores the principles of photography within its contemporary and historical contexts. Students will be expected to give time to taking photographs outside of class hours for group analysis and discussion within class time.


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All part-time programmes at CIT CCAD will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.


Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2020-2021 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.


Course fee of €240 must be paid before attending lectures. For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students


Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this course is unable to run this Semester.


This course is offered by the CIT CCAD Department of Fine Art & Applied Art, and is located at the Sharman Crawford Street Campus, Cork, Wednesdays: 6.30pm - 9.00pm - Semester One
Lecturer: Darran McCrann


Award: CIT: Single Module Certification, 5 ECTS Credits at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications

Module Title: Darkroom Photography: Introduction

Students have an opportunity to submit their work for assessment should they wish to gain the CIT: Single Module Certification for this course.

Please Note: There will be a local field trip during the early stage of the course for approximately the duration of a class, two and a half hours. Details will be confirmed during the first week of the course.


Tutor profile

Darran McCrann (Artist name: Darn Thorn) was born in Sligo, Ireland and holds a MA in Fine Art from Monash University, Australia. He has exhibited in Australia, China, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, UK & USA. A studio holder at Spike Island, UK (2010-13), he recently exhibited in EVA International (Limerick, 2018), the touring exhibition 2116 (Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork & Broad Art Museum MI, USA, 2016-17), FORMAT International Photography Festival, (Derby, UK, 2013) and Bristol Biennial (2012). Recent solo exhibitions include Omega Point (BAG Studios, Cork, 2018) & Arcadia in Grey (Sirius Art Center, Cobh, 2015).


He has lectured in Photography at numerous institutions in Melbourne, Australia including the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University. Since returning to Ireland he has worked with Crawford College of Art and Design (Cork) and The Darkroom (Dublin). Recent residencies include Struts Gallery (NB, Canada, 2016) and Fire Station Artists Studios (Dublin, 2014). Since 2013, Darren has lived in Cork where he holds a studio at Backwater Artists Group.


Location: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork.


Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this course is unable to run this Semester.



  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay the course fee of €240 online if a place on a course is offered.
  • Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay the course fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.









For Course Enquiries, please email CIT CCAD Office
021 4335222