Schools Photography Programme
The Longford Schools Photography Programme is an exciting photographic educational programme developed under the auspices of the Midland College of Photography.
The objective of the Programme is to train students to:
- develop their visual awareness/their powers of observation,
- to understand the physical mechanics of the digital camera
- to understand the techniques of portrait, still life and landscape photography.
- to point interested students towards careers in the burgeoning photography and digital multi-media industry
- to encourage students to develop an interest in a positive and enjoyable creative pastime.
Students are shown the additional skills and techniques of;
- down-loading digital images to a computer,
- creating files, storing and transmitting visual images
- uploading images to dedicated school pages on this website.
County Longford VEC Adult Education provided the necessary camera bank and the County Arts Office supported the appointment of local Longford photographer Shelley Corcoran as Photographer in Residence. Shelley is a BA Fine Art (Photography) graduate from the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology. She has established her own photography practice in Longford, she works with the local media, and has extensive teaching experience.
Five secondary schools are actively involved in the programme. The schools stretch from Moyne Community School, Ardscoil Phadraig and Cnoc Mhuire Granard in the north of the county through Templemichael Community College and Scoil Mhuire in Longford town, to the Mercy Convent Ballymahon in the south of the county. Each school has scheduled a two-hour class once a week.
The students enjoy class-based and outdoor photography as will attend exhibitions in the National Gallery of Photography, the National Photographic Archive.
View the work of current and past students of the program:
Each year's program culminates in an annual awards ceremony. View photos from previous ceremonies: