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Design - Common Entry

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Common Entry with named award options: Animation, Digital Film & Video, Graphic & Digital Design, Fashion with Promotion.

This programme has been designed to provide students, who know they want to study some aspect of art/design at third level but are unsure as to which specific area, with the opportunity to take modules in Animation, Digital Film & Video, Graphic & Digital Design, Fashion with Promotion, as well as core art/design modules, before having to choose which area to specialise in for their Level 8 Degree.

The first semester of the programme is common to all students. The module entitled Programme Fundamentals will afford equal exposure to Animation, Digital Film & Video, Graphic & Digital Design and Fashion with Promotion to enable them make an informed choice as regards their preferred specialism in semester two.

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Arts, Communications Graphics or Portfolio will be acceoted for entry. 

Portfolios will be assessed annually in May for entry in September.

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LY408 - Design - Common Entry
Letterkenny IT - LYIT

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LY408 - Design - Common Entry
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
ACADX  5M1940  Computer Aided Design
ACXXX  5M1981  Creative Craft
AACDX  5M1984  Art, Craft and Design
AAXXX  5M1985  Art
AGDXX  5M1995  Graphic Design
EPXXX  5M2094  Photography
EMMPX  5M2146  Multimedia Production
ADESX  5M2208  Design
  5M5048  Creative Media
AIDXX  5M5054  Interior Design
ETFPX  5M5158  Film and Television Production
EMMWD    Multimedia and Web Development

Essential Module Requirements:
Three Distinctions

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Graduates from this programme will be diverse and equipped with a skill set that is hugely in demand both regionally, nationally and internationally. Graduates, depending on their choice of specialism, may find employment in the following roles:

Animation - Storyboard Artist; 2D Animator; 3D Animator; Special Effects Artist; Character Design; Environment Designer;

Digital Film & Video - Pre-production designer; On location Film Crew member – Camera / Sound; Post production editor; Special Effects Producer; Independent film/video producer

Graphic & Digital Design - Graphic Designer; Advertising and Art Director; UX/UI/IxD; Web Designer; Interactive Media Designer; Motion Graphics Designer; Print and Publishing Designer; Freelance design and illustration.

Fashion with Promotion - Fashion Design and Maker; E-Tailer; Visual PR consultant for a fashion company (maintaining a strong visual communication through moving image, graphics and photography within the media industry and online); Fashion Stylist, Shoot and Production Assistant; Visual Merchandising; Fashion photographer/filmmaker; Fashion Advertising and Marketing Assistant; Fashion Illustrator; Fashion Blogger; Fashion Trends Forecaster; Fashion buyer.

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