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Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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GC491
Art and Design

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in this level.

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This Art and Design foundation course introduces the learner to a broad range of areas in the discipline of Art & Design. It is a interdisciplinary programme of study over one academic year that encourages exploration and experiment with different art and design disciplines & media.

It is also to introduces the learner to a broad range of design disciplines before choosing their pathway in Interior Design/ Architecture, Fashion & Textiles, Graphic design & Illusration and Animation. It also allows students a pathway onto a level 8 award.

The key abilities which contribute to successful individual participation on the programme have been identified as: creativity in design; competence in communication in a variety of media; an ability to draw; technical understanding; and organisation. 

Candidates are expected to have a keen interest in: the cultural and social factors in design; creative expression and innovation; and to have a capacity for both independent work and teamwork. 

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Students who complete this course can progress onto year one of the BA (Hons) in Fashion Design, the BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture, BA (Hons) in Animation or the BA (Hons) in Design Communications.



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Textiles, Jewellery & Objects National College of Art and Design - NCAD 
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