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Paul Dowling

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  Paul Dowling
Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
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DN100
Architecture

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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 HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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Architecture is the art and science of planning, designing, and overseeing the construction of a building which is affordable and functional for the user. Architecture is now a 3-year B.Sc degree, followed by an additional 2-year Masters (M.Arch). This programme is accredited by the RIAI and RIBA UK.

The coursework is split between project work in a studio environment, and lectures which cover theoretical areas including technological, cultural and managerial.

A period of study abroad is encouraged during the course.


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Length of Course: 3 Years (BSc) (Hons) + 2 Years (March)


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The BSc (Architectural Science) degree programme leads to the Master of Architecture (MArch) degree programme and is geared primarily towards the architectural profession. Most MArch graduates go into architectural practice or go on to further academic study in architecture or related subjects.

There are numerous options including setting up independently or working as part of a team in a small or large practice. There are also opportunities within the architectural sections of a government department or semi-state body or commercial organisations. 

Specialist areas include: design, technology, architectural conservation or project management. The skills of an architecture graduate are transferable and portable and many architects also become involved in projects or work abroad. Some architects also work in other areas such as planning, heritage site management, landscape, art and culture, or academic research and education.

After two years of approved postgraduate practical experience, holders of the Master of Architecture Degree may take the examination for the Certificate in Professional Practice and Practical Experience. Graduates who have passed this exam are entitled to exemption from the examinations in Professional Competence of the RIAI and the RIBA Part 3 and qualify for membership of these institutes.

For those who not continue with the MArch programme, the BSc qualification provides an opportunity to pursue associated professions such as landscape architecture, planning or research, and also an option to transfer into other areas of study.



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