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Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

BioPharmachem Ireland

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Fergus O'Connell
A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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Art Portfolio Preparation

Course Code(s):  KA
QQI Award Code: 
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Bray Institute of Further Education

Bray Institute of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code KA
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course caters to those applying to third level colleges in order to pursue a career in Art, Craft and Design. It is an intensive year suited to those who are prepared to commit to high work levels in and out of institute hours and short deadlines. The course reinforces an independent work ethic and encourages learners to take initiative.

Through a range of problem solving tasks, practical and conceptual approaches to creativity are fostered. Self-motivation and personal commitment are essential. Due to the ambitious nature of the course, the work ethos and range of skills developed on the course will greatly benefit learners in further third level study. The aim of the course is to prepare a portfolio of the highest standard suitable for both Ireland and abroad.

What will you Study?

Drawing Skills
Painting
3D Studies
Combined Materials
Design Skills
Life Drawing
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

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