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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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Art & Design Portfolio with Graphic Design

Course Code(s):  5M1984 AGDX
QQI Award Code:  5M1984 Art, Craft and Design
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Limerick College of Further Education

Limerick College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1984 AGDX
QQI Award Code 5M1984 Art, Craft and Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This intensive 1 year, full-time programme offers a foundation in Art and Design portfolio preparation with an emphasis on Graphic Design. Learners use a variety of media within the area of Art and Design, combining traditional skills and new computer technologies in a creative environment. Industry standard computer software is used. This programme can lead to Advanced Art (Level 6) and can also lead to further studies at third level colleges in Ireland and abroad.

What will you Study?

This intensive 1 year, full-time programme offers a foundation in Art and Design portfolio preparation with an emphasis on Graphic Design. Learners use a variety of media within the area of Art and Design, combining traditional skills and new computer technologies in a creative environment. Industrystandard computer software is used. This programme can lead to Advanced Art (Level 6) and can also lead to further studies at third level colleges in Ireland and abroad.

Typical Modules; Drawing, Life Drawing, Printmaking, Design, Painting, Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Ceramics, Communications and Work Experience.
Drawing 5N1862
Life Drawing 5N1862
Printmaking 5N1373
Design
Painting 5N1302
Graphic Design
Digital Photography 5N1270
Ceramics 5N0759
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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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