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Creative Craft and Design

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Central Technical Institute Senior College

Central Technical Institute Senior College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1981
QQI Award Code 5M1981 Creative Craft
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The Craft Course, at the CTI Senior College, offers a broad education in craft and design, in a welcoming environment. Providing a range of diverse craft skills, from traditional to contemporary, we cater for learners of all ages and craft experience. Centered on the disciplines of drawing and design, the curriculum creates opportunities for learners to realise their individual designs in ceramics, batik, print and paint. Craft suggests skill or technique - doing a job with careful attention to detail and discipline, and reflects the philosophy of the course. This course aims to offer a supportive surrounding where people who want to learn, be creative, have fun and discover new skills, talents, and depths within themselves can develop personal and career opportunities. Work Experience is a mandatory part of this course, where learners are introduced to the world of professional craft and design practice, in partnership with local and national stakeholders.

What will you Study?

Batik
Ceramics 5N0759
Communications 5N0690
Combined Materials 5N0764
Design
Drawing 5N1862
Painting 5N1302
Printed Textiles
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.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
ACXXX 5M1981

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Further Research

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Advertising Art Director   Photographic Technician / Processing Assistant  
Sculptor   Photographer  
Potter / Ceramicist   Costume Designer  
Illustrator - Technical / Medical   Architect - Conservation  
Craft Designer   Industrial Designer  
Ceramics Designer   Arts Administrator  
Digital Media Designer   Artist  
Screen Printer   Illustrator  
Textile Designer   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Typographer   CAD Technician  
Camera Operator   Furniture Designer / Maker  
Creative Director   Dressmaker  
Fashion Designer   Film / Video Editor  
Taxidermist   Architect  
Graphic Designer   Animator  
Packaging Designer   Interior Architect / Designer  
Ceramics Technologist   Textile Machinery Technician  
Textile Dyeing Technician   Textile & Fabric Operative  
Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery   French Polisher  
Shoe Repairer / Cobbler   Metal Engraver  
Musical Instrument Technician   Glassmaker  
Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith   Metal Fabricator  
Modelmaker   Draughtsperson  
Printer   Toolmaker  
Upholsterer   Woodturner / Woodmachinist  
Cabinet Maker   Bookbinder (Craft)  
Ergonomist   Instrument Craftsperson  
Teacher - Art and Design    Architectural Technician / Technologist  
Carpenter / Joiner   Production Designer - TV/Film  
Cartoonist   Theatre / Television Designer  
Milliner   Tattoo Artist  
Designer / Maker - Craft   Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson  
Blacksmith   Horologist  
Locksmith   Visual Merchandiser / Window Dresser  
Transport Design Engineer   Boat Builder  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Art, Craft & Design
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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