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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 - Portfolio Preparation

Course Code(s):  5M1985
QQI Award Code:  5M1985 Art
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Galway Technical Institute

Galway Technical Institute
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1985
QQI Award Code 5M1985 Art
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a general foundation in art and design and the focus of this course is the development of your ability, skills and creativity. With a strong emphasis on drawing you will develop visual awareness and analytical thinking.

You will come to understand how art and design practice has developed and its position within today's society, culture and creative economy. The course structure is specifically designed to enable students to prepare a portfolio of artwork for entry to third level art and design colleges and to give expert support and guidance in making college choices. Please note there are two related courses now on offer Illustration & Model making: Design and Visual Communications: Design.

What will you Study?

Drawing 5N1862
Painting 5N1302
Sculpture 5N1918
Problem Solving 5N1615
Work Experience 5N1356
Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design 5N0755
Collage Techniques 5N0761
Printmaking 5N1373

Optional Modules:
Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.
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

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