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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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Furniture Design

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Bray Institute of Further Education

Bray Institute of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2012 DI
QQI Award Code 5M2012 Furniture Design and Making
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course equips learners with the essential skills of furniture design and making. There are practical classes using hand tools and machinery as well as drawing and design modules. Each student has the opportunity to develop skills so they can produce their own unique pieces of furniture. Learners have access to a design studio, a well-equipped woodwork room and workshop. This award provides a link to Furniture Design and Timber Technology programmes in Ireland through the CAO system. All learners can gain practical work experience and exhibit their work at the end-of-year Art & Design Exhibition in the Institute.

What will you Study?

Communications (5N0690)
Design Skills (5N0784)
Drawing (5N1862)
Appreciation of Art Craft & Design (5N0755)
Furniture Making (5N1275)
Wood Turning (5N1359)
Wood Finishing (5N1360)









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AFURX 5M2012

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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.
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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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