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Occupational Therapist

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I would advise anyone interested in Occupational Therapy to read up on the profession or else try to meet a qualified Occupational Therapist and talk to them about their work.

The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.

As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Art & Craft

Course Code(s):  6M4029
QQI Award Code:  6M4029 Art
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 6M4029
QQI Award Code 6M4029 Art
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed for the students who want to develop a professional practice in the Visual Arts. The course structure fosters creativity, self-motivation, planning and problem solving. The students will organise and present their work in a professional arts space during the year.

On completion of this course, applicants can apply to third level art courses or work as practising artists.

What will you Study?

Drawing
Painting
Ceramics
Printmaking
Sculpture
History and Appreciation of Art
Work Experience (+ Exhibition)
Communications
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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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:

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

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APAPX 6M4029

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Further Research

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Art & Design - Portfolio Waterford College of Further Education 
Photographic Studies Waterford College of Further Education 
Art Portfolio Preparation Colaiste Chathail Naofa 
Photography - Advanced Waterford College of Further Education 
Advanced Certificate in Audio/Visual Media Waterford College of Further Education 

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   Furniture Designer / Maker  
Photographer   Potter / Ceramicist  
Sculptor   Costume Designer  
Illustrator - Technical / Medical   Artist  
Textile Designer   Industrial Designer  
Illustrator   Screen Printer  
Typographer   Digital Media Designer  
Arts Administrator   Architect - Conservation  
Packaging Designer   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Interior Architect / Designer   Dressmaker  
Architect   Fashion Designer  
CAD Technician   Film/Video Tape Editor  
Camera Operator   Animator  
Graphic Designer   Creative Director  
Ceramics Technologist   Cabinet Maker  
Bookbinder (Craft)   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery   Musical Instrument Technician  
Textile Machinery Technician   Carton maker  
Toolmaker   Glassmaker  
Printer   Draughtsperson  
Instrument Craftsperson   Modelmaker  
Woodturner / Woodmachinist   Ergonomist  
Metal Fabricator   Teacher - Art and Design   
Architectural Technician / Technologist   Carpenter / Joiner  
Theatre/Television Designer   Cartoonist  
Production Designer - TV/Film   Designer/maker  
Horologist   Blacksmith  
Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson   Engineer - Transport Design  

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)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.