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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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Creative Media - Computer Games Design

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Course overview

Course Code 5M5048 CI061CU
QQI Award Code 5M5048 Creative Media
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a firm foundation in computer games design. Students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills fundamental to the craft of games design. Although the emphasis of the course is on principles of design, the course does provides exposure to all aspects of games development from initial concept, to storyboard creation and from design right through to the development stage culminating in the design of fully functioning 2D and 3D games.

What will you Study?

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a firm foundation in computer games design. Students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills fundamental to the craft of games design. Although the emphasis of the course is on principles of design, the course does provides exposure to all aspects of games development from initial concept, to storyboard creation and from design right through to the development stage culminating in the design of fully functioning 2D and 3D games.

Animation
Animation Drawing Studies
Communications 5N0690
3D Modelling and Animation
Design Skills
Games Analysis Design 5N1651
Image Processing 5N1292
Web Authoring 5N1910
Work Experience 5N1356
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Progression to CAO Courses

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Related Career Sectors

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Computers & ICT
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