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My currently role is quite different and often reliant on others to complete certain parts of work before I could progress my workload which can be frustrating but once you’re aware of it you can plan accordingly. The outdoors element of the role are quite varied as I could be looking at a greenfield site that is potentially being planted, in a mature forest considering a forest plan, inspecting a felling licence or a claimed site. There is a variety to the role which makes it quite appealing.
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Professional Arts Practice - Advanced

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Course overview

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

Course Description

This is an Art, Craft & Design programme for students to advance their Art skills, whilst developing the necessary expertise to establish studios as Professional Artists/Designers/Craftspeople. There will be a high level of self exploration on the course and the students will be expected to do additional work outside course hours. The course is suitable for students who are dedicated to establishing their own studio, who have sufficient experience in their subject areas and who are well able for self directed studies at an academic level.

What will you Study?

Painting 6N3452
Drawing 6N3569
History and Appreciation of Art and Design
Combined Materials 6N3587
Communications 6N1950
Creative Application Ceramics
Sculpture
Work Experience 6N1946
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.

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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
APAPX 6M4029

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Further Research

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Interior Architecture & Design St. John's Central College 
Photographic Studies St. John's Central College 
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Graphic Design & Illustration St. John's Central College 
Jewellery & Art Metal Craft St. John's Central College 
Art Kinsale College 
Musical Instrument Making & Repair St. John's Central College 
Fine Art - Painting Sculpture St. John's Central College 
Architectural Technology St. John's Central College 
Photographic Studies St. John's Central College 
Design for Homes St. John's Central College 
Interior Architecture & Design - Advanced St. John's Central College 
Cartoon Animation - Advanced St. John's Central College 
Illustration St. John's Central College 
Musical Instrument Making & Repair - Advanced St. John's Central College 
Art 1 Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE 
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Art - Advanced Kinsale College 
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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  
Illustrator - Technical / Medical   Costume Designer  
Sculptor   Craft Designer  
Potter / Ceramicist   Photographer  
Architect - Conservation   Digital Media Designer  
Textile Designer   Ceramics Designer  
Arts Administrator   Typographer  
Screen Printer   Furniture Designer / Maker  
Illustrator   Industrial/Product Designer  
Make-Up Artist - TV/Film   Creative Director  
CAD Technician   Artist  
Dressmaker   Fashion Designer  
Film / Video Editor   Packaging Designer  
Graphic Designer   Taxidermist  
Architect   Animator  
Interior Architect / Designer   Camera Operator  
Ceramics Technologist   Textile & Fabric Operative  
Shoe Repairer / Cobbler   Textile Dyeing Technician  
Textile Machinery Technician   Musical Instrument Technician  
French Polisher   Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery  
Metal Engraver   Toolmaker  
Printer   Modelmaker  
Metal Fabricator   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Instrument Craftsperson   Glassmaker  
Draughtsperson   Cabinet Maker  
Bookbinder (Craft)   Upholsterer  
Woodturner / Woodmachinist   Ergonomist  
Teacher - Art and Design    Architectural Technician / Technologist  
Carpenter / Joiner   Data Protection Officer  
Data Steward / Data Manager   Health & Safety Officer  
Business Systems Service Technician   Data Scientist  
Occupational Hygienist   Theatre / Television Designer  
Production Designer - TV/Film   Cartoonist  
Milliner   Designer / Maker - Craft  
Tattoo Artist   Horologist  
Locksmith   Blacksmith  
Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson   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
Business Organisation & Management
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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