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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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St. John's Central College

St. John's Central College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2208
QQI Award Code 5M2208 Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Design 4 Homes is a stimulating programme which offers the perfect launch pad for would-be interior designers. Design prospects are endless, design your home, design for friends or launch an exciting new business of your own. Design 4 Homes will provide you with the key skills to undertake residential interior design projects, which include, space planning, colour consultancy, finishes, presentation of ideas, and much more...

What will you Study?

Communications (5N0690)
Design Skills (5N0784)
Drawing (5N1862)
Appreciation of Art Craft & Design (5N0755)
Colour & Light (5N1919)
Computer Aided Draughting (2D) (5N1604)
Architectural Drawing (5N1558)
Materials & Finishes (5N1456)
Furnishing & Fittings (5N5053)







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

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
ADESX 5M2208

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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   Textile Designer  
Digital Media Designer   Furniture Designer / Maker  
Artist   Illustrator - Technical / Medical  
Costume Designer   Sculptor  
Potter / Ceramicist   Industrial/Product Designer  
Illustrator   Architect - Conservation  
Taxidermist   Packaging Designer  
Craft Designer   Ceramics Designer  
Arts Administrator   Typographer  
Screen Printer   Photographer  
Make-Up Artist - TV/Film   Fashion Designer  
Graphic Designer   CAD Technician  
Dressmaker   Creative Director  
Interior Architect / Designer   Animator  
Camera Operator   Architect  
Film / Video Editor   Instrument Craftsperson  
Textile Dyeing Technician   French Polisher  
Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery   Musical Instrument Technician  
Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith   Glassmaker  
Metal Fabricator   Modelmaker  
Woodturner / Woodmachinist   Upholsterer  
Teacher - Art and Design    Architectural Technician / Technologist  
Road / Paving / Asphalt Workers   Plasterer  
Gas Fitter   Gas Distribution Worker  
Industrial Abseiler   Scaffolder  
Welder   Stonemason  
Painter / Decorator   Insulation Workers  
Carpet/Vinyl Fitter   Sheet Metal Worker / Plater  
Construction Plant Mechanic   Building Labourer / Construction Worker  
Building Services Engineering Technician   Cartoonist  
Production Designer - TV/Film   Theatre / Television Designer  
Milliner   Designer / Maker - Craft  
Tattoo Artist   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
Building, Construction & Property
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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