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Creative Craft

Course Code(s):  5M2012 AH03
QQI Award Code:  5M2012 Furniture Design and Making
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2012 AH03
QQI Award Code 5M2012 Furniture Design and Making
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course aims to give learners a firm foundation in the design & woodworking skills required for the furniture industry. Learners will be also be equipped with personal skills such as communications, problem solving and creative development and gain the knowledge needed to effectively apply their skills to future opportunities and career choices.

Throughout the course you will explore a broad range of design disciplines. Practical studio/workshop sessions will form an integral part of the course. There will be a strong emphasis on safe work practices in the workshop setting.

What will you Study?

Drawing 5N1862
Design Skills
Furniture Making 5N1275
Wood Fabrication 5N1999
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
AFURX 5M2012

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