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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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Art, Craft and Design Portfolio Preparation

Course Code(s):  5M2208
QQI Award Code:  5M2208 Design
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Drogheda Institute of Further Education

Drogheda Institute of Further Education


 
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Course overview

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

Course Description

To give students the opportunity to make an informed decision about courses in colleges of Art and Design and careers in related areas. Students will learn how to generate ideas for a range of art and design disciplines with the aim of identifying their area of study when progressing to third level education.

What will you Study?

Portfolio Preparation
Drawing 5N1862
Design Skills
Collage Techniques 5N0761
Combined Materials 5N0764
Painting or Woven Textiles
Sculpture 5N1918
or Surface Design
Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Communications 5N0690
Work Preparation and Experience
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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ADESX 5M2208

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