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Darragh Little

Managing Director of Forestry

Forestry Careers Ireland

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Darragh Little
Forestry is not just about planting and harvesting, it provides skillsets that can be used in many careers. Forestry is about people as every forest is owned by someone and you must be able to communicate your vision for their forest. It is about learning. You will never stop learning in this career and that makes it cool. Finally you can go anywhere on the planet with the skills you will learn. Forestry is virtually the same everywhere just different trees. I have worked in several countries around the world and used the skills I learned in Ireland to bring value.
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Graphic Design

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Course overview

Course Code 5M1995 GD
QQI Award Code 5M1995 Graphic Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This introductory Graphic Design course consists largely of studio-based projects & assignments complimented by visits to exhibitions, galleries and colleges. There is a strong emphasis on the use of industry-standard software such as Adobe illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop. Many students use the course to prepare a high-quality portfolio of work for entry into third level. Past students of the course have progressed to further education or employment in areas such as Visual Communication, Web Design, Fine Art and Animation.

What will you Study?

Drawing 5N1862
Design Skills
Digital Photography 5N1270
Image Processing 5N1292
Graphic Design Skills 5N1978
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Computer Illustrated Graphics 5N1929
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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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
AGDXX 5M1995

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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   Industrial/Product Designer  
Textile Designer   Furniture Designer / Maker  
Artist   Illustrator - Technical / Medical  
Costume Designer   Sculptor  
Potter / Ceramicist   Illustrator  
Screen Printer   Taxidermist  
Packaging Designer   Craft Designer  
Ceramics Designer   Architect - Conservation  
Arts Administrator   Digital Media Designer  
Typographer   Photographer  
Fashion Designer   Film / Video Editor  
Graphic Designer   Dressmaker  
Architect   Animator  
Interior Architect / Designer   Creative Director  
Make-Up Artist - TV/Film   Camera Operator  
CAD Technician   Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery  
French Polisher   Glassmaker  
Instrument Craftsperson   Musical Instrument Technician  
Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith   Modelmaker  
Teacher - Art and Design    Architectural Technician / Technologist  
Production Designer - TV/Film   Theatre / Television Designer  
Cartoonist   Tattoo Artist  
Milliner   Designer / Maker - Craft  
Photographer - Fashion, Press & Sport   Newspaper - Magazine Editor  
Desktop Publisher   Broadcasting Researcher  
Broadcasting Production Assistant   Journalist - Radio / Television  
Literary agent   Writer  
Visual Merchandiser / Window Dresser   Transport Design Engineer  

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
Media & Publishing
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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