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Tracey Roche

Design Engineer

Analog Devices

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Tracey Roche

3 main things:

1. Be organised.

2. Try to keep a positive attitude.

3. Persevere. Working in a Design Evaluation role or indeed any electronic engineering role, requires problem-solving skills and half the battle with this is having a positive attitude. If you have a negative/pessimistic attitude, the battle to find a solution is lost before you even start. In debugging an issue, start with the basics and work from there. Like peeling an onion, gradually peel off the outter layers to reveal the inner core of the onion...as you work, you get more clues and develop a better understanding of the product/issue you are working on.

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Digital Creative Media

Course Code(s):  5M5048
QQI Award Code:  5M5048 Creative Media
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Portlaoise Institute of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M5048
QQI Award Code 5M5048 Creative Media
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a one year full-time programme that enables students to develop their observational skills, to explore creativity and personal expression through a broad range of creative digital processes including drawing, animation drawing, computer illustrated graphics, digital photography, graphic design and photoshop.

What will you Study?

Script Writing
Animation Drawing 5N1862
Computer Illustrated Graphics 5N1929
Personal Effectiveness 5N1390
Work Experience 5N1356
Digital Photography 5N1270
Graphic Design
Image Processing 5N1292
Drawing 5N1862
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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5M5048

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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 Account Manager   Public Relations Officer / Press Officer  
Advertising Copywriter   Sculptor  
Costume Designer   Potter / Ceramicist  
Arts Administrator   Digital Media Designer  
Photographer   Typographer  
Illustrator   Screen Printer  
Artist   Furniture Designer / Maker  
Creative Director   Textile Designer  
Industrial Designer   Illustrator - Technical / Medical  
Make-Up Artist - TV/Film   Animator  
Film / Video Editor   Fashion Designer  
Interior Architect / Designer   Packaging Designer  
Dressmaker   Camera Operator  
CAD Technician   Architect - Conservation  
Architect   Graphic Designer  
Modelmaker   Glassmaker  
Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery   Instrument Craftsperson  
Musical Instrument Technician   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Teacher - Art and Design    Multimedia Producer  
Multimedia Designer   Web / Scrum Master  
Multimedia Writer   Director - TV/Film  
Screenwriter   Fashion Stylist  
Broadcasting Researcher   Photographer - Fashion, Press & Sport  
Desktop Publisher   Newspaper - Magazine Editor  
Broadcasting Production Assistant   Television / Radio Presenter  
Journalist - Radio / Television   Editor - Publishing  
Journalist / Reporter   Literary agent  
Technical Writer   Writer  
Copy Editor   Broadcasting - Presenter  
Interpreter   Translator  
Lexicographer    

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.
Media & Publishing
Art, Craft & Design
Entertainment & Performing Arts
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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