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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Visual Arts

Course Code(s):  6M4029
QQI Award Code:  6M4029 Art
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 6M4029
QQI Award Code 6M4029 Art
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Visual Art is a one-year, full time course and it offers students the skills and understanding needed to pursue a career in Visual Arts or for progression to other courses.

Students are encouraged to develop their own style of Visual Arts and work can be used to prepare a portfolio to gain entry to Third Level courses.

What will you Study?

Painting 6N3569
Drawing 6N3452
Creative Application Ceramics 6N1941
Work Experience 6N1946
Exhibition Techniques 6N3427
Combined Materials 6N3587
Communications 6N1950
Digital Photography 6N3589
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.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

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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
APAPX 6M4029

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Further Research

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Other courses you may be interested in...

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Fine Art - Portfolio Preparation Ormonde College of Further Education 
Art - Fine Art - Advanced Ormonde College of Further Education 
Art. Craft. Design Grennan College 
Art - Advanced Art, Craft & Design Grennan College 
Art with Animation Studies Ormonde College of Further Education 
Creative Media Duiske College 

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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
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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