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Musical Instrument Making & Repair - Advanced

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St. John's Central College

St. John's Central College
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Course overview

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

Course Description

The course aims to provide students with an opportunity to develop their skills in musical Instrument making and design.

What will you Study?

Studio Practice
Combined Materials
Drawing
Design Skills
History of Art
Communications
Work 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

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:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

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

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

Further Research

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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   Photographic Technician / Processing Assistant  
Furniture Designer / Maker   Artist  
Packaging Designer   Illustrator - Technical / Medical  
Screen Printer   Costume Designer  
Sculptor   Potter / Ceramicist  
Architect - Conservation   Textile Designer  
Taxidermist   Craft Designer  
Ceramics Designer   Arts Administrator  
Digital Media Designer   Typographer  
Illustrator   Industrial Designer  
Photographer   Film / Video Editor  
Dressmaker   Fashion Designer  
CAD Technician   Graphic Designer  
Make-Up Artist - TV/Film   Creative Director  
Camera Operator   Interior Architect / Designer  
Architect   Animator  
Ceramics Technologist   Musical Instrument Technician  
Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery   Bookbinder (Craft)  
Metal Engraver   Cabinet Maker  
Shoe Repairer / Cobbler   French Polisher  
Ergonomist   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Printer   Modelmaker  
Draughtsperson   Metal Fabricator  
Instrument Craftsperson   Textile Machinery Technician  
Textile Dyeing Technician   Glassmaker  
Textile & Fabric Operative   Toolmaker  
Upholsterer   Woodturner / Woodmachinist  
Teacher - Art and Design    Architectural Technician / Technologist  
Carpenter / Joiner   Costume Design Assistant - TV/Film  
Dancer   Theatre / Television Designer  
Prop Maker   Makeup Artist Assistant - TV/Film  
Production Designer - TV/Film   Pyrotechnician  
Director - TV/Film   Composer (Music)  
Sound Engineer   Choreographer  
Singer   Screenwriter  
Musician   Producer  
Performing Artist   Cartoonist  
Actor / Actress   Lighting Technician  
Stage Manager   Location Manager - TV / Film  
Stunt Artist   Floor Manager - TV / Film  
Band Roadie   Piano Tuner  
Milliner   Tattoo Artist  
Designer / Maker - Craft   Blacksmith  
Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson   Horologist  
Locksmith   Visual Merchandiser / Window Dresser  
Transport Design Engineer   Boat Builder  

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
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.