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Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
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Bray Institute of Further Education

Bray Institute of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code MK ML
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The BTEC HND in Music Performance is an exciting new course which will develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and techniques as a musician for successful employment in the music industry or progression to further study. Both theoretical and practical musicianship skills are covered, combined with performance opportunities, event management, music technology and recording. In addition students will get a broad insight into the music business from lecturers who are experienced musicians and industry practitioners.

What will you Study?

Marketing & Promotion for Musicians (M/616/0193)
Professional Development (T/616/0194)
Music Copyright (A/616/0195)
The Monetisation of Music (F/616/0196)
Music Publishing (J/616/0197)
The Live Music Business (L/616/0198)
Creative Research Project (Y/616/0222)
Music & Brands (D/616/0223)
Artist Management (H/616/0224)
Getting the Right Deals (K/616/0225)






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