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Makers Skills

Course Code(s):  5M1981
QQI Award Code:  5M1981 Creative Craft
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE

Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1981
QQI Award Code 5M1981 Creative Craft
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Learn an amazing craft and explore your creativity through the skills and techniques taught on the Furniture Design and Making Year 1 course.

The course develops core skills with hand tools, power tools and woodworking machinery to build your craftsmanship. Life drawing, technical graphics and computer aided design classes complement the practical activities such as wood machining, CNC routing and laser cutting.

What will you Study?

Drawing 5N1862
Design Skills 5N0784
Entrepreneurial Skills 5N1951
Ceramics 5N0759
Wood Turning 5N1359
Art Metalcraft 5N1649
Stained Glass 5N4515
Work Experience 5N1356
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

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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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ACXXX 5M1981

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