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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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Graphic Design & Art Portfolio Preparation

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Galway Community College

Galway Community College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M1995
QQI Award Code 5M1995 Graphic Design
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to provide the skills needed to pursue a career in the area of graphic design and provide candidates with a comprehensive portfolio suitable for entry into third level institutions.

What will you Study?

Combined Materials 5N0764
Communications 5N0690
Computer Illustrated Graphics 5N1929
Design Skills 5N0784
Desktop Publishing 5N0785
Drawing 5N1862
Graphic Design Skills 5N1978
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

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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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
AGDXX 5M1995

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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   Industrial Designer  
Textile Designer   Furniture Designer / Maker  
Artist   Illustrator - Technical / Medical  
Costume Designer   Sculptor  
Potter / Ceramicist   Illustrator  
Screen Printer   Architect - Conservation  
Taxidermist   Packaging Designer  
Craft Designer   Ceramics Designer  
Arts Administrator   Digital Media Designer  
Typographer   Photographer  
Interior Architect / Designer   Dressmaker  
Film / Video Editor   Creative Director  
Graphic Designer   CAD Technician  
Fashion Designer   Animator  
Camera Operator   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Architect   Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery  
Instrument Craftsperson   Musical Instrument Technician  
Textile Dyeing Technician   French Polisher  
Woodturner / Woodmachinist   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Glassmaker   Upholsterer  
Metal Fabricator   Modelmaker  
Teacher - Art and Design    Architectural Technician / Technologist  
Theatre / Television Designer   Cartoonist  
Production Designer - TV/Film   Milliner  
Tattoo Artist   Designer / Maker - Craft  
Photographer - Fashion, Press & Sport   Newspaper - Magazine Editor  
Desktop Publisher   Broadcasting Researcher  
Broadcasting Production Assistant   Writer  
Journalist - Radio / Television   Literary agent  
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
Media & Publishing
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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