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Being a self-employed artist is probably the most difficult job really. You need to be highly motivated in the tasks you set for yourself. You need to be able to work on your inspirations and be totally focused on your targets. If your painting does not work first time you need to be able to learn from your experience and use what worked in another piece. Your ability to have confidence in your journey exploring your choice of subjects in paint is important. As regards doing workshops, bringing fun into the entire effort is the most important element to achieve. Your audiences will learn in a more sustainable way and produce drawings to be proud of.
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CR600
Visual Communications

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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Visual Communication is the art of problem-solving and communication through the use of type, space, and image.

It aims to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to effectively function as a designer at an independent and professional level. The course pays particular attention to the development of each student's ability to respond to visual design problems in an individual, inventive and creative manner. By developing student’s research, design planning and production skills the course aims to produce graduates who can display the capacity for innovation in the area of Visual Communications.

It incorporates areas such as design principles and practice, creative image making, typography, creative technology, print technology, illustration, photography, video, contextual and business studies. This course also has academic modules, which are designed to develop the students’ knowledge of visual culture through research, argument construction, written communication and presentations.

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CR600 - Visual Communications
Cork Institute of Technology

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CR600 - Visual Communications
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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AACDX  5M1984  Art, Craft and Design
AGDXX  5M1995  Graphic Design
ADESX  5M2208  Design
  6M5150  Illustration

Essential Module Requirements:
Three Distinctions

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The main areas of employment are:

  • Graphic Design/Creative Director/Project Manager
  • Advertising/Branding/Promotion/Packaging
  • Photographer/Illustrator/Animator/Motion Graphic
  • Designer/Web Designer



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