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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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DT589
Visual Art - Sherkin Island

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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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This four-year modular honours degree programme - fully accredited, managed and delivered by Dublin Institute of Technology - offers a dynamic and creative education in the Visual Arts. The programme will have a particular focus on the investigation of the meaning of place, how it can be generated and regenerated through art-making and the exchange between the artmaker and her/his place and its people.

On completing the programme graduates will be able to demonstrate an advanced comprehension of the nature, role and potential of Art in the context of their community and in a wider international context, a critical comprehension of historical and contemporary developments in Art; and a thorough mastery of the materials, techniques and skills appropriate to their own artistic interests. Additionally they will develop professional artistic skills necessary for the visual expression of significant ideas and concepts and an ability to present their work in a professional manner.

The first two Years are highly structured and are designed to give the participants basic technical skills in drawing, sculpture, painting, photography and digital media (both word-processing and image manipulation), and a good understanding of the critical concerns and context of modern and contemporary art practice. The final two Years are increasingly self-directed allowing participants to develop their particular focus in terms of medium and content. This builds upon research methods and skills developed in stages one and two, which allows participants to develop a similar self-directed approach in Critical Theory.


 
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This four year modular honours degree programme, delivered on Sherkin Island, County Cork offers a dynamic and creative education in the Visual Arts and is fully accredited, managed and delivered by the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Interview and Portfolio of recent Artwork will be required.


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Graduates establish themselves as professional artists and can also find employment in the cultural and community sectors as gallery and studio assistants, arts officers in County Council Offices as curators and as arts administrators. There are also opportunities for employment in the teaching profession and to pursue graduate studies up to PhD level.



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