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If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....

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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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AL763
Graphic Design

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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 course educates students to solve visual communications problems through the use of logical analysis. The course allows students become familiar with modern technology in the field of graphic/typographic design.


 
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You will study topics such as graphic form, typography, media drawing, drawing, printmaking, photography, and image manipulation software.


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AL763 - Graphic Design
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AL763 - Graphic Design
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Employers are always on the look-out for creative, highly motivated individuals who are good all-round designers. They require individuals who can come up with exciting creative ideas and present them well both visually and articulately – good visual and verbal presentation skills are a necessity in the design industry. Attendance, organisation, time management, adherence to deadlines and timekeeping are important life skills you can develop on our courses, and take into the industry with you.

Employment opportunities exist in design studios, advertising agencies, general printers, freelance design work, photographer/photographer’s assistant, digital media studios, newspapers,  publishing, the music industry, film and television.



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TV and Media Production IT Carlow 
Digital Marketing, Communication and Public Relations Dundalk IT 
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Media Studies / Media Technology Maynooth University 
English and History Carlow College 
Arts - English Maynooth University 


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