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Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

BioPharmachem Ireland

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A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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LY408
Visual Communication and 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.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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4 Years
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265

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The Design - Visual Communication course at Lyit aims to immerse the student in a wide range of design disciplines, from photography and image making to motion graphics and interactive design, allowing the graduate to creatively apply and continuously develop their knowledge in the professional world.


 
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Arts, Communications Graphics or Portfolio will be acceoted for entry. 

Portfolios will be assessed annually in May for entry in September.


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LY408 - Visual Communication and Graphic Design
Letterkenny IT

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LY408 - Visual Communication and Graphic Design
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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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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Old Code New Code Award Title
EMMWD    Multimedia and Web Development
AIDXX  5M5054  Interior Design
ETFPX  5M5158  Film and Television Production
  5M5048  Creative Media
AACDX  5M1984  Art, Craft and Design
AAXXX  5M1985  Art
ACADX  5M1940  Computer Aided Design
ADESX  5M2208  Design
AGDXX  5M1995  Graphic Design
EMMPX  5M2146  Multimedia Production
ACXXX  5M1981  Creative Craft
EPXXX  5M2094  Photography

Essential Module Requirements:
Three Distinctions

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A finished design usually requires consideration of layout, fonts, visuals and colour. A graphic designer can design material for print (brochures, book jackets, posters, magazines, CD covers, stationery) and for screen (web sites, CD-rom, multimedia kiosks). 

 



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