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Aoife Mc Dermott


Department of Education and Skills

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  Aoife Mc Dermott
The most important thing is that you like your subject area! It?s also important to do as well as you can throughout your degree. For example, I applied for PhD scholarship during my final year, so they were looking at my first, second and third year results. Finally, I find that liking people helps a lot.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Dunboyne College of Further Education

Dunboyne College of Further Education


Arts - Pre University

Code:  5M2154
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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What is Pre University Arts?

This one year course will aim to prepare participants for entrance into Arts programmes in Irish universities and colleges as well as preparing students to work in a European environment both in Ireland and abroad.

Students will be able to take this cultural option through archaeology, folklore and local history modules or concentrate on a language option with European Studies.

Career Opportunities:

There are now 83 places in First Arts in Maynooth University, 25 places in UCD as well as numerous places in DCU, UCC, Mater Dei, and many local IT colleges for students who hold a QQI qualification in Culture and Heritage Studies or Language and European Studies.

There are also opportunities in travel and tourism, European administration, local heritage concerns as well as in the business world through insurance, banking, or international trade.

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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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