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Paul Dowling

Horticulturist

Teagasc

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  Paul Dowling
Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
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Colaiste Mhuire Thurles

Colaiste Mhuire Thurles

Art & Business


Course Code(s):  6M4029
QQI Award Code:  6M4029 Art
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
Objectives: To enable students find employment in an artistic environment.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Painting
Drawing
Design Skills
Art Appreciation
Sculpture
Creative Application Ceramics
Printmaking
Work Experience
Communications
Train the Trainer

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Advertising Art Director   Packaging Designer  
Illustrator - Technical / Medical   Costume Designer  
Sculptor   Potter / Ceramicist  
Photographer   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Interior Architect / Designer   Artist  
Furniture Designer / Maker   Textile Designer  
Industrial Designer   Illustrator  
Screen Printer   Typographer  
Digital Media Designer   Arts Administrator  
Graphic Designer   CAD Technician  
Camera Operator   Dressmaker  
Architect - Conservation   Fashion Designer  
Film/Video Tape Editor   Creative Director  
Architect   Animator  
Cabinet Maker   Bookbinder (Craft)  
Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery   Musical Instrument Technician  
Textile Machinery Technician   Modelmaker  
Printer   Draughtsperson  
Glassmaker   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Instrument Craftsperson   Teacher - Art and Design   
Architectural Technician / Technologist   Carpenter / Joiner  
Health & Safety Officer   Business Analyst  
Accounts Team Leader   Chartered Secretary  
Data Steward / Data Manager   Data Protection Officer  
Business Consultant   Arts agent/promoter  
Manager - General   Management Associate  
Company Secretary   Financial Trader  
Business Adviser   Managing Director  
Financial Adviser   Operations Research Analyst  
Theatre/Television Designer   Production Designer - TV/Film  
Cartoonist   Designer/maker  
Horologist   Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson  
Engineer - Transport Design    

Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Art, Craft & Design
Business Organisation & Business Management
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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

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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APAPX 

6M4029