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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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Kinsale College of Further Education

Kinsale College of Further Education

Film & TV Production - Advanced


Course Code:  EFTVP
Award Code(s):  6M5159
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course, allows students to develop the skills they have already gained to a more advanced level. This is a one-year course, which combines a range of digital video shooting, editing, special effects, audio recording and editing skills.

Those who complete the course may gain entry into the second year of a Level 8 degree course. This department contains the most up to date hardware and software. Facilities include wireless Apple Macs, wide screen G5s, a range of HD digital video cameras, SLR cameras, Boom and Zoom microphones, LED and Soft Box studio lights. We have a green screen animation room, in which students can produce stop- motion animations, with the option of mixing them with live video. 3D computer animations can also be produced using Cinema 4D.

 

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

Documentary Production 6N18514
Editing Practice & Techniques 6N5427
Film and Digital Video Production 6N5428
Communications 6N1950
Film and Television Camera and Lighting 6N18516
Studio and Location Sound Production 6N4981
Work Experience 6N1946

 

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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

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6M5159