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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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Limerick College of Further Education

Limerick College of Further Education


 

Creative Craft


Course Code:  5M1981 CCXX
Award Code(s):  5M1981
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This 1 year foundation programme is suitable for all Learners who have an interest in all aspects of creative craft .Learners will be encouraged to explore and experiment with a variety of different techniques and materials. This programme is suitable for both Learners with experience in this area or for complete beginners.

 

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.

Drawing
Design Skills
Ceramics
Batik
Art Metalcraft
Sculpture
Model Making
Communications
Work Experience

 

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   Photographer  
Potter / Ceramicist   Sculptor  
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Illustrator   Screen Printer  
Typographer   Digital Media Designer  
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Packaging Designer   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Interior Architect / Designer   Fashion Designer  
Dressmaker   Graphic Designer  
Film/Video Tape Editor   CAD Technician  
Camera Operator   Creative Director  
Architect   Animator  
Ceramics Technologist   Musical Instrument Technician  
Ergonomist   Draughtsperson  
Textile Machinery Technician   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Carton maker   Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery  
Bookbinder (Craft)   Cabinet Maker  
Printer   Glassmaker  
Modelmaker   Toolmaker  
Woodturner / Woodmachinist   Metal Fabricator  
Instrument Craftsperson   Teacher - Art and Design   
Architectural Technician / Technologist   Carpenter / Joiner  
Pyrotechnician   Performing Artist  
Dancer   Production Designer - TV/Film  
Lighting Technician   Producer  
Choreographer   Composer (Music)  
Director - TV/Film   Theatre/Television Designer  
Sound Engineer   Screenwriter  
Cartoonist   Musician  
Stage Manager   Piano Tuner  
Designer/maker   Blacksmith  
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
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Progression Routes

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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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ACXXX 

5M1981