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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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Monaghan Institute


 

Furniture Design


Course Code:  5M2012 AH03
Award Code(s):  5M2012
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course aims to give learners a firm foundation in the design & woodworking skills required for the furniture industry. Learners will be also be equipped with personal skills such as communications, problem solving and creative development and gain the knowledge needed to effectively apply their skills to future opportunities and career choices.

Throughout the course you will explore a broad range of design disciplines. Practical studio/workshop sessions will form an integral part of the course. There will be a strong emphasis on safe work practices in the workshop setting.

 

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.

Drawing
Design Skills
Furniture Making
Wood Fabrication
Safety & Health at Work
Appreciation of Art, Craft & Design
Computer Aided Design (2D)
Communications
Work Experience

 

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