Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education

Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education


 

Graphic Design


Course Code(s):  5M1995
QQI Award Code:  5M1995 Graphic Design
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
Generating ideas and learning how to visually communicate those ideas is at the heart of the graphic design course. A variety of projects be it in typography, logo design, illustration or exploring the elements of design all of these skills build and transfer into a solid graphic portfolio. Practical skills in mastering Adobe software are also taught using Adobe Master Suite CS6.

At the end of this course you will have a professional design portfolio for entry into the jobs market or further study at Degree level.

 

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.

Year 1:
Graphic Design Skills
Design Skills
Drawing
Computer Illustration
Illustrated
Digital Photography
Appreciation of Art
Craft and Design
Work Experience
Communications

Years 2 & 3 BTEC Higher National Diploma:
Ideas Generation and Development
Visual Communications
Drawing Techniques
Contextual & Cultural Referencing in Art & Design
Digital Image Creation and Development
Digital Media in Art & Design
Typographic Skills
Typographic Ideas
Ideas in Context
Professional Practices
Project Design Implementation and Evaluation
Critical Study in Art & Design
Interactive Media Design and Prototyping
Reference and Sources
Advanced Typographic Design
Interactive Media Web Authoring

 

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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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  
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Textile Designer   Illustrator  
Screen Printer   Typographer  
Digital Media Designer   Arts Administrator  
Architect - Conservation   Packaging Designer  
Industrial Designer   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Creative Director   Dressmaker  
Fashion Designer   Camera Operator  
Film/Video Tape Editor   CAD Technician  
Graphic Designer   Architect  
Interior Architect / Designer   Animator  
Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery   Musical Instrument Technician  
Modelmaker   Glassmaker  
Instrument Craftsperson   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Teacher - Art and Design    Architectural Technician / Technologist  
Cartoonist   Theatre/Television Designer  
Production Designer - TV/Film   Designer/maker  
Broadcasting Researcher   Newspaper - Magazine Editor  
Photographer - Fashion, Press & Sport   Desktop Publisher  
Originator   Broadcasting Production Assistant  
Journalist - Radio/Television   Writer  
Literary agent   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
Media & Publishing
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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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