Study IT, creative media and graphic design at Crumlin College of Further Education

IT Digital Skills

There is a growing demand in the marketplace for personnel who possess practical IT digital skills. This course aims to provide these current workplace IT digital skills for students who wish to pursue a career in a range of IT areas. Students will also undertake relevant work experience in order to further develop their skills.

Awarding Body

Further Education & Training Awards Council (FETAC)/QQI -Information Processing Award Level 5 5M2067

Career Opportunities:

Successful graduates of the course can enter the employment market in a range of ICT areas. Students may also progress to degree programmes at participating Higher Level Institutions. A video guide to the CAO for QQI/Further Education applicants can be viewed here.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certifificate Applied or equivalent standards of education. Exemptions may be granted to mature students. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects:

Spreadsheet Methods
The Internet
Database Methods
Programming & Design Principles
Web Authoring
Information & Communication Systems
Communications

Computer Network and Support Technician

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to implement and support PC systems and networks. Successful graduates of the course can look forward to a rewarding and challenging career in this rapidly expanding field. Students will supplement their studies with work experience in a relevant area.

Awarding Body:

Further Education and Training Awards Council - FETAC- (QQI) Certificate - Computer Systems and Network Award Level 5 5M0536

Career Opportunities:

Students who complete the course successfully will be prepared for immediate entry into the employment market as Computer and Network Support Technicians. Students may also progress to degree programmes at participating Higher Level Institutions. A video guide to the CAO for QQI/Further Education applicants can be viewed here.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

5 passes in the Leaving Certificate to include Maths and English or a Distinction in Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent standards of education. Foundation Level Maths is not accepted as part of the minimum entry requirements. Exemptions may be granted to mature students. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects:

Networking Essentials
Computer Systems Hardware
Programming & Design Principles
Operating Systems 
ICT Security Policy & Management
Maths for IT
Communications
Study IT,  Creative Media and Graphic Design at Crumlin College of Further Education
Study IT, creative media and graphic design at Crumlin College of Further Education

Software Design & Development

This course prepares students for a rewarding career in software development. The core aim of the course is to impart the expertise necessary to design, develop and maintain software. Students undertake work experience in order to develop their skills in the IT area.

Awarding Body

Further Education & Training Awards Council - FETAC(QQI) – Certificate in Software Development Level 5 5M0529

Career Opportunities:

Successful graduates of the course can enter the employment market in the areas of IT support, software design & development.Students may also progress to degree programmes at participating Higher Level Institutions. A video guide to the CAO for QQI/Further Education applicants can be viewed here.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

5 passes in the Leaving Certificate to include Maths and English or a Distinction in Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent standards of education. Foundation Level Maths is not accepted as part of the minimum entry requirements. Exemptions may be granted to mature students. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects:

Web Authoring
Software Architecture
Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming
Maths for IT
Database Methods
Programming & Design Principles
Communications
Study IT,  creative media and graphic design at Crumlin College of Further Education
Study IT, creative media and graphic design at Crumlin College of Further Education

Creative Media

This course helps students acquire and practise a wide ranging and essential creative media skillset. Learners become accomplished in using Adobe Creative Cloud applications while also developing their creative ability in art and design. At the end of the year, students will produce websites, graphic images and animations. This course is largely portfolio based. Students supplement their studies with work experience in a relevant area.

Awarding Body

Further Education & Training Awards Council (FETAC)/QQI - Creative Media Award Level 5 5M5048

Career Opportunities:

Learners who successfully complete the course will have acquired a comprehensive skillset in a range of market leading creative media applications. They will be prepared for immediate entry into the employment market in creative media related areas such as web marketing, web design and creative media development. Students may also progress to degree programmes at participating Higher Level Institutions. A video guide to the CAO for QQI/Further Education applicants can be viewed here.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent standards of education. Students should have an interest in drawing and design and in digitally creating art. Exemptions may be granted to mature students. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects:

Illustration
Computer Illustrated Graphics
Multimedia Authoring
Web Authoring
Image Processing
Desktop Publishing
Communications
Work Experience

 

Study IT,  creative media and graphic design at Crumlin College of Further Education
Study IT,  creative media and graphic design at Crumlin College of Further Education

Advertising & Graphic Design

This one year course is ideally suited to the student who has a creative flair and is interested in pursuing a career in Graphic Design or Advertising. It combines essential drawing skills with the use of modern creative media applications such as InDesign, Dreamweaver and Illustrator. This is a practical course providing students with the technical skills necessary for a career in Graphic Design. Students supplement their studies one day a week with work experience in advertising agencies or other related areas.

Awarding Body:

Further Education & Training Awards Authority (FETAC)/QQI – Graphic Design Award 5M1995

Career & Employment Opportunities:

This course can lead to careers in the advertising, printing or web design industries. Students may also progress to degree programmes at participating Higher Level Institutions. A video guide to the CAO for QQI/Further Education applicants can be viewed here.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent standards of education. A proven ability in Art would be an advantage & students should have an interest in art & design. Exemptions may be granted to mature students. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects:

Design
Drawing
Design Skills
Typography
Graphic Design Skills

Visual Graphics
Desktop Publishing
Web Authoring
Computer Illustrated Graphics

General
Advertising
Communications

Testimonial

I did my Leaving Certificate in 2004. I decided to take a year out to work in the retail industry and then I started in Crumlin College in 2005/06 undertaking the Computer and Network Technician course.

I was made aware of the courses available at Crumlin College through the staff at the Open Learning Centre. They recommended that I undertake a technical computer course as they felt my aptitude leaned towards that direction as opposed to the many other courses that are available at Crumlin College. I enjoyed every aspect of the course. I was pleasantly surprised at the depth and diversity of topics covered within each subject. The computing and networking industry offers such a massive range of employment opportunities it can be daunting trying to determine which path is the right one to take, but the range of subjects on offer gave me such a detailed insight that I used my time to discover where my interests and abilities would suit me best when the time to progress arrived.

I found the teachers on the course extremely approachable, supportive and knowledgeable on all the varied aspects of the subjects that they taught. Additionally, the teachers provided me with excellent hypothetical and practical experience scenarios that left me with the utmost confidence when searching for employment in the computing industry. Each course is also provided with a dedicated class tutor to give guidance in relation to any aspect of the course or to liaise with any course teacher on the student’s behalf.

The College also provides wonderful services such as the Open Learning Centre for any student that feels they may need basic or even program specific computer training to act as an aid or supplement to their course, Adult Literacy, Adult Guidance, Grants Officers, and Counselling Services for students who may be struggling with the various challenges of college life. Whilst a student at the College, if I needed additional research material, I found it to be of enormous benefit that a large part of the course material could be inspected further in the resource room and the books therein. It was also of massive benefit to have access within the resource room to any stationary needs as they arise.

The College has such a strong ethos for camaraderie amongst the student body that I found it easy to connect with my classmates. The College also offers such a great range of student organisations, sports clubs and social events that by the end of the second semester I felt right at home in Crumlin College. Directly after I left Crumlin College I got immediate employment within the telecommunications industry for one of Ireland's leading mobile networks. Additionally, I was able to pursue a degree in IT Management at IT Tallaght on a part time basis, which I achieved.

I would definitely recommend Crumlin College to any person, of any age, looking to go into any field that the College provides courses on.

James White
IT Administrator, CDETB AES
BSc in IT Management