Craft Technology (Wood) with Business
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Full-time course duration:
3 Years (6 Semesters)
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements
Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.
Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard.
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Leaving Cert Subjects:
Helpful subjects are Business Studies, Construction Studies, and Design & Communication Graphics.
Craft Technology is focused on practical skills as well as a knowledge of technology used in current building practice. There are a number of aspects to Craft Technology: sustainable building techniques, conservation, building information modelling, and practical skills in roofing and joinery all blended with core business and management comprehension. The Business section will assist you in starting up your own business.
Centre of Craft Studies
This course develops the core technical skills in the specific areas of design, woodworking skills, building technology, and business knowledge. Building technology covers the various aspects of technology that make up the fabric of a building, from passive housing details to Building Information Modelling.
The focus on workshop practices develops; kinetic skills, critical analysis, creative abilities and Design Thinking, with solutions developed, and final designs demonstrated on the scale models produced. These skills are developed over three years, each year expanding on the knowledge and skills of the previous year, producing a comprehensive understanding of timber as a building medium, and how to best use it as a component part of the building envelope.
Modules include Carpentry where you will design, draw and make various types of roofs from basic `A' Frame to complex Octagonal based turrets.
Joinery includes projects that involve designing and making doors and windows of traditional and modern types. It also includes designing and making scale model stairs as well as curved joinery pieces.
Building Technology will explore and highlight different principles behind the different materials used in the fabric of building as well as explaining the newer technologies currently influencing building today.
The Business element includes accountancy, marketing and project management theory and practice. An elective module on Entrepreneurship will take you through the steps involved in starting up your own business.
The Final Year Project is a cap stone project that allows you to demonstrate your acquired skills in a single product that you research, concept, design and make supported by the potential commercial opportunities generated by your idea.
Subject to availability of places, suitably qualified graduates may apply for entry to Year 4 (final) of
If I haven't studied Construction Studies in the Leaving
Certificate, will I be at a disadvantage?
No, the course is designed to take the learner from the basics to a complex level of skill and design in Carpentry and Joinery over three years.
Will I be a qualified Carpenter upon graduation of this degree?
No. Carpentry & Joinery is a well-established trade which has its own development programme and its own target job market. This programme is designed to equip graduates to work at technician level and to liaise with skilled trades and the design team.
Is there a Level 8 option available?
Subject to availability of places, suitably qualified graduates may apply for entry to Year 4 (final) of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Management
Is the class size small and are the exams based on continuous assessment?
Class sizes are limited to 20 due to workshop space. Assessments vary from subject to subject but most contain a mix of class projects and final exams.
Are all the materials supplied by CIT?
Yes, all class materials are supplied by CIT, however, this does not include books, or extra material required for the production of your final year design project.
Graduates of the Degree programme will have the skills and competencies to enter technical and managerial levels within the construction industry or to become selfemployed using entrepreneurial skills acquired during this programme.
The option to go directly into a Level 8 Honours is available.
Potential Areas of Employment
- Manager in Construction
- Business Owner
- Project Manager
- Joinery/Furniture Design/Manufacture
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