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What are your interests?

Realist?

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

About

This is the sector for visually creative people and those who enjoy handcrafting their own goods. Design can cover a broad range of roles, including drawing advertisements and products, or designing websites. The craft sector is made up of small companies and self-employed crafters, they apply their specific skills to create high quality goods. In contrast to industry they produce much smaller amounts of their products, but put a higher amount of care and craft, spot the name, into each piece. They may sell products themselves in markets or their own stores or export them abroad.

Skills

    design, communication, independence, leadership, researching information, time management, adaptability, attention to detail, project management, visual media, writing, creativity, managing resources, teamwork, education & training,

Key Facts

48,000
105
million euro, price of the most expensive painting by an Irish-born artist, Francis Bacon's Three Studies of Lucian Freud
3,923
design enterprises in Ireland in 2015
79%
of Design & Crafts Council of Ireland clients are ouside Dublin

Labour Market Information

While there are no general issues noted in the National Skills Bulletin 2018, there have been indications from Enterprise Ireland that client-companies are finding it difficult to source suitably qualified staff to work in animation. As a result, an apprenticeship for a CGI Technical Artist has been proposed.

Advice from Experts...

If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.

Craft and Design

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Teacher & Student Resources
Teacher & Student Resources

  • Craft Career Sheets
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  • Design Thinking Pilot Programme

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Career and Training Opportunities with...

The School of Jewellery Ireland

The School of Jewellery Ireland teaches solid foundations in the traditional skills of the Goldsmith and Jeweller with full time and part time courses available.

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National College of Art and Design - NCAD

The National College of Art and Design offers the largest range of art and design degrees in the State at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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Career Videos...

 
Rob D'Eath - Ceramics Designer
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Rob D'Eath - Ceramics Designer

 
Philip Cushen - Woollen Mill Owner
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Philip Cushen - Woollen Mill Owner

 
Margaret Reilly - Wood Manufacturing / Finisher
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Margaret Reilly - Wood Manufacturing / Finisher

 
Tony Hayes - Glass Maker
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Tony Hayes - Glass Maker

College Course Videos...

 
3D Design, Modelmaking and Digital Art DL828 - Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire
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3D Design, Modelmaking and Digital Art DL828 - Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire

 
School of Visual Culture - National College of Art and Design - NCAD
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School of Visual Culture - National College of Art and Design - NCAD

 
Design - Sligo College of Further Education
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Design - Sligo College of Further Education