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What are your interests?

Naturalist?

Naturalist

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

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...

 
Liz Christy - Textile Design/Handweaver
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Liz Christy - Textile Design/Handweaver

 
Barry Doyle - Jeweller
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Barry Doyle - Jeweller

 
Jamie McCarthy-Fisher - Art Studio Manager
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Jamie McCarthy-Fisher - Art Studio Manager

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

College Course Videos...

 
Creative Arts and Media GA281  - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT
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Creative Arts and Media GA281 - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

 
Visual Artist Graduate, Aideen Barry - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT
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Visual Artist Graduate, Aideen Barry - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

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