What qualifications are required?
Training & Education
There are a number of routes to becoming a highly skilled craftsperson or designer. Many people choose to study in a college of further education or undertake a third level degree. Others take up an apprenticeship with a craftsperson or design studio.
And some continue their studies specialising in a very specific area of craft and refining their skills. Although of course, a formal education is not needed to start a craft or design career, different education opportunities available in Ireland allow you to hone skills and techniques as well as build up connections in the sector.
Some craft disciplines have specialised coruses such as the intensive two-year programmes offered at the DCCoI Centres of Excellence in ceramics and jewellery.If you intend on focusing on a specific craft or design disapline you should do some research to see what course focus on this and the different facilities the school or college has to offer.
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Leon; Bold Visual Narrative
When I graduated I ended in the housing market doing stuff like 3D modelling and rendering of houses that weren't built yet. We'd make a DVD of it and some graphics and they would sell them off the plans. It was a small start-up - which was cool.
I always played in bands and we never had any money, so I designed the posters and EP covers myself, if someone was putting on a DJ night, I'd design the posters so I ended up doing a lot of fun stuff on the side. I was starting to feel that I was getting a bit railroaded into just straight graphics, that I had lost the animation and media dimension, so I went back and did a Masters in Digital Media in the Huston Film School at NUIG. e had a lab there, so I set up my own practice at the same time. It was nearly like a start-up incubator because I had access to a big computer and a lab 24 hours a day on campus.
While studying, I was getting private work in and building a small client base and making music videos, so it was really, really worthwhile. That's when I decided it's just me and my practice now, and set up Bold Visual Narrative. The Masters flipped it for me and opened me up to the broader range of work that I do now, compared to just graphics at the start. Over the last few years I’ve gotten to work on projects in New York and Los Angeles which has been really big and valuable and it’s kept growing from there.
What are the typical routes into this sector?
The majority of those pursuing craft as a career enter after college having pursued a qualification. There are a small number of alternative routes available such as apprenticeship or directly with a craftsperson or business.
Explore the Learners/Teachers section of the DCCoI Website here for an overview of all programmes for learners and teachers.