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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

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 2019, there have been indications from employers that 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.

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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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Directory of Professional Courses
Directory of Professional Courses

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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 Interview Videos...

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

Heather De Lacy - Candle Maker
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Heather De Lacy - Candle Maker

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

College Course Videos...

TU973 - Design - Visual Communication - TU Dublin - Dublin City
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TU973 - Design - Visual Communication - TU Dublin - Dublin City

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

LM076 - Product Design and Technology - University of Limerick
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LM076 - Product Design and Technology - University of Limerick