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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 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.

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Craft and Design

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Teacher & Student Resources
Teacher & Student Resources

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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...

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

Barry Doyle - Jeweller
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Barry Doyle - Jeweller

David Morgan - Carpenter
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David Morgan - Carpenter

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

Arts Management DL822  - Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire
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Arts Management DL822 - Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire

Art & Design  - Galway Technical Institute
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Art & Design - Galway Technical Institute

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