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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.

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Visual Arts

Visual Arts

If you enjoy creating designs and images then a career in visual arts could be for you. Visual Arts is the term used to describe the creation of art or objects which are primarily visual and intended to be appreciated by sight. They include drawings, paintings, sculpture, architecture, photography, prints and film. The field encompasses physical and screen-based visuals. 

While there is lots of scope for self employment in this sector, job opportunities include working for art studios, multimedia companies and film production studios. Visual arts professionals have extensive backgrounds in design work. Positions in this field can include work as a graphic designer, art director, industrial designer and desktop publisher.

Visual Arts brings public and private space to life, it decorates the interior of our homes and informs the design of every building. It can be created with both commercial or artistic intent. In public spaces everything from street art created by individuals, to statues of public figures paid for by local government are examples of visual art.

One of the prominent visual arts professions is photography. This can be a varied career, with many different forms of photography to specialise in. Some will do general photography for the media, whereas others will focus in areas as varied as taking product images for companies to taking high quality portraits of staff for companies. The majority of photographers are self-employed, offering their services for a variety of events, such as weddings or sports matches.

Another example of a visual art is printmaking, the creation of images on fabric, parchment, plastic, paper or other similar materials. Printmakers could develop skills in a selection of approaches such as woodcut, linocut, lithography, silk screen or etching.