Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) recognise the critical role that education and training play in the future growth of Irish craft and in the preservation of our cultural heritage. DCCI works as an independent service provider and together with other education providers facilitates the development of education and training programmes to meet the needs of the crafts sector, both current and future. DCCI's education strategy is to develop knowledge and skills in craft for emerging and current craftmakers, and to contribute to the growth of a high-quality, design-led, sustainable craft industry. DCCI believes that developing the appropriate knowledge and skills of Irish craft makers through a range of targeted education initiatives will help in the continued development of quality design and craftsmanship. We work towards increasing awareness of craft and design as a strong career choice by initiating education and training programmes for children, students, teachers and craft makers that involves authentic, creative engagement. We advance knowledge and skills by leveraging the following services and programmes:

DCCI Academy 

DCCI Academy is a specialised academy for education, training and apprenticeships. We welcome everyone, from design and craft beginners to established professionals.  Learn more about DCCI Academy


Future Makers Awards & Supports 

DCCI’s annual Future Makers Awards & Supports programme rewards the next generation of creative makers, providing support for development of an exciting career in the design and craft industry. The programme funds research, training, residencies, exhibitions, studio development and more. This initiative promotes and distinguishes imaginative use of skills and excellence in design for creative students and recent graduates of full-time craft based studies at a critical stage in their career. It provides support for the next generation of makers to learn, experience, investigate, develop, create and shape the future of Irish craft. 

National Design & Craft Gallery   

Established by the Design & Crafts Council Ireland in 2000, the National Design & Craft Gallery is Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary craft and design. Open to the public and with free admission its commitment to excellence and innovation allows it to showcase some of the finest examples of contemporary craft. A visit to the National Design & Craft Gallery will provide your group with an enjoyable and inspirational way of learning more about art, craft and design. All ages are welcome to book their free tours, from schools, primary to third-level and other group audiences; each gallery tour is tailored to suit your groups' age and ability. All welcome, please contact to discuss tour booking in advance.

For further information on any of the above or for any DCCI education queries please email