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Fine Arts: Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

Skills1

  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities

  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to move, grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects effectively.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Knowledge

  • Esthetics, cultural trends, and history of ideas
  • Human behavior, motivation, and psychology
  • Leadership and coordination of people and resources
  • Management principles involved in strategic and project planning and resource allocation
  • Media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods
  • Performance and craft
  • Structure and content of language
  • Theory, techniques, tools, and principles required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, and drama
  • Quantitative reasoning

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

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