Junior Cycle Graphics
In Junior Cycle Graphics, students develop their creativity, spatial ability, and capacity to reason and communicate ideas through engagement with abstract and applied geometric problem-solving activities. Graphics encourages the development of the cognitive and practical dexterity skills associated with graphical communication Students will build an appreciation of the role of graphics in the world around them and will make judgements on the best mode through which to represent their ideas and solutions.
Learning will be experienced across three strands – 2D Graphics, 3D Graphics and Applied graphics. Throughout each of the strands, the use of four elements: Spatial reasoning, Design thinking, Communicating and Geometric principles and Constructions creates a framework for student learning that ensures a coherent learning experience.
How will I learn Graphics in school?
Things you may do with your teacher and your classmates include:
produce neat drawings of everyday items
create models of recognisable items on the computer
use freehand sketching, colouring and shading to represent objects
make paper/cardboard cut-outs of items and use these to model items in 3-D
work on your own and as part of a group
use a textbook and worksheets
organise and maintain a folder of drawings and notes.
Senior Cycle Design Communication Graphics
Design Communication Graphics (DCG) at Leaving Certificate uses the knowledge, skills and values students have developed in Junior Cycle and explores them in greater detail through a variety of topics. The basic principles learned in many of the topics explored in Junior cycle will be applied to topics in Senior Cycle such as Sketching, 2D and 3D Geometric shapes, Orthographic Projection, Conic Sections, Developments, Solids in Contact, Desing and 3D Modeling/ CAD. A focus will also be placed on other topics such as Structural Forms, Surface Geometry, Geologic Geometry, Assemblies and Dynamic Mechanisms. Throughout the 2 years students will develop their problem solving, visuospatial and abstract reasoning skills to a level where they can now take these skills and utilise them in their future careers.
Choosing this subject opens up a plethora of future career paths such as those within Architecture, Product Design, Industry, Civil Engineering and Construction (CAD Design).