This is a new syllabus introduced in 2007. This subject is all practical based. Design and Communication Graphics provides students with the opportunity for visualizing and comprehending information presented verbally or graphically. Problem solving and creative thinking skills are developed through the analysis and solution of both 2- and 3-dimensional graphics. Graphics and design are communicated using freehand sketching skills, traditional draughting equipment and CAD.

If you are interested in taking this subject to Leaving Certificate level you will have taken Technical Graphics to Junior Certificate level. There is a great emphasis in the Leaving Certificate course on comprehension, analysis and problem solving. In simple terms you must be able to understand what has to be done, analyse how you are going to approach it and then proceed to solve the problem. Although it is not an essential subject for either architecture or engineering it is regarded as a useful asset if you are thinking of a technical course.

This subject is intended to improve the students’ graphics and visualization skills and their creative ability. The subject is designed to cater for all levels of ability by systematically stimulating and advancing the inexperienced and by developing and challenging the more able. Plane and descriptive geometry and applied graphics provides students with knowledge of essential graphic principles. It encourages students to solve graphical problems creatively by applying spatial reasoning and geometric principles and concepts, as well as selecting
appropriate graphics in communicating ideas and solutions.

Communication of design and computer graphics introduces students to the use of graphics in a wide variety of design situations. It also encourages the development of the critical skills of design analysis and creative problem solving through the exploration of a variety of design problems and solutions. It also develops intellectual qualities of comprehension, analysis and problem solving as well as the skills of manipulation and dexterity and development of overall design sensitivity.

Subject Content

Consists of a core section comprised of (a) plane and solid geometry and (b) communication computer graphics. There is also an options section of applied graphics. Two options are to be taken.

All topics are the same for Higher and Ordinary Level. The difference lies in depth of knowledge.

 Exam Structure

Terminal Exam Paper 60% + Student Assignment 40%

 Student Assignment: 160 Marks
 Emphasis on:
  • Elements of design
  • Communication graphics
  • Use of ICT’S in design
 Different theme for Higher and Ordinary Level
 May take the form of:
  • A design investigation and modification
  • A concept design
 Third Level Entry Requirements

This subject is not an essential requirement for any courses in the CAO system.

Useful for: All Engineering careers, Architecture, Army and Air Corps Apprenticeships, CAD, Cartographer, Construction Studies/Trades, Engineering Trades, Fitter, Industrial Designer, Motor Mechanic, Structural Design, Draughts Person

Final Comments
  • It is an advantage to have studied Technical Graphics at Junior Cert. Level.
  • Free-hand sketching is a main component of the core therefore Junior Cert art, materials technology wood and/or technology would serve as an advantage in this area.
  • A basic knowledge of ICT skills is also beneficial.
  • Students must also appreciate that work completed must conform to a high standard of neatness and draftsman-ship.