In Graphics you will learn how to represent 2-D and 3-D objects on paper and use CAD software on the computer. You will develop problem solving and creative thinking skills through the solution of graphical problems which are transferable skills throughout life.
What will I learn in Graphics?
Throughout the course, students will explore the geometric world to gain an appreciation of the importance of graphics in the world around them. They will develop cognitive and practical skills such as graphical communication, spatial visualisation, creative problem-solving, design capabilities and modelling, both physically and through the use of computer-aided design.
Some of the things you will learn include:
- How to produce drawings using drawing equipment, freehand sketches and computers.
- How to read and interpret drawings and diagrams.
- How graphics relate to the design and manufacture of products.
- Produce neat drawings of everyday items.
- Create models of recognisable items on the computer.
- Use freehand sketching, colouring and shading to represent objects.
How is Graphics assessed?
The assessment of Graphics for the purposes of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) will comprise of:
Two Classroom-Based Assessments;
CBA1 Communicating through sketching in 2nd year and
CBA2 Graphical presentation skills in 3rd year.
- A project (30%)
- A final 2-hour examination (70%)
How will Graphics be useful to me?
Graphics helps you to think in a more logical and creative way. You will be able to communicate information using diagrams and sketches. You will have learned how to present information in a neat and organised fashion. This subject will be of use to you if you want to progress into career areas such as architecture, product design or engineering.
Design and Communications Graphics
The Design and Communication Graphics course makes a unique contribution to the student’s cognitive and practical skills development. These skills include graphical communication, creative problem solving, spatial abilities/visualization, design capabilities, computer graphics and CAD modelling.
The creative and decision-making capabilities of students in the activities associated with design are developed through three principal areas of study:
1. Design and communication graphics
2. Plane and descriptive geometries and applied graphics.
3. Plane and descriptive geometries.
These are central in developing an understanding of the graphical coding and decoding of information (graphics code), and in developing spatial abilities and problem-solving skills.
The body of knowledge associated with the topics covered will allow students to explore a number of applications associated with design in architecture, engineering and technology generally.
Five areas of applied graphics are included and students will choose two areas of study from the following options
- Dynamic mechanisms
- Structural forms
- Geologic geometry
- Surface geometry
The final drawing exam accounts for 60% marks. There is also a Student Assignment which contributes to 40% of the remaining marks for DCG.