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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. Students will develop their creativity as they investigate and solve design challenges. Students will work with their peers to refine their ideas from an abstract concept to a final, detailed, drafted design. Abstraction, and spatial reasoning are fundamental to this process; graphics provide multiple and varied opportunities for students to develop these high level cognitive and creative skills in engaging context. Here's a Graphics overview and its importance:

Course Content

SEC Examination

Project – 30%

Final Examination – 70%


Students develop knowledge, understanding, skills and values through engagement with

learning outcomes. Learning supported by formative assessment.

Classroom-Based Assessment 1:

Communication through sketching.

Classroom-Based Assessment 2: Graphical presentation skills. 


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.

Who would this subject suit at Junior Cycle

Students who complete our taster programme and have enjoyed Graphics as a subject. Students who take pride in solving-problems and in their creative work. Who would like to develop the skills in this subject area.

Type of Homework/Projects/Assignments
  • Variety of forms, accurate drawings, free-hand sketches/designs and 3D models. 

  • Submitting completed drawings to DCG Google Classroom

  • Completing 3D modelling tasks.

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Other Points

In the junior cycle curriculum there is a suite of technology subjects. Wood Technology and Graphics are two that we offer and work very well together. Each subject offers the student different experiences which contribute towards their education in the technologies.


Our own Department created resources

Onshape: Students have their own account for 3D Modelling:

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