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Leaving Certificate

Design & Comm Graphics

Career Zone
QQI
NFQ Level
Duration
2 Years

Summary

This subject develops students' comprehension ability, and 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.

Why Study Design and Communications Graphics

  • DCG helps to further students’ cognitive and practical skills with modules like graphic communication, problem solving, spatial visualisation, design capabilities, computer graphics and much more.

What kind of student would DCG suit?

  • Students who have taken Tech Graphics to Junior Cert level.
  • Students who have a keen interest in further studies in practical areas of engineering and construction, or in apprenticeships which include the study of technical drawings.

Recommendations/Tips

  • It is an advantage to have studied Technical Graphics at Junior Cert. level.
  • Free-hand sketching is a main component of the core topics. Therefore, Junior Cert Art, Materials Technology or Wood 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 draftsmanship.
This subject builds skills and knowledge that are particularly useful for careers in the following Career Sectors:

Grades Awarded

Marks Distribution 2019:

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 4566 students who sat the Higher Level Design & Comm Graphics exam in 2019.

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 1025 students who sat the Ordinary Level Design & Comm Graphics exam in 2019.

 

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Course Overview

Design and Communication Graphics (DCG) has taken the place of technical drawing for the Leaving Certificate and provides students with the opportunity for visualising and comprehending information presented verbally or graphically.

If you are interested in taking this subject to Leaving Certificate level, you will need to have taken Tech 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. The DCG course now has a project aspect.

Quick Facts

Design and Communication Graphics is assessed by means of two assessment components: a student assignment at 40%, of which CAD forms a significant and compulsory element, and an examination paper at 60%.

Course Content

The course is comprised of two parts; Core areas of study and Optional Areas of Study

Part One – Core Areas of Study

Plane and Descriptive Geometry

  • Project Systems
  • Plane Geometry
  • Conic Sections
  • Descriptive Geometry of Lines and Planes
  • Intersection and Development of Surfaces

Communication of Design and Computer Graphics

  • Graphics in Design and Communication
  • Communication of Design
  • Freehand Drawing
  • Information and Communication Technologies

Part 2 – Optional Areas of Study

You will be required to study two of the optional areas listed below:

Applied Graphics

  • Dynamic Mechanism
  • Structural Forms
  • Geological Geometry
  • Surface Geometry
  • Assemblies

Exam Structure

One Terminal Exam Paper: 60%
Student Assignment: 40%

Terminal Exam: 3 hours duration.

Student Assignment Emphasis on: 

1.   Elements of design
2.   Communication graphics
3.   Use of ICT in design

Different theme for Higher and Ordinary level

May take the form of: 

-A design investigation and modification
-A concept design

Career Possibilities

DCG is a core element of many third level options including: Engineering, Product Design,  Construction and Architecture. Knowledge of this subject will greatly enhance a student's ability in any third level engineering-based programme.

Other relevant career areas include: toolmaker, engineering technician, and carpentry and aircraft technician.

Career Guidance

Subject Group: Artistic

These subjects involve developing creativity and the appreciation of the work of others. This involves learning the methods and techniques of the subject and producing your own work using these skills.

Required for 3rd Level?

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

Interviews

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

Brendan Cavanagh, Ships Engineer
I had chosen physics, engineering and technical drawing which all helped when I went to train in BIM college

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Maria O'Neill, Civil Engineer

In hindsight, I am happy to say I wouldn't have done anything differently to date! In my Junior Cert I did 9 subjects ; Maths, Irish, English, History, Geography, Science, Business Studies, French and Tech Graphics. I liked Languages and history the least. I won't lie, Maths, Geography, and Tech Graphics were the ones I enjoyed the most.

When I was choosing for my leaving Cert I still hadn't decided what I would do when I was finished. I was thinking of Engineering, Teaching or Physiotherapy. I wanted to leave my options open. To do physio you need a language (to get in to UCD) and 2 science subjects. I decided to do Maths, Irish, English, French, Geography, Physics and Chemistry for my leaving. That left all the options open.

I was good at Business Studies, but after looking at courses in college, I discovered you don't usually need a business subject to get into a business course. This is not the case for Science based courses. In 6th year I took up Applied Maths. Since I was doing Physics and Maths I had a good background for the subject. Twenty classes and just homework, and I got an honour. If anyone was to ask me if they should do it, if you like maths, its a great subject!

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Peter LaComber, Consulting Engineer

I chose Physics, Chemistry and Technical Drawing as my optional subjects for the Leaving Certificate with a view to choosing an engineering course at third level.

These subjects certainly helped with first year in college as I had a foundation in those subjects to build on.

In hindsight, I would have chosen Applied Maths over Technical Drawing as the engineering course had a significant Applied Maths content.

Overall, I feel my subject choices were appropriate for my career choice.

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