The department has a staff of three full-time teachers who possess extensive expertise and experience.  All members have been involved in in-career development and teaching workshops.  Regular meetings take place exploring ways of improving and developing teaching methodologies and streamlining best practice within our subject area.  The subjects within the practical department are usually popular among students, allowing them to develop their creative and problem solving skills. 

Technical Graphics

Technical Graphics is one of the technology subjects offered at junior cycle. It is closely linked to a number of areas of Maths, as well as Materials Technology Wood and Materials Technology Metal.  In Technical Graphics students will learn how objects we use and see every day are represented on the drawing sheet.  This will be achieved by using the techniques of both sketching and draughting. 

  • Technical Graphics enables students to think in a more logical and creative way.
  • Students will learn to represent 3-D objects on paper and on computer. 
  • Students will be able to communicate information using diagrams and sketches.
  • Students will develop problem-solving and creative thinking skills through the solution of graphical problems.
  • Students will also improve their spatial ability by visualising objects from different perspectives and rotating objects about the planes of reference.
  • Students learn how to present information in a neat and organised fashion; marks are awarded for neatness, accuracy and presentation in the Junior Certificate exam. 
  • Students will also learn about computer aided design (CAD) and SolidWorks and their applications in Technical Graphics. 


It is fully examined by terminal exam which is three hours long for higher level and two and a half hours at Ordinary Level. The paper consists of fifteen short questions and six long questions.  Students are marked on their best twelve short questions and four long questions.  Short questions account for 30% of the overall grade. 

The subject may be taken at higher or ordinary level.

This subject will be of use to you if you want to progress into career areas such as architecture or engineering. 


Design and Communication Graphics

Design and Communication Graphics is a practical subject which involves drawing with instruments, free-hand sketching and CAD, through SolidWorks.

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. 
  • comprehension, analysis and problem solving skills 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.

The Core Syllabus

  • Plane and Descriptive Geometry
  • Design and Communication Graphics 

Sketching is an efficient means of instant communication, with self and others.  In the application of a variety of rendering techniques, the skills of learning to see and visualise are enhanced.

An imaginative approach to problem solving is encouraged through the exploration of a variety of geometric principles and concepts, which will lay the foundation for creative use of computer-aided drawing and design (CAD).

Applied Graphics 

Two options are selected out of five possible areas of applied graphics which include: 

  • Dynamic Mechanisms
  • Structural Forms
  • Geologic Geometry 
  • Surface Geometry
  • Assemblies.

By concentrating on two options the students have the opportunity to explore the principles of plane and descriptive geometries in relation to their practical applications in great detail.  The study of practical applications contributes to the student’s appreciation and understanding of the environment. 


Each year the students are required to produce a Student Assignment related to a theme or topic requiring investigation and decision making.  The Student Assignment is submitted to the State Examinations Commission in January of sixth year and is worth 40% of the overall grade. 

Leaving Certificate Design and Communication Graphics is assessed at two levels, ordinary and higher.

Drawing Facilities

The Drawing Department has facilities, which include personal computers with SolidWorks software, internet facilities, overhead projector, data projector, visualiser, notice boards and blackboards.  The drawing rooms have various posters reflecting Technical Graphics and Design and Communication Graphics.  They also have T-squares, drawing boards and drawing equipment for each student. 

Drawing Department Activities 

Department activities include demonstrations by students on Open night to promote the  subject which includes SolidWorks modelling, freehand sketching, the display of students’ assignments and DVD presentation.



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