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Design and Communication Graphics

Design and Communication Graphics

Design & Communication Graphics

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, 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 draftsmanship.

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, it is advisable that you completed Technical Graphics to Junior Certificate level but this is not always the case. Please speak to the DCG teacher prior to picking the subject.

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 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%.

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’S 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.

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