These courses enable learners to gain recognition for the achievement of considerable knowledge in a range of subject areas, as for example in the Leaving Certificate and one-year Post Leaving Certificate courses.
Courses may be academic or practical in focus, and awards that are recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to progression opportunities higher up in the framework.
The majority of people with certificates at this level are well prepared for occupations that involve using their knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include office secretary, customer service representatives, special needs assistant, retail salespersons and childcare workers.
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
What kind of student would DCG suit?
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.
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%.
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
Communication of Design and Computer Graphics
Part 2 – Optional Areas of Study
You will be required to study two of the optional areas listed below:
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
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.