Mount Anville Secondary School

Graphics & DCG

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Graphics at junior cycle and DCG (Design & Communication Graphics) at senior cycle were introduced to Mount Anville’s curricula in 2020. Graphics is the underpinning language of technology subjects and the skills developed through graphics are transferrable across a wide range of subjects such as mathematics, science, engineering and art. Graphics is foremost focused on the exploration of the geometric world around us, graphical communication, spatial visualisation, creative problem-solving, design and modelling, both physically and through the use of CAD (computer-aided design).

Graphics or DCG emphasises the value of skills such as being accurate, being organised, practicably capable, ethical/intuitive design, spatial awareness, visualisation skills and the communication of information through varying methods,

Both courses incorporate practical and exam based assessments which encompass the ideology that practical application of skills learned is vital for being a creative problem solver with good spatial awareness and visualisation abilities.

Junior Cycle: Graphics – formerly “Technical Graphics”


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

Syllabus Structure:

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 construction creates a framework for student learning that ensures a coherent learning experience.

Assessment Components:

Classroom Based Assessment 1:Communication through sketching

  • Completed within a three-week period in second year
  • Students will develop their skills in using effective sketching methods and media to accurately communicate their vision, design and solution
  • The student can communicate their findings through any appropriate media
  • Recorded on the students’ Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA)

Classroom-Based Assessment 2:Graphical presentation skills

Completed within a three-week period in third year Students will focus on how to effectively present their research graphically. It will inform the project assessment element. Students will research and investigate the domain in which the project is situated and present their findings graphically through any appropriate graphical media. This Classroom-Based Assessment is an opportunity to instil in students a curious disposition, where they are free to experiment, encouraged to explore new and challenging opportunities and to reflect on the process. Recorded on the students’ JCPA.

After completion of each Classroom-Based Assessment (CBA), teachers engage in a Subject Learning & Assessment Review (SLAR) meeting to discuss student learning and share effective practice. Both CBAs are assessed by teachers using Features of Quality as set out in the Assessment Guidelines provided by the National Council for Curriculum & Assessment (NCCA).

Project and Examination

On completion of the Classroom-Based Assessments, students undertake a project. The project is completed after the second CBA in third year. The brief for the project is set and marked by the State Examinations Commission (SEC). The project accounts for 30% of the final SEC grade with the final exam accounting for the other 70%.

For more information on junior cycle Graphics please see:

Design and Communication Graphics – DCG


The Design and Communication Graphics course makes a unique contribution to the student’s cognitive and practical skills development. These skills include graphicacy/graphic communication, creative problem solving, spatial abilities/visualisation, design capabilities, computer graphics and CAD modelling. The creative and decision-making capabilities of students in the activities associated with design are developed through three principal areas of study: design and communication graphics, plane and descriptive geometries, and applied graphics. This programme is designed and structured to take cognisance of important developments in the modes of communicating design information. It is intended to develop the creative thinking and problem solving abilities of students.

Syllabus Structure

The syllabus comprises three fundamental areas of study:

  • Plane and Descriptive Geometry
  • Communication of Design and Computer Graphics
  • Applied Graphics

The core areas of study (Part One) comprise Plane and Descriptive Geometry and Communication of Design and Computer Graphics. Plane and Descriptive Geometry provides students with a knowledge of essential graphic principles while Communication of Design and Computer Graphics introduces students to the use of graphics in a wide variety of design situations. It also encourages the development of the critical skills of design analysis and creative problem solving through the exploration of a variety of design problems and situations.

The optional areas of study (Part Two) are offered within Applied Graphics where students are introduced to graphic applications in the fields of engineering, science and the human environment. These optional areas of study are

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

Students are required to study the core and at least two optional areas within Applied Graphics.

Assessment Components

The syllabus will be assessed in relation to the syllabus objectives and the specified student learning outcomes. All material specified within the areas of study is examinable.

There are two assessment components:

  1. A student assignment (40% of the examination marks, of which CAD will form a significant and compulsory component)
  2. A terminal examination paper (60% of the examination marks)

For more information on DCG please see:

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