Is learning Art, Craft and Design anything like what I did in primary school?
You have already been expressing your creative abilities through drawing, paint and colour, print, construction, fabric and fibre in primary school. You will continue to build on these skills and you will also learn to use other tools, materials and special equipment to create images and objects.

How will Art, Craft and Design be useful to me?
Many of the skills you learn while studying Art, Craft and Design are very useful outside of school and in whatever job you choose to do in the future. There are many career opportunities in Art, Craft and Design -
areas such as: photography, illustration, interior, industrial, fashion design, education and architecture

What is the Art, Craft and Design Junior Certificate Exam like?
In Art, Craft and Design, you will be examined in two ways:
• course-work - in third year, you will do a school-based project, chosen from a list of themes. You will research your theme, do preparatory work and complete a painting or graphic design, a craft piece, and a 3-D piece. You will relate your work to other artist’s work.
• an examination in which you will draw an object and a person.
You can take Art, Craft and Design at Higher or at Ordinary level. When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.

How will I know how I am getting on?
As you progress in Art, Craft and Design:
• you will be able to see and judge for yourself how you are progressing
• your teacher will tell you how your skills have improved as you become a better artist
• you will evaluate your own and other’s work through class discussions.

Will Art, Craft and Design be very different after the Junior Certificate?
After the Junior Certificate, you may be able to choose Art as an option for your Leaving Certificate. You will continue to build on the artistic skills you developed in Junior Certificate, and you will be offered greater challenges. You will continue to study the history and appreciation of art, craft, design and the built environment in a more formal way.

Will Art, Craft and Design have anything to do with other subjects I will be studying?
Art, Craft and Design is all around you so it links with all subjects especially:
Technical Graphics, Materials Wood Technology, Religious Education, Geography, SPHE and CSPE.

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