What is Design and Communication Graphics (DCG)

DCG is the follow on subject from Junior Certificate technical Graphics. The subject was first examined in June 2009, having replaced Technical Drawing. 








What will I learn in DCG?

Some of the things you will learn include:

• how to produce drawings using drawing equipment,freehand sketches and computers
• how to read and interpret drawings and diagrams

• creative problem solving

• computer graphics and CAD modelling

• design capabilities

Will DCG have anything to do with other subjects I will be studying?

Yes, DCG will be very helpful in the study of Construction Studies, as each of these subjects require you to make drawings of the pieces you will be making. The problem solving and geometry you will learn in DCG will prove very useful in Mathematics.

What is the DCG exam like?

Design and Communication Graphics is assessed at both Ordinary level and Higher level by means of a 3 hour terminal exam (60%) and a student project (40%) that includes a including a compulsory CAD element.

You can take the exam at Higher or at Ordinary level.When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best

The Student project:

40% of the total marks awarded in the Leaving certificate is for the project. the project is completed in class time under the supervision of the teacher (Approximately 40 hours to complete).
The emphasis of the project is on:
Elements of  Design, Communication Graphics, Use of ICT in Design

How will DCG be useful to me?

Design and Communication Graphics helps you to think in a more logical and creative way.You will be able to communicate information using diagrams and sketches.You will have learned how to present information in a neat and organised fashion.This subject will be of use to you if you want to progress into career areas such as architecture, all engineering codes, trades people and quantity surveying. This subject will develop your problem solving skills through the completion of the student assignment. 

Skill developed during the course:

These skills include graphic communication, creative problem solving, spatial abilities / visualisation, design capabilities, computer graphics and CAD modelling.  The creative and decision-making capabilities of students is developed within the activities associated with design. It is intended to develop the creative thinking and problem solving abilities of students through project work.

Course structure:

• Compulsory core elements (including Computer Aided Design (CAD / ICT)
• Five options (two to be studied)

* Source NCCA website


Design and Communication Graphics (D.C.G.)

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