Design and Communication Graphics provides you with the opportunity for visualising and understanding information presented either verbally or graphically. You will work on your problem solving and creative thinking skills as you have to use 2D and 3D graphics.

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Most students who take this course will have done Technical Graphics at Junior cert, but MTW and Technology are also useful Junior cert subjects for DCG. You will get lots of practice doing freehand sketching, traditional draughting (technical drawing) and using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) programs such as SolidWorks.

**Design & Communication Graphics (DCG)** **Course Content **

- Projection Systems
- Plane Geometry
- Conic Sections
- Geometry of Lines and Planes
- Intersection and Development of Surfaces
- Graphics
- Communication of Design
- Freehand Drawing
- Information and Communication Technologies
- Dynamic Mechanisms
- Structural Forms
- Geological Geometry
- Surface Geometry
- Assemblies

**The Exam**

One Exam Paper worth 60%

A Student Project worth 40%

The exam is 3 hours long

**Section A:** You must do 3 of the 4 short questions taken from the following areas: * Projection Systems

*Plane Geometry

* Conic Sections

* Intersection and Development of Surfaces

* Descriptive Geometry of Lines and Plane

**Section B: **You must do 2 of the 3 long questions taken from the following areas: * Projection Systems

*Plane Geometry

* Conic Sections

* Intersection and Development of Surfaces

* Descriptive Geometry of Lines and Plane

**Section C:** Answer 2 of the 5 long questions which will be based on material from the following areas: * Dynamic Mechanisms

*Structural Forms

* Surface Geometry

*Geologic Geometry *Assemblies Each question will be a multi-part question - Marks 90(2x45)

**Project**

You will have to submit a project toward the end of 6th year which will be on a given theme which is outlined in a brief normally released in September. You will have the choice of a design investigation and modification or a design investigation and concept design.

**Future Careers with Leaving Certificate DCG**

Design, Architecture, Engineering, Product Design

*Download the leaving cert *Design & Communication Graphics (DCG)*syllabus *

*Download the leaving cert *Design & Communication Graphics (DCG)* Chief examiner's report (2009) *