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Design and Communication Graphics

Course Overview

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.


Why Study Design and Communications Graphics

DCG helps to further students’ cognitive and practical skills with modules like graphic communication, problem solving, spatial visualisation, design capabilities, computer graphics and much more.


The syllabus comprises of three fundamental areas of study:

1) Plane and descriptive geometry,

2) Communication of design and computer graphics,

3) Applied graphics.


What sort of subject?

It is intended to improve the students’ graphics and visualization skills and their creative ability. The subject is designed to cater for all levels of ability by systematically stimulating and advancing the inexperienced and by developing and challenging the more able. Plane and descriptive geometry and applied graphics provides students with a knowledge of essential graphic principles. It encourages students to solve graphical problems creatively by applying spatial reasoning and geometric principles and concepts, as well as selecting appropriate graphics in communicating ideas and solutions.

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 solutions.

It also develops intellectual qualities of comprehension, analysis and problem solving as well as the skills of manipulation and dexterity and development of overall design sensitivity.

Career Links:

  • All types of Engineering,
  • Architecture and Draughtsperson,
  • Designer; (product, structural and industrial),
  • Cartographer;Technical Sales; Town Planner


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For more detailed information on the Leaving Certificate DCG syllabus click the link below.