Over the course of first year students will become familiar with the basic principles of drawing. This will cover the layout of a drawing and using the drawing equipment correctly. It will then use these skills to look at topics such as Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygons, Orthographic Projection and Developments. Throughout the year students will continuously develop their visuospatial abilities. Furthermore they will also develop other abilities such as cognitive and practical manipulative skills and problem solving skills. Skills that are invaluable in everyday life.
By the end of the 3 years students will have developed a high standard of Drawing and understanding of the key principles surrounding all the topics covered. Further topics will be covered in great detail like Plane Figures, Loci, Transformation Geometry and Areas of Figures. Choosing this subject opens up a plethora of future career paths such as those within Architecture, Industry, Civil Engineering and Construction (CAD Design).
This subject forms the basis of Design Communication Graphics (DCG) at Leaving Certificate level. Within DCG many of the topics covered at Junior Cycle will be explored in greater detail. A focus will also be placed on other topics such as Structural Forms, Surface Geometry, Geologic Geometry, Assemblies and Dynamic Mechanisms. Throughout the 2 years students will develop their problem solving, visuospatial and abstract reasoning skills to a level where they can now take these skills and utilise them in their future careers.
How will I learn Technical Graphics in school?
Things you may do with your teacher and your classmates include:
produce neat drawings of everyday items
create models of recognisable items on the computer
use freehand sketching, colouring and shading to represent objects
make paper/cardboard cut-outs of items and use these to model items in 3-D
work on your own and as part of a group
use a textbook and worksheets
organise and maintain a folder of drawings and notes.
How will Technical Graphics be useful to me?
Technical 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 or engineering.
Sample Work and Equipment