The Drawing Department provides a comprehensive Technical Graphics curriculum at Junior Cycle and Design & Communication Graphics at Senior cycle.
Drawing Personnel (Individual names not required)
The department have three full time teachers who possess extensive expertise and experience. All members have been involved in in-career development and teaching workshops. The Drawing department meet on a regular basis with the Woodwork, Engineering and Art Departments to discuss and explore ways of promoting and developing the subjects within the school.
Technical Graphics at Junior Level
In technical graphics students will learn how objects we use and see everyday are represented on the drawing sheet. This will be achieved by using the techniques of both sketching and draughting. Students will also be improving their spatial ability by visualising objects from different angles in space and transferring that onto paper. Students will also learn about computer aided design (CAD) & SolidWorks, and their applications in Technical Graphics. This course is assessed by an end of year exam which consists of fifteen short questions and four long questions.
Design and Communication Graphics at Senior Level
The Design and Communication Graphics course makes a unique contribution to the student’s cognitive and practical skills development. These skills include graphicacy/graphic communication, creative problem solving, spatial abilities/visualisation, design capabilities, computer graphics and CAD modelling. The creative and decision-making capabilities of students in the activities associated with design are developed through three principal areas of study: design and communication graphics, plane and descriptive geometries and applied graphics. This programme is designed and structured to take cognisance of important developments in the modes of communicating design information. It is intended to develop the creative thinking and problem solving abilities of students.
Plane and descriptive geometries are central in developing an understanding of the graphics code, developing spatial abilities and problem solving skills. The body of knowledge associated with the topics covered will allow students to explore a number of applications associated with design, in architecture, engineering and technology generally. An imaginative approach to problem solving is encouraged through the exploration of a variety of geometric principles and concepts. This is of
particular importance when dealing with three-dimensional space in the context of descriptive geometry. This area of study will also lay the foundation for productive and creative use of computer-aided drawing and design (CAD). International standards, codes and practices are applied throughout the course of study.
Five areas of applied graphics are included and students will choose two areas of study from the following options: dynamic mechanisms, structural forms, geologic geometry, surface geometry and assemblies. The two selected options will afford the student the opportunity to explore the principles of plane and descriptive geometries and to develop an understanding of these geometries through practical application. The study of design applications will contribute significantly to the students’ appreciation and understanding of their environment.
The development of electronic communication has become extremely important in the world of Information Technology. To participate in this development, it is necessary to be able to electronically generate drawings and design ideas. A study of Computer Aided Design through the design and communication graphics elements enables students to accurately model designs and solutions and to communicate and share these within the electronic environment.
The development of the student’s sketching abilities contributes to the development of a range of cognitive modelling skills, including graphic ideation and the definition and refinement of design and problem solving ideas. Sketching is also an efficient means of instant communication, with self and others. In the application of a variety of rendering techniques, the skills of learning to see and visualise are enhanced.
The design and communication area of study will consequently make a significant contribution to student assignments relating to presentation drawings, CAD modelling and design. The design activity and the communication of design will inform all areas of the course. The symbolic codes and cognitive modelling systems associated with design and communication graphics and CAD encourage students to become problem definers and creative problem solvers. The design theme, which permeates the course, will empower the students to communicate their design ideas and solutions with accuracy, flair and confidence. To develop an appreciation for, and understanding of, aesthetic principles and their importance in design and the human environment.
Drawing Department has facilities, which include Personal computers with AutoCAD and SolidWorks software, internet facilities, overhead projector, Data projector, Notice boards and blackboards. The Drawing rooms have various posters reflecting Technical Graphics and Design Communication Graphics. They also have T-squares, drawing boards and drawing equipment for each student.
Drawing Department Activities
Demonstrations by students on Open day and night to promote subject. This includes SolidWorks modelling, freehand sketching, Drawing assignments and DVD presentation .
**Note -This department plan is only a basic introduction to each department. A detailed version is kept on record in the staffroom.