• Provide learning experiences which develop the student’s aesthetic and artistic skills, confidence and practice, and art and design appreciation
  • Develop the student’s awareness of the historical, social, personal, economic and cultural importance of art, craft, design, and the built environment
  • Encourage the student to develop an enquiring and informed attitude to their environment and enable them to relate to society through art, craft and design
  • Develop and enhance the student’s ability to appreciate, respond, enjoy, value, create and communicate through visual art and design
  • Develop the student’s individuality and self-esteem through artistic achievement
  • Encourage the student to work collaboratively with others.



The objectives of Junior Certificate Art, Craft, Design are to

  • Enable students to create artifacts that are visually expressive
  • Enable students to create artifacts based on primary sources
  • Develop students’ graphic skills through different and varied modes of drawing as part of the realisation of ideas in the creation of 2-D and 3-D design imagery
  • Promote the use of specific art, craft and design vocabulary as part of making and receiving art
  • Provide an opportunity for students to use a brief to find a personal direction for a project
  • Allow students to work through the process of bringing an idea from conception to realisation
  • Promote an understanding of relevant current tools and technologies as applied to art, craft and design
  • Provide opportunities for students to become conversant with the use of a variety of materials, media, tools and equipment
  • Make students aware of the essential health and safety practices in all aspects of art, craft and design practice.


Syllabus overview

There are five principal components in the course:

  • Appreciation of art, craft, design, and the built environment
  • Drawing
  • 2-D Art, Craft, Design
  • 3-D Art, Craft, Design
  • Craft