Technical Graphics

Technical Graphics is one of the technology subjects offered at junior cycle. In Technical Graphics you will learn how to represent 3-D objects on paper and on computer. You will develop problem solving and creative thinking skills through the solution of graphical problems.

What will I learn in Technical Graphics?

Some of the things you will learn include:

  • How to produce drawings using drawing equipment, freehand sketches and computers
  • How to read and interpret drawings and diagrams
  • How graphics relate to the design and manufacture of products.

How will I learn Technical Graphics in school?

Some of the things you may do with your teacher and your classmates are:

  • 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.

What is the Technical Graphics Junior Certificate exam like?

You will sit a three hour examination paper. It is made up two sections:

  • Short answer questions which you complete on the sheet provided and
  • Longer questions which require more detailed answers. The longer questions allow you to show, in greater detail, the drawing and problem solving skills you have learned.

 You can take the exam at Higher or at Ordinary level. When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.

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.

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