The Design and Communication Graphics course makes a unique contribution to the student’s cognitive and skills development. These skills include graphic communication, creative problem solving, spatial ability/visualisation, design capabilities, computer graphics and CAD modeling. The creative and decision making capabilities of students in the activities associated with design are developed through three principal areas of study:
The student assignment is 40% of the examination marks of which CAD will form a significant and compulsory part. The purpose of the assignment is to assess those elements of the course that cannot be readily assessed through the terminal examination, in particular elements of design and communication graphics and the utilization of ICT in design. The assignment will relate to a theme identified by the examining authority. A different theme will apply at Higher and Ordinary levels. Students must then proceed to develop a design or project brief in accordance with the given brief. The assignment may take the form of a design investigation and modification or a design investigation and concept design. The assessment criteria will differ at Higher and Ordinary level.
We have a fully equipped graphics room. This year saw the addition of 5 brand new state of the art PC’s to the DCG/TG room, taking our total to 15 PC’s and 2 laptops for student use. These machines are the most powerful machines in O’Carolan College having SolidWorks(3D Cad) installed on all of them. This is the CAD program our students use to complete their DCG assignment. We have recently installed an A3 scanner A3 colour printer and a visualizer.