St Benildus College

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.

How will I learn Technical Graphics in school?
Some of the things you may do with your teacher and your classmates include:

What will I learn in Technical Graphics?
Some of the things you will learn include:

How can I learn more about Technical Graphics outside of school?
Some of the things you may do are:

How will I know how I am getting on?
Your teacher will let you know:

Other things you may do are:

You should notice that your skills are improving.

Is learning Technical Graphics anything like what I did in primary school?
You will have learned and done lots of things in mathematics which will be built on in Technical Graphics. For example, you will have learned about 2-D and 3-D shapes, and lines and angles.
In Visual Arts, you will have made drawings, experimented with lines, shapes, textures, patterns and tones. All of these previous learning experiences will be helpful when building up your skills in Technical Graphics. However your Technical Graphics teacher will start with the basic skills required and build on them throughout the course.

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.

Will Technical Graphics have anything to do with other subjects I will be studying?
Yes, Technical Graphics will be very helpful in the study of Materials Technology Wood as each of these subjects require you to make drawings of the pieces you will be making. The problem solving and geometry you will learn in Technical Graphics will prove very useful in Mathematics.

Will Technical Graphics be very different after the Junior Certificate?
At Leaving Certificate, you will be able to study Design and Communication Graphics. In this subject:
there will be a greater emphasis on computer graphics and freehand sketching
the geometry that you have learned in Junior Certificate will be further developed.

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.