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The Art Curriculum for Junior Certificate changed in 1991 to a project based examination which is undertaken and completed in the 3rd year of the cycle. All art students of the Junior Cycle complete this course which has proven to be intense but very worthwhile. 

At senior level students have a choice in the type of course that suits them and the art courses vary accordingly. The choices are Leaving Cert, Leaving Cert applied, Leaving Cert Vocational Programme.

Junior Certificate: A project based course

Junior cert art students produce a project at the end of their third year. This project is centred around a theme which they are made aware of in early October of their JCert Year. First year and second year consists of trying out as many art practices and trying to find the one that suits you. In Art, Craft, Design you will have the opportunity to create images and objects using a variety of tools, materials and special equipment. To understand Art, Craft, Design it is important to make things yourself so that you learn and understand by doing.Examples of such art practices include:

  • Puppetry
  • Embroidery
  • Lino Printing
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
  • Mask making
  • and clay modelling to name but a few

The Junior Cert project requires that the student chooses a theme from the list provided to them in October. They are then required to produce the following: A graphic Design/Painting, A 3D piece and an Option. All research and development work must be shown on Preparatory pages. Also students must show evidence of looking at artists and the influence they had on their own work. This research is displayed on 2 Support Studies Sheets.

At the end of the Project there is the Drawing Exam. There are 2 parts. 1. Drawing the human figure (50 marks) 2. Drawing an object (50 marks) the project is awarded 300 marks






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Why study Art & Design for Leaving Cert? 

Many opportunities can arise from studying Art, Craft and Design for Leaving Cert. You may wish to study Art for its own sake or you may explore the potential of creating an Art portfolio and study Art & Design or a related subject at third level.

Art is not an easy option and to be successful requires:
The interest and motivation to work independently on your own ideas.
A good level of artistic ability.
A willingness to experiment with new and different ways of working.
The commitment to 1-2 hours of quality homework each week.
The ability to write intelligently on the areas of Art History and Appreciation.

You might wish to go into a job where it is useful to have had experience of art, craft or design, or where you will need to use some of the skills developed during this course. These might include careers in advertising, marketing, design, architecture, publishing or the media.

If you are considering a career in an Art & Design related subject, it is advised to have studied Art for Leaving Cert.


Example of a Finished Design by a Leaving Cert Candidate

Our Lady’s enjoy overwhelming success in Credit Union Art competition


National Success in Credit Union Art Competition for Our Lady’s

Our Lady’s enjoy overwhelming success in Credit Union Art competition

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