Castleblayney College


Junior Certificate Art, Craft and Design Curriculum:

The Junior Certificate Art syllabus aims to develop the expressive, communicative and functional modes of art, craft and design in the individual within the art class.

Junior Certificate Art both at Ordinary and Higher Level is assessed on a combination of an individual thematic project undertaken during Junior Certificate year (300 Marks) and a Drawing Exam of an object and a person (100 Marks) which takes place in May. First and Second Year Art consists of experimenting with different art practices and finding one that suits you as an artist. These will include areas such as:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Embroidery
  • Lino Printing
  • 3D Mixed Media Construction
  • Animation
  • Support studies involving Artist Research

Leaving Certificate Art Curriculum:

The Leaving Certificate Art syllabus is a broadly based course, which is made up of four sections.

It is assessed on a combination of practical work and a written examination at both Higher and Ordinary Level.
The practical examinations are held in May and papers including themes are distributed to students three weeks before the exams to help with the preparation of ideas, research, design and materials.These exams include the following:

  • Imaginative Composition or Still Life (100 Marks)
  • Design or Craftwork (100 Marks)
  • Life Sketching (50 Marks)

The History and Appreciation of Art (150 Marks) written examination is held in June. Students are given two and half hours to complete three long questions on topics including Irish Art, European Art and Appreciation of Art.
You may wish to study art for its own sake or to help gain entry to an Art-related course at third level. This would involve creating an Art Portfolio. Careers in the field of Art can include Teaching, Textile Design, Photography, Architecture, Fashion, Multimedia to name a few!

Competitions and Tours in Art

There are many fun and exciting competitions in which Art Students can take part in including Texaco Art Competition, Junk Kouture Fashion Competition, Credit Union Poster Competition, Mental Health Competition and many more!

Students enjoy many Art Related school trips also including Newgrange, Co. Meath, The Hugh Lane Gallery, Co. Dublin, visits to local galleries and even The Louvre Art Gallery in Paris!

To find out more information about this subject please click on the following link which will bring you to the guidelines on this subject:

Junior Cycle Visual Art

Senior Cycle Art

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