The full Allocation of Marks is - 400

1.Imaginative Composition or Still Life - 100 marks

2. Design for a specific craft such as fabric-printing, calligraphy, linoprinting, embroidery, weaving, pottery, modelling, carving and publicity design. - 100 marks

3. Craft Work:
Design in the actual material for a craft such as linoprinting, bookcrafts, hand printed textiles, embroidery, weaving, puppetry, calligraphy, carving, modelling and art metalwork. - 50 Marks

4. Life Sketching

5. History and Appreciation of Art: - 150 Marks

Section 1: Art in Ireland (from Prehistoric times to the present)

Section 2: European Art (from the present)

Section 3: Candidates will be given an opportunity to discuss topics based on everyday visual experience in their own environment.


Some people say “What good is Art?”. (Remember Art as a subject is awarded as many points in the Leaving Cert. as Higher Maths or any other subject.) How many times have you heard this remark? The Leaving Certificate Art Course sets out to educate the student’s visual sense, which includes design.

A minority of students go on to become professional artists, concentrating mainly on ‘Fine Art’ although, as a career that can be precarious, but there is a wide range of careers in the design area. Art is a very useful subject for anyone considering going into Architecture, or Town Planning. Advertising Agencies require people with Art and Design training at many levels. There are book designers, packaging designers, nearly everything one uses today is pre-packed and therefore has to be designed. The fashion industry requires designers also the furniture industry requires designers in both fabric and textiles. Television uses both designers and graphic artists, there are film and stage designers. Interior design is another area, as is printing and magazine design. Graphic Designers are used also in the design of Web sites and C.D. Roms.

In industry, designers work with many different materials and design is and important tool in marketing and sales promotion. Art is a good background for photography and film-making - also T.V., multi-media and video production. Overall there are many career areas where a knowledge of art can be applied.

Art also offers a good contrast and balance to other subjects in school. It is a subject of enquiry. It helps to increase your awareness of people and your environment and puts you back in touch with natural creativity.

One other lesser known area is that of Art therapy. It can be used as a wonderful method of healing - both psychological and those recovering, long-term, from physical injury with prolonged periods in hospital. It is used by private practitioners, in psychiatric hospitals and with children suffering trauma or mental disability.

In Dublin Institute of Technology, those applying for Architecture may be required to do a ‘suitability test’ so that the College may assess drawing skills and general artistic awareness. An art portfolio may also be required as it is in applying for other art courses such as graphic-design, fine-art and others.

Do not forget that Art History is an important component of the course and is awarded over 37/38 % of your overall mark.

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