Design and Communications Graphics: Topical paper built on modern architecture
A particular focus on modern architecture helped to make for a topical and interesting Leaving Cert higher-level Design and Communications Graphics (D&CG) paper, according to teachers.
Eóin Ó hAodha, of Meánscoil Gharman, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) noted that architecture featured in all three sections of the paper, with the De Lacy suspension bridge in Drogheda, Co Louth, as well as the glazed atrium at the Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne, Co Meath, among the structures used as a basis for geometry questions.
In Part A, GAA fans might also have enjoyed the perspective question based on hurling. "Connecting the learning, content and themes of exam questions to the built environment that the student inhabits is an excellent idea," he said.
ASTI D&CG subject representative Liam Quinn, a teacher at St Jarlath's, Tuam, Co Galway, described it as a very fair, relevant paper, one that all students should have found accessible. "The topics that students would have studied all came up," he said.
The ordinary-level paper proved just as topical, with a question on the swimming pool structure at the new Center Parcs holiday resort in Co Longford. Mr Ó hAodha said there was also a very nice dynamic mechanisms question on the workings of a Ducati motorbike engine. Mr Quinn said ordinary level was "similarly accessible".