Technical Graphics is one of the technology subjects offered at junior cycle. In Technical Graphics you will learn how to represent 3D objects on paper and on professional software. You will develop problem solving and creative thinking skills, through the means of graphical form.

​What will I learn?

  • How to produce drawings using drawing equipment, freehand sketches and using computer software.
  • How to read and interpret drawings and diagrams.
  • How graphics relate to the design and manufacture of real-world products.

​What will I do?

  • Produce neat drawings of everyday items.
  • Create models of everyday items on the computer.
  • Use freehand sketching, coloring and shading to represent objects.
  • Make paper/cardboard cut-outs of items and use these to model items in 3-D.
  • Work on your own and as part of a group
  • Use a textbook and worksheets.
  • Organise and maintain a folder of drawings and notes.

​Practical uses?

Technical Graphics helps you to think in a more logical and creative way. It will enable you to represent information as diagrams and sketches, 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
  • Engineering
  • Programming

​Junior Certificate Exam

​You will sit a three hour examination paper, which is made up of two sections:

  • ​Short answer questions, which you complete on the sheet provided.
  • 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.