Visual Art

The public consultation into the Early Insights Review of the Junior Cycle Visual Art specification is now open.

In line with the Framework for Junior Cycle (2015), new subject specifications for Junior Cycle Modern Foreign Languages and Visual Art were introduced in schools in September 2017 as part of Phase 3 of the introduction of new subject specifications. The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) conducted an early insights review between February and March 2023 to gather feedback to evaluate and explore:
how well the specifications get to the heart of the learning aspired to within each subject and more broadly within the Framework for Junior Cycle
the assessment elements within each subject, as experienced by students and teachers
how teachers are exercising their professional judgement to mediate the new specification in their schools and classrooms.

Visual Art will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to produce and to engage with authentic and original art, craft and design work. In so doing, they will begin to develop the visual literacy, critical skills and language necessary to engage with contemporary culture. This will contribute to the students’ understanding of the rich and diverse roles of art, craft and design in historical and contemporary societies and cultures.

For students who began first year before September 2017 the Junior Certificate Art, Craft, Design syllabus applies.

For students who began first year in or after September 2017 the Junior Cycle Visual Art specification applies. To support the specification, Assessment Guidelines and Examples of Student Work are provided.

Both can be viewed here

The Junior Cycle Visual Art specification was introduced into schools in September 2017. The development of the specification began in February 2015.

The background paper and consultation report for Junior Cycle Visual Art explores the development of the subject at junior cycle, highlighting good practice at home and abroad and uses evidence-based research to inform the revision of the specification.

The Visual Art Development Group consists of the nominees from a range of education stakeholders including teacher and management bodies, Department of Education and Skills, and the State Examinations Commission. Reports of development group meetings can be accessed here.

A draft Junior Cycle Visual Art specification was developed from February 2015 - December 2016. The draft specification and consultation report is available here.