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An Chomhairle Náisiúnta Curaclaim agus Measúnachta
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Visual Art

Junior Cycle Visual Art sets out clear expectations for students, across the three integrated strands of Art, Craft and Design. Visual Art at junior cycle aims to provide the student with a set of personal attitudes and qualities as well as skills and processes and a sense of the aesthetic. Through practical engagement in the areas of art, craft and design students will develop self-confidence, inquisitiveness, imagination, and creativity.

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.

This archive holds copies of previous subject-related documentation.

Junior Certificate Art, Craft, Design

The syllabus, ran from year - year. For first, second and third year students in post primary education (12 - 15 year olds), it aimed to develop the expressive, communicative and functional modes of art, craft and design in the individual within the art class with drawing as the central activity.
This syllabus was assessed at the end of third year at two levels, Ordinary and Higher. The quantity and quality of work produced determine the differences between the two levels.

Junior Certificate Art, Craft, Design syllabus

Junior Certificate Art, Crafty, Design - Teacher Guidelines.

Intermediate Certificate Art Syllabus

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Associated materials

Junior Certificate Art Factsheet

Circular M16/89, from the Minister for Education, issued in July 1989, it stated:
"The new [Junior Certificate] programme will subsume the Intermediate Certifictae and Day Group Certificate Programmes as the basis for examination for junior pupils from 1992 onwards. Pupils commencing the junior cycle in 1989 and after will, therefore, follow a common Junior Certificate programme."

Group Certificate Art

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Is é aidhm an tsiollabais, a dearadh do dhaltaí na chéad bhliana, na dara bliana agus na tríú bliana iar-bhunoideachais, modhanna cur in iúl, cumarsáideacha agus feidhmiúla na healaíne, na ceardaíochta agus an dearaidh a fhorbairt i scoláirí aonair sa rang ealaíne agus an líníocht a bheith ina ghníomhaíocht lárnach.
Ar dhá leibhéal a mheasúnaítear an siollabas ag deireadh na tríú bliana – Ardleibhéal agus Gnáthleibhéal. Is iad méid agus caighdeán na hoibre a dhéantar a chinneann na difríochtaí idir an dá leibhéal.