The aims of Technical Graphics are
(a) To stimulate the pupils’ creative imagination through developing their visual-spatial abilities.
(b) To encourage the development of the cognitive and practical manipulative skills associated with graphic design.
(c) To provide pupils with a body of knowledge appropriate to interpreting and communicating spatial information and ideas.
(d) To sharpen the pupils’ visual perception of their environment and its elements and encourage the exercising of aesthetic value judgments.
(e) To develop basic competency in computer graphics in the context of graphical problem-solving and computer aided design.
(f) To encourage the development of logical and progressive reasoning and enquiry/investigative skills, and the ability to spatialise and visualise two and three-dimensional configurations and their elements in the solution of graphical problems.
(g) To help pupils understand the importance of communicating information graphically.
Students will learn how to produce drawings using drawing equipment, freehand sketches and computers. They will be able to interpret drawings and diagrams. Students will understand how graphics relate to the design and manufacture of products. Technical Graphics is useful for careers in Architecture, Engineering, Graphic Design and Apprenticeships.
Choosing Technical Graphics will allow the study of Design and Communication Graphics at leaving certificate level.