There is a vibrant art department in our school and it is a subject that many of our students enjoy. Our art teacher, Ms Naughton has compiled an information on her leaflet which you can access by clicking on the following link; Art, Craft & Design.

If you want to find out more about what the subject covers in Junior Cycle please click here.

For Leaving Cert art covers art history (Ireland and Europe) as well as practical art work in areas of design, craft, life sketching and still life.  Preparation of a portfolio for art college is very important and is essential for most courses and “Art” as a subject can be required for some art courses.

Art is a useful subject for careers in art, fashion, craft, catering, apprenticeships, architecture (more than technical drawing), photography, national teaching, printing, TV, theatre, cosmetics, textiles, antiques, and design (graphic, industrial, fashion, interior, etc.)

The Leaving Cert Art course is slightly different from the Junior Cert course in that you do not have to do a project throughout the year.  Instead you have 4 sections; 3 of which are completed in May.  The final section, Art History (which is not part of the Junior Cert course) is completed in the form of a written exam in June.

Many of the skills learned in Junior Cert Art, Craft and Design are built on and expanded for Leaving Cert Art.  It is not mandatory to have done Art, Craft and Design to Junior Cert but an interest in art and general creativity would be desirable.


You are given the exam papers one week before the exam to allow you to prepare.

The examination comprises of 4 sections:

*Design/Craft                                                 100 marks

*Imaginative Composition/Still Life           100 marks

*Life Sketching                                               50 marks

*Art History                                                    50 marks

Design/Craft: You have a choice to take either Design or Craft. For Design/Craft, you choose 1 of the following: Poster, Clay Modelling, Pottery, Batik, Puppetry, Lino Printing, Calligraphy, Stage Set Design, embroidery, weaving.

Design: here you design your piece through drawings but do not make it.

Craft: is a 5 hour exam.  Here you make a finished art piece.

Imaginative composition/still life: You are given a written composition and you must make a drawing based on imagery/objects described in the text.

Life Sketching: Draw 2 sketches of a live model, 1 standing pose and 1 seated pose

For the seated pose you may sketch the whole figure or a close-up of the head/shoulders.

Art History:

Answer 3 questions in essay form and illustrate with sketches:

Section One                Art in Ireland

Section Two                European Art

Section Three             Appreciation (discuss topics based on every-day visual experiences)

What kind of skills will it help me develop?

Problem solving skills, creativity, develop logic and attention to detail, research skills, motor skills, spatial awareness, project development skills, essay writing skills.

How might it help my future career?

All aspects of Art, Craft & Design, interior design, interior architecture, architecture, fashion design, film & television, industrial design.  Extremely useful in the area of education, in particular primary school teaching, Montessori and secondary school art teaching.

What do students like about art?

It’s relaxing, a break from academic learning and there is a sense of freedom and the opportunity to decide for yourself what practical course-work you would like to pursue. Students like the variety within the course. The majority of the exam is finished in May. 5 – 10% of the marks awarded in Art History are for sketches. It develops an appreciation and awareness of artistic merits in other aspects of everyday life.

What might students find challenging about it?

Some students who find essay writing difficult may dislike this aspect of Art History.

In the gallery below you can see some of our students working on their pieces of art.