Exam Review: Design and Communication Graphics (DCG)

Written by Tomás Callanan, Yeats College DCG teacher

The 2024 Design and Communication Graphics (DCG) exam presented students with a mix of straightforward and challenging questions, reminiscent of the traditional Leaving Cert DCG paper structure. The exam maintained the usual distribution of core questions in Sections A and B, with Section C requiring an in-depth response to one studied question, a deviation from the earlier format of two questions.

Section A: Short Questions

Section A featured four short questions, out of which students had to answer three. The topics covered were:

  1. Perspective
  2. Oblique Plane
  3. Skew Lines
  4. Solids in Contact (making a return to the paper)

These topics were likely welcomed by students, as they are generally considered manageable and familiar.

Section B: Core Topics

Section B included standard topics such as:

  1. Intersecting Planes
  2. Axonometric Projection
  3. Development-based question

The Intersecting Planes question was particularly suited for higher-order students due to its complexity, requiring a deeper understanding and application of concepts.

Section C: Optional Areas

For Section C, students focused on one optional area instead of two. The topics were approachable and fair for those who had studied them thoroughly. This adjustment might have provided relief to students, as it reduced the breadth of material needing in-depth review.

Overall Impressions

The 2024 DCG exam was considered fair, with a few high-order components that added a layer of challenge. Students who prepared comprehensively across all core topics, rather than selectively studying, would have found the exam satisfying and left the exam hall feeling confident. The balance between familiar and challenging questions allowed for a comprehensive assessment of students’ understanding and skills in DCG.