The syllabus has four sections, each of which must be covered:
- Imaginative Composition or Still Life (25%)
- Craft Work (25%)
- Life Drawing (12.5%)
- Art History and Appreciation (37.5%)
Art History and Appreciation
Although it is mainly a practical course, Art History and Appreciation accounts for 37.5% of the grade in the final exams (150) marks. Within Art History there are three main areas of study:
- Irish Art - This involves a study of Irish art from Newgrange to the present day.
- European Art - This is a study of European art from medieval times to the present day. Topics covered include The Renaissance and The Impressionists.
- Appreciation of Art and Design - Topics explored under this term include film appreciation, a review of an exhibition, product design interior design, architecture and local heritage.
There are four exams to sit at the end of sixth year, three of which will be completed before the Leaving Cert begins.
The three practical exams – Life Drawing, Imaginative Composition or Still Life and Design Craft - are held in May and students receive their papers a month in advance in order to prepare for the exams.
The fourth paper, The History of Art takes place in June. This exam is two and a half hours and consists of three essays, one from each sectio