The art course for Leaving Cert is about developing the student’s ability in a range of artistic fields and disciplines. The syllabus permits a huge number of media, from the fine arts such as sculpture, drawing, and painting, to puppet-making, embroidery, calligraphy, metalwork, and pottery.
Students are expected to spend the duration of the course practicing and developing their skills in several of these areas.
Students who have shown an aptitude for art, such as by getting high grades in Junior Cert art are often those who choose art for their Leaving Cert as well as those considering a career in a creative discipline such as architecture, marketing, film and entertainment, web design, fashion, game design, or advertising.
Students who are weak in other areas, such as languages or mathematics, may find it easier to achieve Leaving Cert points in art.
Art is chosen often by students who enjoy expressing themselves through art and like to sketch and doodle and those who are prepared to work hard at developing their artistic talent.
The Leaving Cert Art course is divided into:
- History & Appreciation of Art Written work 37.5%
- Design 25%
- Imaginative Composition/Still Life 25%
- Life Drawing 12.5%
The art history section of the paper covers a period of 4000 years looking at architecture, painting and design.