RIAI and Junior Cycle for Teachers’ Junior Cycle Graphics Exhibition

Junior Cycle for Teachers, in association with the RIAI, are delighted to collaborate again for the the 2023 Junior Cycle Graphics Exhibition.

Any student who is studying Junior Cycle Graphics is encouraged to observe the world around them and identify and explore an object or building that shows creative and intelligent design, then communicate it graphically.

Students are encouraged to use any presentation method such as sketching, board drawing, modelling, photography, CAD, video etc.

How to Enter

  • Any student studying Junior Cycle Graphics.
  • Teachers are asked to submit entries on their students’ behalf to graphics@jct.ie
  • Each entry must include the student’s name, year group and school name.
  • Entries will be exhibited on the RIAI website, which is a showcase of good design. 

The deadline for entries is Friday, 29 April 2023.


What is Junior Cycle Graphics?

In Junior Cycle Graphics, students develop their creativity, spatial ability, and capacity to reason and communicate ideas through engagement with abstract and applied geometric problem-solving activities. Graphics encourages the development of the cognitive and practical dexterity skills associated with graphical communication.

In Junior Cycle Graphics students investigate and solve design challenges. They work with their peers to refine their ideas from an abstract concept to a final, detailed, drafted design. Abstraction, and spatial reasoning are fundamental to this process; graphics provides multiple and varied opportunities for students to develop these high level cognitive and creative skills in engaging contexts. Skills that encourage the student to solve problems through creation, innovation, communication, collaboration and exploration, all of which are developed in an active learning environment where students can advance their ideas from conception to realisation.

They will develop cognitive and practical skills such as graphical communication, spatial visualisation, creative problem-solving, design capabilities and modelling, both physically and through the use of computer-aided design.

Also of interest

The RIAI/JCT Graphics Exhibitions Archive can be found here.
Architect Dermot Bannon talks Junior Cycle Graphics for Teachers here