NCEA Level 3 Visual Art - Design

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs A. Angell-Donaldson

Visual Art - Design

Prerequisite: 16 credits in Level 2 Art and /or Graphics, or at the discretion of HOD.

Students will:

• Research existing designers and genres of design.  Students can then confidently incorporate these styles into their own original work.

• Work in the context of given Design Briefs. These projects may cover a range of disciplines such as Composition, Typography, Corporate Identity, Design for Print, Rendering Techniques and Digital Photography.

• Produce a large portfolio of original work for the external examination.  (Note: This is time consuming and requires a high level of commitment.)

• Learn some of the technical skills necessary to find employment in the field of commercial art, or to gain entry into recognized schools of design.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Materials $100- 150 approx. (to cover digital printing costs); Possible gallery/art trip $50 – 150 range.
Laptop - Please refer to the school website for the computer specifications for this subject.
Adobe Creative Cloud licenses will be available; the annual cost is approximately $10.
Whilst the department has a limited number of cameras, they may not always be readily available for student use. Therefore, students are encouraged to bring their own camera. Students will sign a contract if borrowing department camera and lighting equipment.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91445 v2 Design 3.2 - Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to design
A.S. 91450 v2 Design 3.3 - Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established design practice
A.S. 91455 v2 Design 3.4 - Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within design practice
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 22

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 22 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.


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