DVC1

Design and Visual Communication Level 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr S. Slaney

Design and Visual Communication Level 1

Design and Visual Communication is all about design.  The 2 main areas that can be explored is spatial and product.  Spatial is about spaces, this could include buildings, houses, landscaping set design and more. Product design is all about design products such as the object we use every day.

Designs are started simple and then developed.  Visual communication is used to communicate these designs and this may start with simple sketches, hand or instrument drawings or the use of computer software.

The way this course will work is that students will have the opportunity to develop using a design process either a spatial or product design.  They will generate drawings using a variety of methods to communicate the design and its details.

All of the work is done in class during the year and some of the work is marked by the teacher internally and some is then put in a portfolio and sent away at the end of the year for external marking.

All of the standards offered and NCEA achievement standards giving the opportunity to gain achieved, Merit or Excellence credits and a Merit or Excellence subject endorsement.  If Design and Visual Communication is taken at Level 3 then this is a university approved subject and can be used a one of the subject required. Excellence endorsements can mean that automatic entry is achieved to many of the design schools in the country

The use of computer aided design is taught and encouraged as a method of communication

Students will work on a formative design brief in the first term, developing skills in freehand sketching, isometric drawing, orthographic drawing and the use of a computer aided design program: On-shape . This is a cloud based program which can be easily access from home. Sketch-up may also be used

An investigation into a well-known designer will help to influence ideas for the project. 

In terms two and three, another brief will build on the skills acquired in term one. Students will work with more accuracy and precision as well as showing a fuller understanding of the design process. The final term should be tidying up the required drawings for a portfolio which is  externally assessed standards. 

Design briefs used successfully in the past have included ‘Tiny home design’ and ‘design a homework kitchen or BBQ space’ 

Course Overview

Term 1
An investigation into a well-known designer
Drawing skills including free hand sketching and rendering, CAD drawing ON-SHAPE
Design brief 1: A tiny home or BBQ design

Term 2
Refining the tiny home or BBQ

Term 3
Orthographic drawings CAD
Graphic Presentation of design ideas

Term 4
Presentation
Portfolio preparation

Recommended Prior Learning

If you are interested in design and drawing this may be advantage although these skills are taught and developed


Pathway

This course leads to level 2 and then 3 which is a university approved subject

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 13 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91063 v5
NZQA Info
Design and Visual Communication 1.30 - Produce freehand sketches that communicate design ideas
3
3
3
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91064 v5
NZQA Info
Design and Visual Communication 1.31 - Produce instrumental, multi-view orthographic drawings that communicate technical features of design ideas
3
3
3
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91067 v5
NZQA Info
Design and Visual Communication 1.34 - Use the work of an influential designer to inform design ideas
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91068 v5
NZQA Info
Design and Visual Communication 1.35 - Undertake development of design ideas through graphics practice
6
6
6
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91069 v5
NZQA Info
Design and Visual Communication 1.36 - Promote an organised body of design work to an audience using visual communication techniques
4
4
4
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 19
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 4
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 3

Disclaimer

Courses outlined will only be available if sufficient students wish to take them AND appropriate staff are available to teach them. Courses that do not run may be offered through distance learning and be supported by the Distance Learning Department.