Design and Visual Communication Level 2

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr S. Slaney

Recommended Prior Learning

At least 12 credits from Level 1 Graphics is advisable, however, if you have an interest in this subject have a good level of drawing then you should speak to the Head of department to see if you are suitable for this course.. 

Design and Visual Communication Level 2

This course builds on the skills learnt in level 1 or though it could be picked up at this level also

The tiny home or BBQ which was designed in Level 1 is taken and modified or added to using the influence of a design era. If students decide to pick this subject up at this level they will be given a house design to work on.

Free hand drawing , Computer aided design, Visual communication, Presentation and use of the Design process will be developed this year.

A free computer aided design program called On-shape will be the main software used. This is a cloud based program which can be easily access from home on most devices. 

Again some of the work is marked by the teacher and the rest is send away at the end of the year for external marking in a portfolio.

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

Course Overview

Term 1
Design era investigation and bathroom design
On-shape training/skills development

Term 2
Modification of tiny home design

Term 3
Working drawings
Graphic Presentation of ideas

Term 4
External portfolio assembly

Learning Areas:



Design and Visual Communication Level 3

Career Pathways

Copywriter, Architect, Architectural Technician, Boat Builder, Naval Architect, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Industrial Designer, Technical Writer, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Landscape Architect, Signmaker

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$10, Set square, paper and rendering equipment.

Assessment Information Internal assessments are marked by the teacher. External assessments take work from assignments completed during the year and are sent in a portfolio for external marking.

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.