Design and Visual Communication Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr Slaney

Design and Visual Communication (301)

This course has a focus in the fields of product design and spatial design. Students will look for inspiration from natural sources in an individual and creative process. Having established the potential for a starting point they will need to develop this into a brief. 

A theme of sustainability will run through the course, allowing students a wide field in which to develop a brief in product design or spatial design. More in-depth work is expected at this level with a greater level of self-management. 

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$10 Set square, paper and rendering equipment.

Recommended Prior Learning

At least 12 credits from Level 2 Graphics, or approval of the HOD. 

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. 91627 v3 Design and Visual Communication 3.30 - Initiate design ideas through exploration
A.S. 91629 v3 Design and Visual Communication 3.32 - Resolve a spatial design through graphics practice
A.S. 91630 v3 Design and Visual Communication 3.33 - Resolve a product design through graphics practice
A.S. 91631 v3 Design and Visual Communication 3.34 - Produce working drawings to communicate production details for a complex design
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: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.

Pathway Tags

Architect, Photojournalist, Graphic designer, Creative Director, Print Production Artist, Art Director, Web Designer, Desktop Publisher, Web Programmer, Web Developer, Marketing Designer, Marketing Director, Illustrator, Communications Manager, Visual Artist, Film Producer, Video Maker


Courses outlined will only be available in 2020 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.