Design & Visual Communication

MIDDLE YEARS

The vision is to promote young people who will be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.

We intend to do this by delivering a course which uses thought provoking briefs. These are based on real life scenarios which develop independent work ethics and promote individual thinking, learning and achievement. The aim is for students to develop a broad technological literacy that will equip them to participate in society as informed citizens and give them access to technology related careers.

We aim to develop, within our students, a solid foundational knowledge of formal drawing, informal drawing and presentation techniques so that students can apply this knowledge to the areas of spatial design and product design. We also aim to develop an understanding of the language of design to enable effective communication of ideas in career and occupational settings.

Design and Visual Communication is part of technology learning that has a pathway through to tertiary institutions. The ability to communicate ideas in a visual manner is an important life skill and essential for effective communication in a high-tech society. It involves developing knowledge, skills and the ability to think and work independently. The ability to do this is invaluable in numerous occupations and tertiary settings.

Design and Visual Communication Year 9 Introductory Course

The broad area of study at this level includes an introduction to design, formal drawing systems and informal drawing techniques. It is a taster course designed to encourage Design and Visual Communication as a future option choice. It comprises 3 periods a week in a 10 week rotation. Recoveries $15.00.

Design and Visual Communication Year 10 Developmental Course

The area of study at this level includes broadening the skills and knowledge that underpin design and both formal and informal drawings systems and techniques. The programme of work uses design briefs based on realistic and thought-provoking scenarios. These are intended to encourage and challenge students to achieve their best. The course encourages students to seek individual, innovative solutions using visual literacy skills to record and communicate thinking in a variety of ways. It comprises 3 periods a week and is available as a full year option. Recoveries $20.00.

SENIOR YEARS

Design and Visual Communication focuses on the three inter-related strands of graphics practice, structured design and visual communication where visual literacy and creative thinking are developed using a range of visual communication techniques.

It can encompass both spatial and product design. The ability to communicate ideas in spoken, written and visual form along with the ability to logically problem solve are some of the most important life and vocational skills that a person can possess. These skills are essential for effective communication in a technological society.

Level 2 Achievement Standards are recommended standards to study in many of the vocational pathways and are related standards in one of the remaining 2 pathways. This subject provides a pathway of learning with progression through to tertiary institutions where there are a number of exciting graduate and postgraduate courses. These lead to numerous very desirable vocations. To gain access to these educational and vocational opportunities it is very advantageous to study Design and Visual Communication at secondary school level.

Year 11 Design and Visual Communication NCEA Level 1

The Level 1 course involves 5 Achievement Standards assessed externally (50%) and internally (50%). Achievement based criteria for assessments exist for identified learning outcomes within each Achievement Standard. There is an expectation that students will work independently to the best of their ability and focus on achieving subject endorsements. The course involves deepening student understanding of the skills that underpin design, formal drawing systems and informal drawing techniques. Prerequisite: It is expected that students will have some experience of DVC in Year 9 and Year 10 Recoveries: $25.00.

Year 12 Design and Visual Communication NCEA Level 2

The Level 2 course involves Achievement Standards assessed externally (44%) and internally (56%). The design brief approach of using lifelike scenarios, briefs and attributes is applied throughout the course with deeper emphasis on design problem solving techniques, articulation of ideas and the use of more complex formal and informal drawing systems and techniques. There is an expectation that students will work independently to achieve subject endorsements. Prerequisite: Level 1 DVC, or with approval by the Curriculum Leader Recoveries: $35.00.

Year 13 Design and Visual Communication NCEA Level 3

The Level 3 course follows on from Y12 NCEA Level 2 and is an Achievement Standards course. Students may select the standards they wish to attempt from both internal and external standards.It allows students to gain credits using design briefs to resolve problems that require speicialised graphics knowledge. Students will be expected to select and use a range of suitable drawing systems and computer programmes, communicate ideas, evaluate thinking and information and present these in appropriate modes. Again, there is an expectation that students will work independently to achieve subject endorsements. Scholarship is available to students who wish to extend ‘excellence’ grades achieved in the 3 Acheivement Standards chosen. Prerequisite: Level 2 DVC, or with approval by the Curriculum Leader Recoveries: $30.00.

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