DVC1000 - Design and Visual Communication - NCEA Level 1 (course endorsement available)

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What is Design and Visual Communication?

Design and Visual Communication, also known as Graphics, is for students interested in design and drawing. Students develop visual communication skills and design thinking to explore and solve design problems. Students develop skills in sketching, rendering, drawing and modelling to explore, communicate and present their ideas. In some topics, students are able to have models of their design work 3D printed by Te Kura. Students are encouraged to generate creative and innovative solutions to solve design problems that are set in authentic contexts, and can be customised to suit their interests.

What this course involves

This course develops students’ visual communication and design skills. Students start the course exploring the influence of a significant designer and then move on to two major design projects, within the contexts of product design and spatial design. The design briefs are customisable to reflect individual student’s interests and passions. Interspersed in the projects are exercises to develop students’ technical skills.

An optional topic develops presentation techniques. The work done in these projects contributes to internally assessed standards and a portfolio for external assessment.

Delivery Modes

Recommended prior learning

No prior learning needed.

National qualifications available in this course

Standard Description Version Credits Assessment L1 Lit/Num UE Lit/Num Vocational Pathways
91063 Produce freehand sketches that communicate design ideas 5 3 External
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91064 Produce instrumental, multi-view orthographic drawings that communicate technical features of design ideas 5 3 External
naNumeracy achievement standard
UEnaUE numeracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91065 Produce instrumental paraline drawings to communicate design ideas 5 3 External
naNumeracy achievement standard
UEnaUE numeracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91066 Use rendering techniques to communicate the form of design ideas 4 3 Internal
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91067 Use the work of an influential designer to inform design ideas 5 3 Internal
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91068 Undertake development of design ideas through graphics practice 5 6 Internal
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91069 Promote an organised body of design work to an audience using visual communication techniques 5 4 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard