DVC2000 - Design and Visual Communication - NCEA Level 2 (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’ design capabilities. Initially students explore a design movement of their choice and then embed its influence into their own conceptual design. They then explore practices specific to product and spatial designers through two major design projects, which are customised to reflect their personal interests.

Students are challenged to examine solutions to design problems in greater depth. Interspersed in the projects are exercises to advance students’ technical skills. The work done in these projects contributes to internally assessed standards and a portfolio for external assessment.

Design-focused students can complete an optional topic creating a presentation of one of their projects. Technically oriented students can complete a set of working drawings for one of their projects.

Delivery Modes

Recommended prior learning

NCEA Level 1 Design and Visual Communication or equivalent.

National qualifications available in this course

Standard Description Version Credits Assessment L1 Lit/Num UE Lit/Num Vocational Pathways
91337 Use visual communication techniques to generate design ideas 3 3 External
SCoConstruction and Infrastructure sector-related standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SCrCreative Industries sector-related standard
91338 Produce working drawings to communicate technical details of a design 3 4 External
SCoConstruction and Infrastructure sector-related standard
SMaManufacturing and technology sector-related standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91340 Use the characteristics of a design movement or era to inform own design ideas 4 3 Internal
SCrCreative Industries sector-related standard
91341 Develop a spatial design through graphics practice 4 6 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
SCoConstruction and Infrastructure sector-related standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91342 Develop a product design through graphics practice 4 6 Internal
SCoConstruction and Infrastructure sector-related standard
SMaManufacturing and technology sector-related standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
91343 Use visual communication techniques to compose a presentation of a design 4 4 Internal
SCoConstruction and Infrastructure sector-related standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
SCrCreative Industries sector-related standard