Design & Visual Communication
- Learning Area:
- NCEA Level 2
- Course Endorsement:
- Approx Cost:
- $12.00, This includes, Rendering pens, CAD software, modelling materials and department resources. Students will be expected to have printing credit available for this subject.
- Technology Requirements:
- A laptop is of benefit for this course
- Entry Recommendations:
It is expected that students have completed Year 11 Design and Visual Communication. Alternatively they can discuss their suitability with Mrs Habbitts.
- Course Outline:
Design is one of the fastest-growing industries both nationally and internationally. This is a subject that sits well with business, media studies and technology, you will be developing designs for future generations. You will be immersed in hands-on doing and making as well as discussion and debate. Honing your creative problem-solving and critical thinking abilities, developing specialist design skills. It also situates design within a world of ideas, examining the different meanings of buildings and design through history and from different perspectives.
If you like problem solving and want to use your creativity to design and build spaces for work, home and play, then focusing on DVC is right for you. Learn how colour, materials, light, shape and form can influence a person's mood or provoke a particular response.
You will explore how people experience a design through touch, smell and sight, and how to use these ideas to design spatial structures.
By basing projects on existing sites and conditions, it helps build a sense of place. Learn to work with what already exists – refitting, reusing, adapting, and focusing on materials, surfaces, and connections, whether they be to the land or sea, Local or international.
Design and Visual Communication covers all areas of sketching, instrumental drawing, modelling, and computer aided design.
- Where Does It Lead:
NCEA Level 3 and Scholarship, then on to Polytech or university. If you want a job in any of the creative fields this is the subject for you. DVC will lead you on a path to Architecture, Engineering, Industrial Design, Graphic/Web Design, Landscape, Interior Design, Game Design, Animation, Model Making and Product Design, CAD design, Media Graphics, Mechanical Drawing, Quantity Surveying and Technology.
- For further information see:
- Mrs Habbitts
In Year 9 students start the first year of their two year junior programme. Year 9 consists of two semesters (half year-long) with a combination of compulsory courses and option courses chosen by the students.
In Year 9 students will take 12 semester (half-year) courses that include:
a) Compulsory Courses - 2 semesters of Health & PE, Mathematics, Science, and one Semester of English and Social Studies. (the reverse happens in Year 10, the second year of the junior programme).
b) Option Courses - Four semesters of option courses (note: students choose 5 option courses in Year 10, the second year of the junior programme).
Year 10 students study five compulsory courses (English, Mathematics, Health & Physical Education, Science and Social Sciences) and six semester (half year) options (see individual course details). You can choose to do one semester course from a subject area eg: Drama - Part 1 or take two semester courses from a subject area, which is equivalent to a whole year course eg: Drama Part - 1 and Drama - Part 2. Pathways for all course at all levels are summarised on the Course Planning Chart.
A few Year 10 semester two courses require you to complete semester one first, before doing semester two.
Students won't be gaining Level 1 NCEA in Year 11. There will be up to one internal NCEA assessment per semester course, giving students the opportunity to gain approximately 45 credits but not the 80 needed for Level 1 NCEA. Some assessments maybe at Level 2 NCEA. These internal assessments will expose students to the way different subject areas assess NCEA in preparation for Year 12 and the completion of Level 2 NCEA.
Year 12 students study six year-long courses (see individual course details and Course Planning Chart). There are no compulsory courses, however, English and Mathematics are strongly recommended.
Students have the option of studying five courses. In such cases, students will be placed in the Independent Learning Project (ILP001) course, in addition to their five courses, so that they can be mentored and have their progress monitored.
Year 13 students study five year-long courses (see individual course details and Course Planning Chart) and have an Independent Study (IST). A sixth course can be selected in place of IST. Students have the option of studying four courses. In such cases, students will be placed in the Independent Learning Project (ILP001) course, in addition to their four courses, so that they can be mentored and have their progress monitored.
For students that are intending to gain University Entrance it is strongly recommended that they select at least four University Entrance approved courses. Refer to individual course details to check if a course is a University Entrance approved subject
Year 13 (IST) is independent, unsupervised learning that can take place at school or at home. Students are responsible for managing their work during this time.