Approx Cost:
$12.00, This includes, Rendering pens, CAD software including the Adobe Suite (photoshop etc), 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 prefered that students have completed Year 11 Design and Visual Communication. 

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.

  • problem solving and creativity to design and build spaces for work, home and play
  • learn how colour, materials, light, shape and form can influence a person's mood or provoke a particular response
  • explore how people experience a design through touch, smell and sight, and how to use these ideas to design spatial structures
  • basing projects on existing sites and conditions, helps build a sense of place
  • 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