NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts Sculpture

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms V. Sandes.

Students are able to take more than one Visual Arts course. Each course counts as a unique domain for University Entrance. For example students taking Visual Arts Photography and Visual Arts Sculpture would count as 2 separate University Entrance Domains.

This course has a NZQA Scholarship option.

Visual Arts Sculpture is a course for students who wish to work on an individually chosen proposal.

Students will develop and extend their practical and conceptual knowledge of sculptural 3-dimensional practices through the process of research, drawing, production of maquettes (models), and finished sculptural works. Which may include object-based, installation-based, and performance-based approaches. Students will be required to explore an individual programme of their choosing, with the aim of producing an external 3-panel folio of original related work.

Throughout the year students will be introduced to a number of different sculptural techniques such as mold making, casting, and other sculptural production modes such as 3D printing and laser cutting. Students new to the subject will be taught the principles of sculpture and how to apply these to the production of original work.

Students wishing to pursue a career in fine arts, industrial design, architecture, animation or the film industry (model making), will find that this course provides the process and procedures necessary for any career working within 3-dimensions. 


Visual Art in Year 13 covers a group of single subjects. Five single subjects are offered and students can enter up to two of these, or three at the discretion of the HOD Art. The subjects offered are Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture.


NCEA Level 3

Recommended Prior Learning

Open entry. However, where the Level 2 Visual Art External Standard has been attempted and not achieved, entry into Level 3 Sculpture is at the discretion of the HOD.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There is a cost of $79 (TBC) which contributes toward materials and folio boards. Other costs will range from approximately $30 to $80 for project materials, depending on the project chosen.


Tertiary Level Creative Arts Study

Career Pathways

Credit Information

You will be assessed in this course through all or a selection of the standards listed below.

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 22 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91449 v2
Sculpture 3.2 - Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to sculpture
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91454 v2
Sculpture 3.3 - Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established sculpture practice
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91459 v2
Sculpture 3.4 - Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within sculpture practice
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 14
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 22
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 22

Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.