NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts Design

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Braithwaite

This course gives students a comprehensive background in Graphic Design. The course requires students to demonstrate their ability successfully to solve design problems. Some students will be encouraged to enter the Scholarship examination. Students new to the subject in Year 13 will be taught the principles of design and how to apply these to graphic design problems. They will also be instructed in the use of computers to enable them to produce work that reflects contemporary technology. In preparing work for their folio submission, students select a topic and carry out a design brief that enables them to research information, generate, develop and refine ideas and resolve the solution in finished design in a personal way. Students will typically explore design problems that involve illustrating identity, typographic layout, and graphic design. Students wishing to pursue a career in any of the fields of design, (graphic, industrial, fashion, typographic, illustration, architecture, and interior design), are prepared for tertiary study and given guidance and advice to enable them to have the best chance of achieving a place in these limited entry courses.


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. It is permissible to take one of the subjects only but it is recommended to take two if entry to university or polytechnic is intended. The subjects offered are: Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture.
NCEA Level 3

Recommended Prior Learning

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

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There is a cost of $70 which contributes toward materials and folio boards. Students will need their own USB storage and an A3 clearfile folder. Either a 1 TB external storage device or a laptop is also ideal. Students will need to purchase their own printing paper available through the school; allow $70 over the year.

Credit Information

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. 91445 v2
Design 3.2 - Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to design
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91450 v2
Design 3.3 - Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established design practice

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard inline with NZQA guidelines

Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91455 v2
Design 3.4 - Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within design 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.


Burnside High School may change any costs, courses or standards offered without notice.

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