Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 1 Design and Visual Communication

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr C. Burr.

Students develop creative skills in Design and Visual Communication (DVC) in multiple contexts. The focus is project based learning and assessment, in which students will generate their own designs and solutions though a range of methods that include freehand sketching, 3D printing and modelling, design notation, instrumental drawing and the use of 3D CAD and modelling software and programs that are prevalent within associated professions and industries.

Level 1 students work on two half year long projects. Product Design (Furniture) and Architecture (Small House).  

In 2024 the continued inclusion of a Level 2 Achievement Standards, in which students have been extremely successful for a number of years, ensures consistency and surety in a transitional year of NCEA. This also provides a proven knowledge base for future studies in Year 12. These credits 'count twice' as they also contribute to Level 2 qualification the following year.

This course is appealing to students who are able to self manage, have a reasonable level of literacy and are motivated by project work and personalized learning.

The attached video is part of the work done by the top student yr 13 in 2022.

NCEA Level 1

Learning Areas:



NCEA Level 2 Design and Visual Communication, NCEA Level 2 Engineering

Career Pathways

Aeronautical Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Architect, Architectural Technician, Naval Architect, Fabrication Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Building and Construction Manager, Surveyor, Urban/Regional Planner, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Interior Designer, Industrial Designer, Electrical Engineering Technician, Engineering Machinist, Environmental Engineer, Landscape Architect, Landscaper, Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician, Project Manager

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Initial stationery costs could be up to $35 for drawing equipment. There is a set charge of $20 for paper and media supplies that the school provides for take home modelling components.