NCEA Level 2 Visual Arts Design

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Braithwaite

Recommended Prior Learning

Nil. However, where the Level 1 Visual Art External Standard has been attempted and not achieved, entry into level 2 Design is at the discretion of the HOD.

The course prepares students for the first stages of a career in Graphic Design or any other of the many related design or architectural careers. Students are taught the basic principles of Design and the ways that designers work. In particular, they will learn about the design process and how to apply this process to a range of design tasks, including graphic design, package design, typographic layout and the use of computers as a design tool. The aim of this course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in Design, which involves understanding a design brief, how to carry out research, generating ideas and developing these ideas in a systematic way through to the finished artwork. Drawing plays a major part in this course as the central means of generating ideas. Drawing is carried out by hand in conventional ways and also by using a computer. Students are prepared for studying NCEA Level 3 Design in Year 13 and they are given guidance as to how they might pursue a career in Design when they leave school.

Note: Students may take up to three of the NCEA Level 2 Visual Art courses offered: Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture - however those students wishing to take more than two of these subjects may only do so with the approval of the HOD and their Divisional Principal.

NCEA Level 2

Learning Areas:

Visual Arts


NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts Design

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Patternmaker, Architect, Architectural Technician, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artist, Artistic Director, Tailor/Dressmaker, Naval Architect, Tattoo Artist, Cutter, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Industrial Designer, Make-up Artist, Curator, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Visual Merchandiser, Early Childhood Teacher, Information Technology Architect, Media Producer, Game Developer, Landscape Architect, Hairdresser/Barber, Primary School Teacher, Photographer, Plastics Technician, Private Teacher/Tutor, Secondary School Teacher, User Experience Designer, Geospatial Specialist, Garment Technician

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There is a cost of $55 which contributes toward materials and folio boards. Students will need their own USB (minimum 16GB) for backing up digital work 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 $50 over the year.

Pathway Tags

Illustrator, Teacher, Actor, Director, Musician, Artist, Creative designer, Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer, Film Industry, Sound Engineer, Set Design, Professional Musician, Composer, Art - Painting, Photography, Design, Sound Engineering, Conductor, Theatre Technician, Lighting Technician, Acting, Directing, Events Management, Māori Performing Arts, Tourist Operator, Professional Performer, Tutor, actor, musician, singer, dancer, film maker, photographer, technician, writer, composer, editor, stylist, curator, exhibition manager, designer, graphic, animation, CGI, computer gaming, architecture, costume, stage and set, lighting and sound, advertising and branding, industrial, interior, fashion, sound, lighting, advertising art director, comic book creator, graphic artist, primary teacher, advertising commercial director, comic strip artist, graphic designer, print maker, advertising copy writer, computer graphics designer, greeting card designer, properties artist, advertising creative

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