Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 2 Visual Arts Design

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Braithwaite.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open entry. 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.

This course prepares students for a career in Visual Art Design or any other of the many related digital design careers. This creative course consists of drawing digitally in a free and personal way, whilst understanding the principles of design and the ways that designers work. In particular, they will learn about the design processes that link to their own theme, and how to communicate visually about something that they are passionate about.

Potential areas of student led study on this course-

  • Character design and animation.
  • Infographics, book illustration, comic graphics, typography.
  • Creating a business concept and developing promotional material including logos, posters, web pages etc.
  • Game design illustration, world building (design the way the game looks and the characters within it).

This study enables students to develop transferable skills that they can apply to a wide range of career opportunities in Design such as graphic, website, advertising, campaign promotion, industrial, fashion, typographic, illustration, architecture and interior design to name a few.

Designs are made using Adobe Illustrator software. Digital drawing plays a major part in this course as the central means of generating ideas. 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 the many areas of 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.



Learning Areas:

Creative Arts


NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts Design

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There is a cost of $50 (TBC) 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.