Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 2 Design and Visual Communication

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr C. Burr.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open entry, however a Level 1 Technology subject is advantageous.

Year 12Design and Visual Communication (DVC) consists of two projects that relate to Product Design and Architecture. Achievement Standards that are negotiated between teacher and student. This allows students to undertake learning that reflects their personal interest and talents.

A Level 3 Achievement Standard has been successfully incorporated into the programme of learning with historical achievement being higher than national and decile expectations. This is done to assist students manage workload in Year 13 and scaffold learning for those wishing to enter Scholarship the following year, as well as recognizing and students actual level of achievement.

At Year 12 the students are assessed against specialist Architectural and Product Design  Achievement Standards that align with tertiary and vocational pathways. They are also able to convey their in-depth thinking and creative visually. Students with a good level of literacy are also advantaged. They will create and produce their own designs though freehand sketching, 3D printing and modelling, laser cutting, design notation  instrumental drawing and a range of 3D CAD software.

This subject relates to a wide range of professions and career opportunities. In addition, its focus on creating and presenting innovative solutions and ideas are transferable skills that have broad appeal. Most students will complete a course of between 18 and 24 credits and gain a NCEA Subject Endorsement at either Merit or Excellence.

NCEA Level 2

Learning Areas:



NCEA Level 3 Design and Visual Communication

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, Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician, Project Manager

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Personal stationery costs could be up to $40 for drawing instruments and media accessories, depending on the student's own requirements. There is also a set charge of $20 for such items as art paper, card, tracing papers and model making materials that the student uses.