Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts Painting

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms F. Dwyer.

Recommended Prior Learning

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

Students are able to take more than one Visual Arts course. Each course counts as a unique domain for University Entrance. For example students taking Visual Arts Photography and Visual Arts Painting would count as 2 separate University Entrance Domains.

This course has a NZQA Scholarship option.

Visual Arts Painting is a course for students who wish to work on an individually chosen proposal.

Students will be examined on their practical knowledge in painting. This will be achieved by students submitting a variety of work consisting of research tasks, drawing notes, a developed sequence of drawings, small works and finished paintings. These will show how the pictorial ideas and the relationships between such ideas, methods, materials and forms are developed, clarified and resolved. Students will use both traditional and contemporary artists as models for their own work throughout the year in order to develop their individual proposals. Students will be encouraged to enter the Scholarship examination.


Visual Art in Year 13 covers a group of single subjects. Five single subjects are offered and students can study up to two of these, or three at the discretion of the HOD Art. The subjects offered are: Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture.


NCEA Level 3

Learning Areas:

Creative Arts

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Architect, Architectural Technician, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Historian, Artist, Artistic Director, Tattoo Artist, Graphic Designer, Event Manager, Make-up Artist, Curator, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Visual Merchandiser, Early Childhood Teacher, Media Producer, Game Developer, Hairdresser/Barber, Primary School Teacher, Tertiary Lecturer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Secondary School Teacher

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There is a cost of $89 (TBC) which contributes toward art materials and folio boards. Students will need their own primary colour paint set and brushes to use at home.