NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts Sculpture

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms V. Sandes

Students will develop and extend their practical and conceptual knowledge of sculptural 3-dimensional practices through the process of research, drawing, production of maquettes (models) and finished sculptural works. Which may include object-based, installation-based and performance-based approaches. Students will be required to explore an individual programme of their choosing, with the aim of producing an external 3-panel folio of related work.

During the year students will be introduced to a number of different casting techniques and sculptural production modes. Students new to the subject will be taught the principles of sculpture and how to apply these to the production of original work.

Students wishing to pursue a career in fine arts, industrial design, architecture, animation or the film industry (model making), will find that this course provides the process and procedures necessary for a 3-dimensional inquiry.


Visual Art in Year 13 covers a group of single subjects. Five single subjects are offered and students can enter up to two of these, or three at the discretion of the HOD Art. It is permissible to take one of the subjects only but it is necessary to take a minimum of two if entry to university or polytechnic is intended. The subjects offered are Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

NCEA Level 3

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There is a cost of $72 which contributes toward materials and folio boards. Other costs will range from $30 to approximately $80 for project materials, depending on the project chosen.

Recommended Prior Learning

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

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91444 v2 Sculpture 3.1 - Analyse methods and ideas from established sculpture practice
4r *
A.S. 91449 v2 Sculpture 3.2 - Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to sculpture
A.S. 91459 v2 Sculpture 3.4 - Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within sculpture practice
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 22

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 22 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.

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