Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts Sculpture

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms V. Sandes.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open entry. 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.

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 Sculpture would count as 2 separate University Entrance Domains.

This course has a NZQA Scholarship option.

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

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 original related work.

Throughout the year students will be introduced to a number of different sculptural techniques such as mold making, casting, and other sculptural production modes such as 3D printing and laser cutting. 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 any career working within 3-dimensions. 


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. The subjects offered are Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture.


NCEA Level 3

Learning Areas:

Creative Arts

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Architect, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artist, Artistic Director, Film and Video Editor, Tattoo Artist, Film/Television Camera Operator, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Industrial Designer, Jeweller, Make-up Artist, Curator, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Visual Merchandiser, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Game Developer, Photographer, Secondary School Teacher

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There is a cost of $79 (TBC) which contributes toward materials and folio boards. Other costs will range from approximately $30 to $80 for project materials, depending on the project chosen.