Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 3 Digital Technologies - Product & Digital Design

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr J. Creighton.

Students are able to take more than one Digital Technologies course. Each course counts as a unique domain for University Entrance. For example students taking Product & Digital Design and Interactive Game Design would count as 2 separate University Entrance Domains.

This course has a NZQA Scholarship option.

Product & Digital Design is a course for students who wish to work on a project that is driven by their own interests. The range of contexts, project options and technical skills are wide and primarily driven by the students previous experiences with software and machinery. 

This is an exciting course as it brings together a range of learning areas such as creative design, science, engineering, business studies, digital media, computing, electronics, materials technologies and entrepreneurship in a project-based learning environment.

Outcomes designed and developed vary and can include but are not limited to:

  • Web development
  • Software development
  • Animation
  • 3D modelling
  • Film / Video Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Virtual / Augmented Reality
  • 3D Design for Manufacture
  • Game Design

This course is well supported with cutting-edge equipment including laser cutters, CnC machines, 3D printers, resin printers, airbrushes, Wacom Cintiq 16" drawing tablets, vinyl cutters, furnace to smelter and industry standard software such as Blender, Adobe Cloud and Fusion 360.

Students will follow the design thinking and agile processes where they will:

  • define a project of interest
  • project manage the project
  • create a design
  • identify and develop skills relevant to their project
  • problem solve
  • develop an outcome using an iterative process
  • work with a wide range of people throughout the project as required i.e. other students, teachers, other professional adults, .

Students are also encouraged to enter competitions such as Bright Awards, BrightSparks, Science & Technology Fair, Inspire Foundation, Callaghan Innovation along with any other competitions available. This course is a good foundation for the UC Product Design course  or the new UC Digital Screen Campus .

The standards used for assessment draw from the Technology - Digital Technologies domain, are negotiable, and will be customised to suit individual student projects. If a student is taking more than one Digital course they will work through alternative Technology standards and this will be sorted at the start of the course.

Feel free to check out our  Product & Digital Design Course for more course information.

Below are a range of examples of students work.


*** Click the image below to view the digital book ***

*** Click the image below to view the web comic ***

*** Click the image below to view the flower in action ***

Learning Areas:


Detailed Course Outline
Career Pathways

Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Industrial Designer, Technical Writer, Game Developer, User Experience Designer

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$10 Consumables