Level 3 Visual Arts Design

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. Carlan-Riddell

Recommended Prior Learning

Level 2 Visual Arts Design or equivalent experience. Use of Photshop, Illustrator or other applications.

This course builds on the skills and knowledge gained in your Year 12 Visual Arts Design class. You will explore a range of artistic conventions, ideas and techniques in Design, both historical and contemporary, and then apply that to your own portfolio project. You will select from a range of Design scenarios, and work to fill a variety of briefs for your internal and external assessments. Your internal assignments will contribute towards the external assessment, and the project will a year long investigation into your scenario. Your project will allow you to investigate topics that matter to you, and will allow you to express your original ideas, wrapped around the Design conventions of your chosen artist and design era models.

Possible scenarios can include: corporate identity, event promotion, public awareness campaigns, or experience design. Methods and media to respond to your briefs can include computer graphic design, fine arts techniques, illustration, digital painting, moving image design, 3-D modelling, product design and more, depending on your skill set and level of ability. Students will be encouraged to follow their strengths and look towards what they wish to pursue in tertiary education or in the workforce.



Career Pathways

Artistic Director, Film/Television Camera Operator, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Copywriter, Architectural Technician, Communications Professional, Marketing Specialist, Garment Technician, Animator/Digital Artist, Advertising Specialist, Software Developer, Patternmaker, Architect, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artist, Film and Video Editor, Tailor/Dressmaker, Tattoo Artist, Print Finisher, Mechanical Engineer, Cutter, Fashion Designer, Journalist, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Painter and Decorator, Industrial Designer, Conservator, Jeweller, Make-up Artist, Curator, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Visual Merchandiser, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Florist, Furniture Finisher, Upholsterer, Lighting Technician, Game Developer, Landscape Architect, Industrial Spray Painter, Photographer, Printer, Signmaker, User Experience Designer

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

64 GB+ memory stick or hard drive
Laptop/device highly recommended
Photoshop suite license on own device $40.00 (tbc)
Access to a digital camera recommended
Printing costs $50, or depending on students' choice of submission tbc

Assessment Information There are two compulsary internal assessments, one optional internal assessment, and one external assessment.
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. 91440 v2 Design 3.1 - Analyse methods and ideas from established design practice
4r *
A.S. 91445 v2 Design 3.2 - Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to design
A.S. 91450 v2 Design 3.3 - Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established design practice
A.S. 91455 v2 Design 3.4 - Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within design practice
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 26

* 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: 26 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.

Pathway Tags

Architecture, Graphic Design, Animation/gaming Design, Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Museum and Education, Theatre and Film production, Exhibition designer, Further education teacher, Higher education lecturer, Illustrator, Museum/gallery curator, Printmaker, Secondary school teacher, Art therapist, Arts administrator, Commercial art gallery manager, Interior and spatial designer, Museum/gallery exhibitions officer, Multimedia programmer.

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