DES3A

NCEA L3 Design A

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs D. Cave-Higgins

Level 3 Design - Semester A (Code: DES3A)  - UE List A approved   

This is a course designed for students keen to further develop their existing Design and general art skills. It is an advanced course where design skills in media, both digital and hand-drawn, are carefully honed towards Merit and Excellence. The main focus in 'Visual Art - Design' is the graphic design processes.

  • Freehand and digital drawing skills
  • Finishing tools including Adobe applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) 
  • Graphic design processes 
  • Basic photography
  • Research & Design Principles
  • Layout and composition

Students may also choose to upskill in a range of Adobe products including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

The design process is very structured and clear; concepts, developments, final. The design principles will appeal to the most creative student and also the most clinically minded. Design process will support the development of research and higher order thinking skills. Students will choose their own ideas, conceptual premise and theme to explore in this course. 

In Semester B, a 14 credit, 3 panel folio may be produced by those who are choosing Semester A and B. (DES3A + DES3B) 

This planning and successful production of the external folio will allow for 'course endorsement'. With teacher guidance, every student will produce their own range of ideas and artworks. It will often reflect their interests and aspirations.

                                                                          Level 3 Design student researching and developing ideas in his workbook

Each folio is unique and the student programme is personalized to the suit the individual. It is their ideas and conceptual journey which must be supported by the kaiako / teacher.

Scholarship, an exam beyond Level 3, is available in this discipline; Design. Students will 'opt in' and gain regular support and guidance. This is available for anyone who is keen to do what it takes to succeed in a Visual Arts Scholarship submission. We have had many Excellences, Scholarships and Outstanding Scholarships over the recent years. The 'exam' is completed concurrently with the Level 3 years work. Essentially all the gathered workbook information is distilled down to eight A3 pages of inter-connected essence which are submitted in November. (an example page is below)

Course Overview

Semester A
Semester A
– Internals only (3.2 - 4 credits, 3.3 - 4 credits) will be offered.
This is available as a 'taster course' or as a gateway to the 14 credit L3 folio.

Students who wish to complete the folio (3.4) must also select Semester B. (DES3A + DES3B)
This enables the possibility of course endorsement.

Recommended Prior Learning

This course is open entry. However, some level of understanding about Art would be an advantage. Useful subjects would include L2 Visual Arts Design, DGR(Design and Graphics) or Digital Technology.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Contribution to take home components is expected. This will include specialist papers and folio cardboards.

Pathway

This Level 3 course is UE Approved. It is an excellent option for anyone considering a career in any design, architecture or other art related. Many of the other knowledge gained through this subject, including the high order thinking skills, are desirable and transferrable at tertiary level.

Career Pathways

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 26 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91440 v2
NZQA Info
Design 3.1 - Analyse methods and ideas from established design practice

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard in line with NZQA guidelines

Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91445 v2
NZQA Info
Design 3.2 - Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to design

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard in line with NZQA guidelines

Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91450 v2
NZQA Info
Design 3.3 - Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established design practice

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard in line with NZQA guidelines

Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91455 v2
NZQA Info
Design 3.4 - Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within design practice

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard in line with NZQA guidelines

Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 14
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 26
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 4
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

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.