NCEA L2 Design A

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs D. Cave-Higgins

Recommended Prior Learning

This course is open entry. However, some level of experience or understanding about Art or Digital Technology would be an advantage. 


Level 2 DESIGN - Semester A (Code: DES2A) - This is a course designed for students interested in developing Design skills in a visual format. Students will work to develop the ability to process ideas as a designer. Design thinking provides a structured process that helps innovators break free of counterproductive tendencies that thwart innovation. 

  • Freehand and digital drawing skills
  • Finishing tools including Adobe applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) 
  • Graphic design processes 
  • Basic photography
  • Research & Design Principles
  • Layout and composition
                                Level 2 Design 2.2 - Design a front cover for your own magazine.

Level 2 design folio (12 credits)

Course Overview

Semester A
Level 2 Design - Semester A (DES2A) – 12 credits are available from 3 internal standards
2.1 - 4 credits,
2.2 - 4 credits,
2.3 - 4 credits

This is available as a 'taster course' in the Visual Arts or as a gateway to folio and Level 3 Visual Arts courses.

Students who wish to complete the 12-credit folio (2.4) MUST also select Semester B. (DES2B)
This enables the possibility of course endorsement.

Learning Areas:

Arts - Mātauranga Toi, NCEA Level 2


NCEA L2 Design B, NCEA L2 Photography B, NCEA L3 Design A, NCEA L3 Design B, NCEA L3 Photography A, NCEA L3 Photography B

Design and Photography courses are complementary. At levels 2 & 3 you may take more than one or two visual arts courses.

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Software Developer, Patternmaker, Architect, Architectural Technician, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artist, Film and Video Editor, Baker, Tailor/Dressmaker, Boat Builder, Tattoo Artist, Print Finisher, Cabinet Maker, Carpenter, Cutter, Fashion Designer, Sewing Machinist, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Painter and Decorator, Communications Professional, Telecommunications Engineer, Industrial Designer, Jeweller, Technical Writer, Editor, Make-up Artist, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Dietitian, Visual Merchandiser, Information Technology Architect, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Florist, Lighting Technician, Game Developer, Landscape Architect, Landscaper, Hairdresser/Barber, Printer, Signmaker, User Experience Designer, Network Administrator, Garment Technician

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

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