NCEA L2 Design B

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs D. Cave-Higgins

Recommended Prior Learning

This is an open entry course. Ideally experience in Visual Arts art at Level 1. However, some level of understanding about Art or Digital Technology would be an advantage.

Level 2 Design - Semester B (DES2B) 

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

                                         2.2 - Design your own magazine cover - 4 credits

 Level 2 design folio (12 credits)

Course Overview

Semester B
Semester B (DES2B) – This includes Internals only (2.2 - 4 credits + 2.3 - 4 credits + 2.5 - 4 credits) UNLESS you have already completed Semester A in Design (DES2A)
If Semester A is already completed, then 2.4 (External =Folio - 12 credits) & 2.5 (Internal - 4 credits) are available.

Students who wish to complete the 12-credit folio (2.4) must also have selected Semester A. (DES2A + DES2B)
This enables the possibility of course endorsement.

Learning Areas:

Arts - Mātauranga Toi, NCEA Level 2


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

Students at Level 2 may take more than one Visual Arts subject.

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Advertising Specialist, Software Developer, Patternmaker, Architect, Architectural Technician, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artist, Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Electronics Engineer, Baker, Tailor/Dressmaker, Boat Builder, Naval Architect, Tattoo Artist, Print Finisher, Mechanical Engineer, Cabinet Maker, Surveyor, Carpenter, Urban/Regional Planner, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Cutter, Fashion Designer, Sewing Machinist, Journalist, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Painter and Decorator, Communications Professional, Industrial Designer, Jeweller, Make-up Artist, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Dietitian, Visual Merchandiser, Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer, Information Technology Architect, Environmental Engineer, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Florist, Lighting Technician, Game Developer, Landscape Architect, Landscaper, Hairdresser/Barber, Health Services Manager, Locksmith, Photographer, Plastics Technician, Printer, Recruitment Consultant, Signmaker, User Experience Designer, Geospatial Specialist, Garment Technician

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

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