NCEA L2 Graphics and Design

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs C. McLean

Recommended Prior Learning

You need to have gained credits in either NCEA Level 1 Graphics and Design or NCEA Level 1 Materials Technology.

One of the key characteristics for you as a Graphics student (Design and Visual Communication) is the need for you to develop your ability to explore and develop potential real-world opportunities from a simple idea through to a working solution.  

On this course, you will be asked to develop a product and a spatial design within the Marlborough region. This could be associated with a variety of design contexts e.g. environmental,  cultural, social, historical, or technological. You will need to consider, who the design is for and the aesthetic and functional requirements.  

Course Overview

Term 1
Term 1 is focused on designing a product for Marlborough. The product design must be
located within the constraints of a specified location, enhance the experience of a chosen community whether that be within a winery, for example or within a Marae.

You will also investigate a design era or design movement and explain the aesthetic and functional characteristics of the design movement or era. This research will be used to inspire your own design.

Term 2
Term 2 is focused on exploring and designing a set to display your product. This second stage builds upon architectural and spatial design.

Term 3
This term you will focus on working drawings related to your product. The aim will be to demonstrate through a variety of sketching techniques plus CAD, the construction of your product.

Term 4
Term 4 is short and the emphasis will be on putting together your best work for the External.

Learning Areas:

NCEA Level 2, Technology - Hangarau


NCEA L3 Graphics and Design

Career Pathways

Civil Engineer, Engineering Machinist, Plastics Technician, Animator/Digital Artist, Business Analyst, Software Developer, Patternmaker, Architect, Architectural Technician, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artist, Sound Technician, Baker, Tailor/Dressmaker, Boat Builder, Naval Architect, Urban/Regional Planner, Cutter, Fashion Designer, Sewing Machinist, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Industrial Designer, Jeweller, Technical Writer, Make-up Artist, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Visual Merchandiser, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Florist, Game Developer, Landscape Architect, Landscaper, Photographer, Printer, Signmaker, User Experience Designer, Garment Technician

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

A3 clearfile folder, 2H and HB pencils, eraser, compass as basic requirements. Laptop for using Sketchup or other CAD programmes.

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