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Design - Level 2


Qualification: NCEA Level 2

Entry requirements: NCEA Art Level 1. Exceptions may be made only in consultation with the HOD Art. Students without Level 1 Art must demonstrate ability in and commitment to learning Photoshop, prior to study. 

Year 12 Design provides the entry requirement for Year 13 Design.

Content/Skills: The aim of this course is to provide the students with a thorough grounding in Design.

In Year 12, design students are taught to combine Art and Technology (Photoshop) to communicate ideas. Students learn to work with a variety of communication tools (creating magazine covers, cd inserts, magazine spreads and posters) in order to convey a message from a client to a particular audience.

Students are taught the basic principles of Design and the ways that professional designers work. In particular they learn about the design process and how to apply this process to a range of design tasks, including graphic design, promotional design, typographic layout and computer design. The course prepares students for the first stages of a career in Graphic Design or any of the many other related Visual Arts careers (Architecture, Advertising, Illustration, Film, Photography, Graphic/ 3D Modelling and Animation/Industrial /Interior/Spatial/ Multimedia Design).

Field Trips: Museums and galleries.

Stationery costs will range from: $40.00 - $60.00 depending on what equipment a student may already have.

Please be aware that this course has associated costs. By selecting this course you will be requested to make contributions connected to its delivery. These costs for specialist art materials are: $30.00.

Each student will be provided with access to Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) and print credit for completed work for the formative and summative assessments. For all extra printing students will need to purchase print credit.  


2 Internal Achievement Standards worth 8 credits

1 External Achievement Standards worth 12 credits

Where does it lead? NCEA Level 3.

For further information see Mrs Bierque