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DESIGN / COSTUME DESIGN: NCEA LEVEL 1

Course description:

The purpose of this course is to provide students with visual problem-solving skills. Stu-dents will not only learn how to “see” good design, but they will learn how to createtheir own. The design standards work equally for Graphic design (for example makingposters, logos tickets etc for a real life fundraising event) or for Designing costumes forproduction or wearable arts events.. Students will learn to communicate ideas usingtraditional art making techniques as well as professional digital design software likeAdobe Photoshop, and Illustrator.


Possible pathways:

Students who identify with Te Ao Māori and English will benefit from this course as they will learn to communicate ideas in new and interesting ways. This course prepares students for Design in NCEA Level 2 and 3.

NCEA credits available: 20 Visual Arts credits with endorsements.

Exclusions: It is not recommended that you take Level 1 Design and Level 1 Painting as some of the standards are shared. Please discuss with your Dean/ Miss McCarthy for more information.

DESIGN: NCEA LEVEL 2

Course description:

The purpose of this course is to provide students with visual problem-solving skills. Students will continue to learn how design influences the world around us, and use this knowledge to create their own visual solutions for problems relevant to their tūrangawaewae and community. Students will learn to communicate ideas using traditional art making techniques as well as professional digital design software like Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.

Possible pathways:

Students who identify with the Arts, Te Ao Māori, and English will benefit from this course as they will learn to communicate ideas in new and interesting ways. Also, students will not only be preparing for Design in NCEA Level 3, but a potential career in graphic design, advertising, illustration, or digital media.

NCEA credits available: 20 Design credits with endorsements.

Exclusions: None


DESIGN: NCEA LEVEL 3

Course description:

The purpose of this course is to provide students with visual problem-solving skills. Students will continue to learn how design influences the world around us, and use this knowledge to create their own visual solutions for problems relevant to an interest of choice. Students will learn to communicate ideas using traditional art making techniques as well as professional digital design software like Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.

Possible pathways:

Students who identify with the Arts, Te Ao Māori, and English will benefit from this course as they will learn to communicate ideas in new and interesting ways. Students will earn credits towards NCEA Level 3, but can also look into careers in graphic design, advertising, illustration, or digital media.

NCEA credits available: 22 Design credits with endorsements.

Exclusions: None


PAINTING / MURAL: NCEA LEVEL 1

Course description:

Do you like drawing, painting, printing, experimenting with picture making? Do youwant to go in-depth with your art making processes? Do you want a subject endorse-ment? Then this is for you. This is your chance to express your own identity and cultural heritage through your art. It is a taught course so you don’t need to be talented tostart with, you will be by the end of the year! This year you have the option to complete a mural with your class.


Possible pathways:

This is a creative pathway. It can lead to jobs in design, art, illustration, photography, game design etc. This is excellent preparation for NCEA Level 2 and 3 Painting, Photography and Design too.

NCEA credits available: 20

Exclusions: It is not recommended that you take Level 1 Design and Level 1 Painting as some of the standards are shared. Please discuss with your Dean/ Miss McCarthy for more information.

PAINTING: NCEA LEVEL 2

Course description:

Do you want to learn how to draw, paint or print? Are you a creative student? Areyou willing to try new things out? Are you prepared to work on a project in depth?Would you want a subject endorsement? Then this is for you! Everyone can learnhow to paint, you only need to give it your best!


Possible pathways:

Be part of creative industry such as artist, online business, designer, makeup artist, fashion designer, digital artist, printmaker, cartoonist, animation artist, film maker photographer.

NCEA credits available: 20

Exclusions: It is recommended that you take only 2 visual arts subjects this year. Pick from Painting, Design, Photography, Wearable Arts. See your dean / Miss McCarthy for further information. Exceptions can be made Responsive on the needs of the student.


PAINTING: NCEA LEVEL 3

Course description:

Do you love drawing, painting or printmaking? Are you a creative student? Are youwilling to try new art making processes? Are you prepared to work on a project indepth? Would you like to work towards a subject endorsement? Would you like toachieve a Scholarship in this field of study?Are you motivated and passionate about art? Then this is for you!


Possible pathways:

This is a creative pathway. It can lead to careers in the visual arts, film making, online business, fashion designer, makeup artist, illustration, fine art, photography, design, game character design or university.

NCEA credits available: 24

Exclusions: None 


PHOTOGRAPHY / PRINTMAKING: NCEA LEVEL 1

Course description:

Do you love being in or taking photos? Do you want to make better use of your cam-era/ camera phone? Do you want to experiment with lighting and camera tech-niques in our studio? Are you an independent and creative student? Are you willing totry new things out? Then this is for you! Everyone can learn how to take great photos,you only need to give it your best! Also on offer this year is some printmaking, such asscreen printing and etching for those who are keen.


Possible pathways:

This course sets an excellent foundation for Level 2 and 3 Photography and Designand leads to creative industries such as becoming an artist, running an online business,designer, model, makeup artist, fashion designer, digital artist, printmaker, cartoonist,animation artist, film maker and photographer.


NCEA credits available: 20

Exclusions: It is recommended that you take only 1 visual arts subject at Level 1. Pick from Painting, Design, or Photography. See your Dean/Miss McCarthy for further information.


PHOTOGRAPHY: NCEA LEVEL 2

Course description:

Do you love being in or taking photos? Do you want to make better use of your cam-era/ camera phone? Do you want to experiment with lighting and camera tech-niques in our studio? Are you a creative student? Are you willing to try new things out?Are you prepared to work on a project in depth? Would you want a subject endorse-ment? Then this is for you! Everyone can learn how to take great photos, you onlyneed to give it your best!


Possible pathways:

Be part of creative industry such as artist, online business, designer, makeup artist,fashion designer, digital artist, printmaker, cartoonist, animation artist, film maker andphotographer.


NCEA credits available: 24

Exclusions: It is recommended that you take only 2 visual arts subjects. Pick from Painting, Design, Photography, Wearable Arts. See your Dean/Miss McCarthy for further information. Exceptions can be made depending on student needs.


PHOTOGRAPHY: NCEA LEVEL 3Course description:Do you love being in or taking photos? Do you want to make better use of your cam-era/ camera phone? Do you want to experiment with lighting and camera tech-niques in our studio? Are you an independent and creative student? Are you willing totry new things out? Do you want to gain UE internally? Then this is for you! Everyonecan learn how to take great photos, you only need to give it your best!


Possible pathways:This course offers UE internally, however you must be prepared to complete a writtenresearch project and make a cultural item such as a carving/ weaving as well ascomplete 2 photography standards to gain this. Other pathways lead to creative in-dustries such as becoming an artist, running an online business, designer, makeup art-ist, fashion designer, digital artist, printmaker, cartoonist, animation artist, film makerand photographer.


NCEA credits available: 16 internal with an additional 14 external exam credits


Exclusions: It is recommended that you take only 2 visual arts subjects. Pick fromPainting, Design, Photography, Wearable Arts. See your Dean/Miss McCarthy for fur-ther information. Exceptions can be made depending on student needs.