L2 Graphics (Design & Visual Communication)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr K. Meyer

Students learn through spatial (architectural) and product design projects. Creativity is encouraged through a selection of stimulating and relevant design contexts. High quality presentation and drawing skills are expected. Students will use design language to articulate the exploration and refinement of their ideas.

Students will develop their learning of:

  • Freehand sketching
  • Research skills
  • Instrumental drawing including mechanical perspective
  • Digital modelling and production of drawings using software such as Sketchup and Solidworks

The portfolio of work produced will form a substantial component of students’ university applications and may also help in obtaining employment within the design industry. Careers in Graphics include: Textiles Design, Graphic Communication, Landscape Architecture, Web Design, Industrial Design, Product Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Spatial Design, Advertising, Building, Digital Media and Photographic Design. It is also ideal preparation for Architecture and Engineering.

This course will be assessed to a selection of L2 Design & Visual Communication Achievement Standards. Assessment is a combination of both internally and externally assessed standards. Students will have the opportunity to gain up to 23 credits at L2. Graphics is an approved domain subject and is appropriate for students intending to study at university.


L3 Electronics, L3 Graphics (Design & Visual Communication), L3 Product Development Design Metal, L3 Product Development Design Wood, L3 Technical Skills

Course Costs

Special paints, paper and other materials. Payment of the subject fee will ensure an allocation for printing. $20.
Recommended Graphics equipment pack. $50

Required Prior Learning

Either gained L1 credits in NCEA L1GRAP and/or at the discretion of HOD Technology.

Course Credit Information

This course is eligible for Course Endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91338 v3 Design and Visual Communication 2.31 - Produce working drawings to communicate technical details of a design
A.S. 91339 v3 Design and Visual Communication 2.32 - Produce instrumental perspective projection drawings to communicate design ideas
A.S. 91340 v4 Design and Visual Communication 2.33 - Use the characteristics of a design movement or era to inform own design ideas
A.S. 91341 v4 Design and Visual Communication 2.34 - Develop a spatial design through graphics practice
A.S. 91342 v4 Design and Visual Communication 2.35 - Develop a product design through graphics practice
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 22 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 7 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 15 credits.

Pathway Tags

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Animator, Architect, Architectural Technician, Automotive Technician, Boat builder, Building and construction Engineer, Cabinet maker, Carpenter, Civil Engineer, CNC programmer, Coachbuilder, Computer Aided Design worker, Digital Artist, Draughts person, Electrical Engineer, Electrical Engineering Technician, Electrical trades worker, Engineering machinist, Fabrication Engineer, Game designer, Gasfitter, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Industrial designer, Interior designer, Joiner, Landscape Architect, Marine Engineer, Marine Technician, Mechanic, Mechanical Engineer, Metal worker, Motor body builder, Naval Architect, Plumber, Product designer, Quantity surveyor, Sign maker, Spatial designer, Telecommunications technician, Weapons Engineer officer, Welder, etc.