L3 Design & Visual Communication (Graphics)

L3TDVC
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr K. Meyer

Required Prior Learning


Having gained nine L2 credits in NCEA L2GRAP is essential.

Any exceptions must be discussed with Mr Meyer.



Students learn through architectural, product and media 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 apply their learning from previous years to solve complex design issues.

This will include the use of:

  • Freehand sketching
  • Research Skills
  • Instrumental drawing
  • 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 L3 Graphic Design Achievement Standards. Assessment is a combination of both internally and externally assessed standards. Students will have the opportunity to gain up to 20 credits at L3. Graphics is an approved domain subject and is appropriate for students intending to study at university.


Learning Areas:

Technology Resistant Materials [Design & Visual Communication & Electronics]


Assessment Procedures
Career Pathways

Locksmith, Train Driver, Navy Sailor, Navy Officer, Pulp and Paper Mill Operator, Plastics Technician, Metal Worker, Brick and Blocklayer, Boat Builder, Naval Architect, Tattoo Artist, Project Manager, Fabrication Engineer, Print Finisher, Building Contractor, Building and Construction Labourer, Roading Construction Worker, Mechanical Engineer, Roadmarker, Electrical Engineer, Roofer, Building and Construction Manager, Earthmoving Machine Operator, Wood Processing Worker, Scaffolder, Signmaker, Cabinet Maker, Line Mechanic, Surveyor, Textile Process Operator, Valuer, User Experience Designer, Carpenter, Flooring Installer, Marketing Specialist, Geospatial Specialist, Urban/Regional Planner, Garment Technician, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Cutter, Fashion Designer, Sewing Machinist, Coachbuilder/Trimmer, Miner/Quarry Worker, Mine/Quarry Manager, Journalist, Graphic Designer, Diver, Interior Designer, Painter and Decorator, Communications Professional, Telecommunications Technician, Industrial Designer, Concrete Worker, Stonemason, Quantity Surveyor, Crane Operator, Technical Writer, Editor, Make-up Artist, Animator/Digital Artist, Mining Engineer, Curator, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Copywriter, Sales and Marketing Manager, Aeronautical Engineer, Visual Merchandiser, Air Force Airman/Airwoman, Air Force Officer, Electronics Trades Worker, Aircraft Loader, Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Driller, Aircraft Refueller, Product Assembler, Electrician, Lift Technician, Patternmaker, Engineering Machinist, Building Surveyor, Environmental Engineer, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Architect, Plasterer, Architectural Technician, Plastics Worker, Army Officer, Media Producer, Army Soldier, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Ranger, Artist, Film and Video Editor, Florist, Medical Physicist, Sound Technician, Forestry and Logging Worker, Electronics Engineer, Collision Repair Technician, Furniture Finisher, Glazier, Automotive Refinisher, Baker, Lighting Technician, Game Developer, Landscape Architect, Landscaper, Wall and Floor Tiler, Building Insulator, Tailor/Dressmaker, Glass Processor, Chemical Engineer, Hairdresser/Barber, Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Technician, Industrial Spray Painter, Joiner

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
Product Design and Innovation Awareness Trip. Price TBC