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NCEA Level 1 Creative Technologies – Design & Visual Communication
Level 1
Number of Credits: 16-19

Entry Recommendations: Open entry. Year 10 Design & Visual Communication is recommended but not essential, however students who have successfully completed Year 10 DVC have priority entry.

Course Outline: This course is comprised of two major design projects – a product design and a spatial design. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop skills in visual literacy and creative thinking. The course also includes a case study of a notable designer of the student’s choosing.

Skills developed in the course:

Students are taught how to communicate knowledge using a range of visual communication techniques such as:

  • Sketching and Rendering
  • Instrumental Drawing
  • Modelling
  • Presentation
  • Computer Aided Design

Course Costs: Students will need some graphic media and instrumental equipment in addition to the Year 10 requirements. 

This course leads to: NCEA Level 2 Design & Visual Communication or IB Design Technology.

Assessment: Components of this course will be selected from the following standards to suit individual learning needs.

AS 91063
Produce freehand sketches that communicate design ideas
3 Credits
AS 91068
Undertake development of design ideas through graphics practice
6 Credits
AS 91066
Use rendering techniques to communicate the form of design ideas
3 Credits
AS 91067
Use the work of an influential designer to inform design ideas
3 Credits
Level 1 Creative Technologies – Design and Visual Communication