Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Level 3 Design and Visual Communication

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs J. Johnston.

Recommended Prior Learning

Required to take 2DVC to support learning at this level.

Level Three Design and Visual Communication students facilitated in applying their range of skills over the course of the year through Product and/or Spatial design of their choice. Using Visual Communication to address how design ideas and outcomes are appropriately presented to a viewer. Product design focuses on the development of tangible items that have a specific function within people's everyday lives. Spatial design is about the designing of three-dimensional spaces in terms of how they are experienced, occupied, or used by people.  

Skills students should be able to demonstrate in this course are:

  • Design Thinking (creative and critical thinking)
  • Problem Solving
  • Sketching
  • CAD modeling
  • Rendering with markers
  • Photo rendering 
  • Presentation
  • Drawing Board skills
  • Design Heritage

Students work is assessed in several internal standards, and an external portfolio at the end of the year. NB: Students choose which Internal Achievement Standards they want to include as their focus for the year. 

Taking CAD elective along side DVC is a great way to advance skills for a range of standards. This course is also complementary to Design Technology. 

Any inquiries contact Mrs Johnston

Learning Areas:

Hangarau - Technology

Career Pathways

Photographer, Printer, Metal Worker, Boat Builder, Naval Architect, Print Finisher, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Building and Construction Manager, Scaffolder, Signmaker, Cabinet Maker, Surveyor, User Experience Designer, Marketing Specialist, Geospatial Specialist, Urban/Regional Planner, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Cutter, Coachbuilder/Trimmer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Painter and Decorator, Communications Professional, Telecommunications Engineer, Industrial Designer, Jeweller, Technical Writer, Animator/Digital Artist, Mining Engineer, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Advertising Specialist, Aeronautical Engineer, Visual Merchandiser, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer, Electrical Engineering Technician, Engineering Machinist, Statistician, Information Technology Architect, Environmental Engineer, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Architect, Architectural Technician, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artist, Electronics Engineer, Landscape Architect, Landscaper, Glass Processor, Chemical Engineer, Biomedical Engineer

Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

Cost $20 for presentation boards, specialised drawing paper/card

Equipment required for this course: A3 drawing folder, 30/60 and 45 degree set squares, compass, colour pencils, scale ruler, eraser, eraser shield, 2H pencils.
An equipment folder that includes all of these items can be purchased through school at a cost of $40.