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Design and Visual Communication (Graphics)

Nau mai to Graphics (Design and Visual Communication)

Design and visual communication focuses on understanding and applying drawing techniques and design practice to communicate realistic design ideas. Students enhance their ability to conceptualise, develop, and communicate design ideas and potential outcomes, and their skill to interpret graphical information. Drawing techniques are:

·         2D and 3D Freehand sketching;

·         Rendering and presentation with a variety of media;

·         Paraline 3D technical drawing;

·         3rd angle multi-view Orthographic Projection;

·         Perspective;

·         Modelling; and

·         A variety of digital media.



Components of Design and Visual Communication (DVC)

Knowledge of Design Practice

Design practice has a focus on developing conceptual designs in response to a brief. Knowledge of design practice includes understanding that designers identify the qualities and potential of design ideas in terms of the broad principles of design aesthetics and function and sustainability, and that they are influenced by societal, environmental, historical and technological factors.

Visual Communication

Visual communication refers to the effective communication and presentation of design ideas using modelling and graphic design techniques. Initially students learn to communicate and present their design ideas and information by applying 2D and 3D visual communication techniques such as sketching, rendering, mock-ups, digital drawing and modelling, annotations, instrumental, templates, collage, overlays, Students progress to effectively and clearly applying complex and high quality visual techniques and knowledge that communicate a story to an audience - the intent of their design ideas.

Graphics Practice

Graphics practice refers to the creative application of drawing and design knowledge and techniques to develop conceptual outcomes that address a brief, or a technological outcome of a graphical nature.

Tertiary pathways

DVC achievement standards at Level three and Cambridge are University approved by the many design and Engineering schools, including relevance to trade training. Some standards also support important literacy and numeracy requirements. Speak with your teacher should you require further information.  

Technology Product Development (Materials Technology)

In the last fifteen years Technology has developed into a subject that is now University approved.

Technology Product Development (TPD) is a pathway compiled of Achievement Standards, beginning in Year 9 and following through to Year 13.  This course is designed for students wanting to continue study in Engineering (such as civil, mechanical and structural), Design and Product Development, and is aimed at university entrance. For those considering a career in Technology, Fashion, Biotechnology, Information Technology or Food Technology, studying Technology at senior school level is strongly recommended.

More information regarding this pathway can be found on Technology Online.


                                             Student designed necklace









Student designed iPod Amplifier 


The Vocational Pathway is a Unit Standard based programme of study. These programmes start in Year 11 and are designed to attract students who are interested in the trades and tertiary education. 

The students are offered courses in Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering and Carpentry. These courses link into Industry Training Organisations, industry certificates, and Gateway. This allows students the ability to flow seamlessly into tertiary institutions, or securing an apprenticeship. This pathway replaces the old woodwork/metalwork craft based courses as some of us would have known them.


Yr13 Carpentry (Ukuleles) 








     Yr12 Engineering {Fishing reel)