11 Design and Visual Communication 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Shaun Bailey.

The areas covered in Design and Visual Communication are spatial (architecture) and product design. 

Throughout the year students will develop their creativity, learn about the practice of designing (initiating and developing ideas), make qualitative judgments (informed decisions on aesthetic and functional aspects of design), and develop a range of drawing (visual communication) skills through an activity-based project-driven approach.

Students will complete a full NZQA designed Design and Visual Communication course. NCEA assessments will be detailed in the course booklet issued at the beginning of each year.

The internally assessed briefs will be used as part of the evidence for externally assessed work to be sent away for marking.

Design and Visual Communication leads to design courses offered throughout most tertiary institutions and universities.  Career pathways can lead into architecture, draughting, product design, fashion, furniture design and much more. Design and Visual Communication is also a useful subject for students considering a career in the building or engineering industries.

The course continues through to Year 13 and qualifies for scholarship at Year 13. 

This course also leads to UE approval in year 13.

Please see the links below for an example of a past students work:



Completion of Year 10  Design and Visual Communication (10VC1) at Achieved level or higher.  

OR Year 10 English (10EN1) at Achieved level or higher. 

OR HoD approval


Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

*11VC1* - Supplementary costs: Approx $70


Credit Information

You will be assessed in this course through all or a selection of the standards listed below.

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 5 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 5 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 92001 v3
Design and Visual Communication 1.2 - Use representation techniques to visually communicate own product or spatial design outcome
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 5
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0