Mt Albert Grammar School Mt Albert Grammar School

11 Design and Visual Communication 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Shaun Bailey.


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


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:




12 Design and Visual Communication 1

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Advertising Specialist, Architect, Architectural Technician, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artist, Tailor/Dressmaker, Urban/Regional Planner, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Industrial Designer, Jeweller, Make-up Artist, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Media Producer, Landscape Architect, Signmaker, User Experience Designer

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

*11VC1* - Supplementary costs: Approx $70