Mt Albert Grammar School Mt Albert Grammar School

12 Design and Visual Communication 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Shaun Bailey.


At least 15 credits in Level 1 Design and Visual Communication (11VC1)

OR HoD approval.


The areas covered in level 2 Design and Visual Communication are spatial design (architecture), product design, as well as research into historical and cultural influences on design and the interrelationships of design, technology, society and the environment.

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.

The quality of assignments and course work is expected to be at a level superior to Level 1. 

More complex design briefs, development, computer aided design skills, and understanding of visual communication skills will be required as well as a wider range of modes and media application.

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 link below for an example of past student work:




13 Design and Visual Communication 1

Career Pathways

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

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

*12VC1* - Supplementary costs: Approx $70