This course requires 2 options.

11 Design and Visual Communication

Although next year timetables are yet to be finalised, course selection is now finished. Any changes to student courses will now take place in January.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms M. Dunsmore

Design and Visual Communication helps students to acquire the visual and design thinking skills used in fields of design such as Architecture, Engineering, Industrial Design and Spatial Design.

The course has two main areas of learning:

DESIGN: We aim to develop students’ ability to be innovative by developing creativity and critical thinking. Students work on design projects based in fields such as Architecture, Product Design and Graphic Design.

VISUAL COMMUNICATION: students learn to use a range of visual techniques to develop design ideas. These include sketching, instrumental drawing, CAD, modelling and computer graphics applications. Students learn how to visually communicate the details of their ideas to others.

Students will complete four projects during the year including:

WATER BOTTLE DESIGN : students will design an elegant water bottle for a particular context.

DESIGN PRESENTATION: students will use CAD and Graphics software to prepare a presentation of their water bottle.

LAKE HOUSE DESIGN: students will use inspiration from influential architects to assist their own design ideas for a lake house.

ARCHITECTURE EXHIBIT: students will learn to create final images and models of their architectural design.

Note: This course was formerly called GRAPHICS

Recommended Prior Learning

NONE but it is helpful for students to have completed 10DVC or 10DVH


Design and Visual Communication is offered at Years 12 and 13 and is an approved subject for University Entrance.
Future Careers: Design and Visual Communication is a useful subject for students wishing to gain tertiary qualifications or pursue a career in architecture, engineering, product design, interior design, landscape architecture, spatial design and graphic design.

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 6 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91068 v5
Design and Visual Communication 1.35 - Undertake development of design ideas through graphics practice
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 6
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

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We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.