11 Design and Visual Communication

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms M. Dunsmore

Recommended Prior Learning

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

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

Learning Areas:


Assessment Policy & Procedures

12 Design & Visual Communication

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.