12 Design & Visual Communication

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms M. Dunsmore

Recommended Prior Learning

Students need to have completed the 11DVC course.

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.

Course content: Students will complete 3 design projects during the year including:

  • Architecture Project: Students will design a visitor pavilion for Maungawhau
  • Product design: Students will use sketching and 3D CAD software to develop a coffee making product
  • Presentation design: Students will design and produce a presentation of one of their solutions from above. Skills taught will include layout and composition techniques and use of computer applications.

Learning Areas:


Assessment Policy & Procedures

13 Design & Visual Communication