L1 Visual Arts - Semester A

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: J. Mears

Level 1 Art - Aotearoa, our place, our land, our turangawaewae

Level 1 Visual Arts is a ‘mixed media’ Visual Arts course. It is a course for students who have enjoyed the Year 10 Drawing Project and want to continue to develop their skills and confidence with drawing, painting and expand into  printmaking. In addition the course develops visual thinking and compositional skills. 

In this semester students embark on two internal achievement standards the first (1.2) focusses on skill building in wet and dry media and the second (1.3) expands skills into Collage, Montage and Printmaking including dry point etching, stencilling and collagraph print methods. 

Students will utilise creative thinking skills to analyse contexts and the way contemporary artists work and will learn how to apply this knowledge to plan and make their own compositions.

Level 1 Visual Arts leads on to three Level 2 specialist Visual Arts Courses: Painting, Design and Photography. 

If students are taking this course with a view to taking any of the Level 2 Visual Arts courses then it is recommended that they take both semesters. 

Note: Semester A can be taken without talking Semester B (the external portfolio boards) - but Semester B cannot be taken without first completing Semester A. 

Visual Arts at Level 3 is a UE approved subject and leads on to University and rewarding careers.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

The basic art materials such as communal paint, inks, dyes, specialty papers and communal pencils and brushes will be available. It is recommended that students have a take home kit that includes their own quality synthetic brushes. fine art student paint, a selection of drawing and design pencils and a quality visual diary.

A basic take home kit at wholesale prices would cost approximately $60-70. Students will be able to place an order at the start of the year to purchase the materials that they want for their personal practice or are free to supply their own.

Prior Learning & Prerequisites

Art at Year 10  The Drawing Project (or minimum year 9 Art) is advantageous. It is recommended that students have completed and passed the Year 10 Art - Te whaakahua tatuhi pukapuka - the drawing project - to ensure that the students level of skill is at level 5 of the NZ Visual Arts Curriculum before entering this Level 1 NCEA course. Otherwise discretionary entry after consultation with the HoF of Arts with evidence of skill levels is essential.

Note: If students wish to take semester two - the external Portfolio Boards they must have first achieved the internal Level 1 Visual Arts standards offered in Semester 1. (see details below). 

The Level 1 Visual Arts course is the prerequisite for the Level 2 specialist Visual Arts Courses: Painting, Design and Photography. 


Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement, however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

Total Credits Available: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90914 v3
Visual Arts 1.2 - Use drawing methods and skills for recording information using wet and dry media
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90915 v2
Visual Arts 1.3 - Use drawing conventions to develop work in more than one field of 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: 10
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0


Selection of a course does not guarantee entry into the course. Courses may not run due to low numbers and timetable clashes may occur. In both of these situations, the student will be consulted about alternative courses during the Course Confirmation process.

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