L2 Design

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Mears

Level 2 Design - Design for Sustainability: learning about contemporary Design practice 

Visual Arts Design develops visual thinking, idea development and compositional skills. 
Level 2 Design is a mix of hand and digital based Visual Arts Design. It is a course for students who have achieved  Level 1 Visual Arts and want to expand their skills into a course with an emphasis on innovative visual thinking skills based on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.. The course involves learning about contemporary Design and Designers and their ways of working, with an emphasis on understanding and using Typography for effective communication.  In Design students combine their hand drawing skills with high level digital skills using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. 

In the first internal achievement standard (2.2) the students will use established design practice to learn about design conventions and the many ways to create effective design work and in the second internal achievement standard (2.3) they will expanding their knowledge of design and design conventions into making and editing a series of related design drawings using the Adobe Creative Suite, make and order their design work and effectively communicate their ideas.

This course leads to Level 3 Visual Arts Design and other Design pathways within the Creative and Visual Arts. Further study in Fine Arts or Design will lead to rewarding career outcomes.

Prior Learning & Prerequisites

This course is the prerequisite for Level 3 Visual Arts Design.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Basic art materials such as communal design pens and pencils, aquarelles, access to inks, dyes, paint, 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 design pens, aquarelle pencils, a selection of drawing and design pencils and a quality visual diary plus a USB stick drive.

The Kaipara College Art Department provides free access to the Adobe Creative Suite and a limited number of PC's for student use. It is recommended that students that take this course have access to their own laptop or computer as that will greatly enhance their ability to keep up with the course at home and at school.

A basic take home Design kit at wholesale prices would cost approximately $40-50. 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.


Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91310 v2
Visual Arts 2.2 - Use drawing methods to apply knowledge of conventions appropriate to design
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91315 v2
Visual Arts 2.3 - Develop ideas in a related series of drawings appropriate to established design practice
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91320 v2
Visual Arts 2.4 - Produce a systematic body of work that shows understanding of art making conventions and ideas within design
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 12
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 20
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy 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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