L3 Design

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Mears

Prior Learning & Prerequisites

Achieved in Level 2 Design External Portfolio Boards

This Level 3 course is UE approved and leads directly to Tertiary and Industry Design pathways within the Creative Industries. Further study in Fine Arts or Design will lead to rewarding career outcomes.

Level 3 Design - Design for Global Issues - an exploration of contemporary Design Practice

Level 3 Design is a mix of hand and digital based Visual Arts Design. It is a course for students who have achieved Level 2 Visual Arts Design and want to expand their skills further with  an emphasis on innovative visual thinking skills based on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The course involves a deepening understanding of contemporary Design and Designers.  With an emphasis on extending their knowledge and  use of Typography, combined with Image, for effective Design communication.  In Design students combine hand drawing skills with high level digital skills using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Visual Arts Design develops visual thinking, idea development and compositional skills. 

In the first internal achievement standard (3.2) Students will utilise established design practice to develop an understanding of design conventions and the possibilities to use this knowledge to effectively communicate ideas through design.In the second internal achievement standard (3.3) Students will  use design conventions and a knowledge of established design practice to systematically clarify ideas,  write a brief and make  a series of design drawings using the Adobe Creative Suite to edit and order the artworks that effectively communicate the message in their individual brief. 

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

Learning Areas:

2022 Level 3 Courses

Assessment Policy & Procedures
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 highly recommended at Level 3 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.

School also 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 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.

Pathway Tags

Animator/Digital Artist, Advertising Specialist, Sales and Marketing Manager, Software DeveloperArchitect, Architectural Technician, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artist, Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Tattoo Artist, Print Finisher, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Industrial Designer, Jeweller, Technical Writer, Editor, Make-up Artist, Graphic Exhibition and Collections Technician, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Lighting Technician, Game Developer, Landscape Architect, Signmaker


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.