L3 Design & Visual Communication - Semester A

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr G. Cooper

Level 3 Design & Visual Communication - Product Design

Why should students take this course?

This is a great course to take if you are interested in becoming an Architect, Industrial Designer, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Film industry/Gaming Designer or any other creative endeavour. 

What curriculum skills will students learn in this course?

Design and visual communication focuses on spatial/product design (students choice) using student-centred design briefs to enhance students ability to conceptualise, develop and communicate design ideas and potential outcomes.

Students will learn skills to effectively communicate ideas using divergent thinking and presentation skills to showcase their design ideas. 

Important information

Students who wish to gain subject endorsement  will also need to take this subject in Semester B. This is a UE accredited subject.


None. Although having taken DVC in the previous year would be an advantage.

Credit Information

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

This course is approved for University Entrance however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91627 v3 Design and Visual Communication 3.30 - Initiate design ideas through exploration
A.S. 91629 v3 Design and Visual Communication 3.32 - Resolve a spatial design through graphics practice
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 10

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 10 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.

Pathway Tags

Architect, Architectural Technician, Surveyor, Urban/Regional Planner, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Industrial Designer, Quantity Surveyor, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Landscape Architect, Landscaper, User Experience Designer, Geospatial Specialist

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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.