Year 9 Design & Visual Communication

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: K. Backhouse-Smith


Students learn to develop ideas in a creative environment whilst addressing design problems. Students will learn to present design ideas through Sketching, using Rendering techniques to effectively communicate design ideas. Students will work with a variety of communication tools, traditional pencils, paper and drawing boards but increasingly you will be using modern technology including computer aided design and drawing programs to speed up and improve presentation.


We cater for all learning styles by using a combination of verbal, written and practical techniques to ensure that a student meets their potential. You will leave the course having developed skills that are applicable to a range of tasks, both personal and as a future employee.

The computer programs we use are commercial products that we can give the students, some of which are free of charge. We teach to students to use a range of computer platforms and all tasks set are not just designed to use a program but to apply it correctly to a range of tasks that are both stimulating and relevant.


You can take this subject through to Level 3 and Scholarship NCEA. As well as preparing students for University in a variety of technology related courses we also teach the skills and knowledge required to be successful in a range of jobs including the trades, engineering, graphic design, architecture and product design.

In Year 12 we also offer an innovative and successful Trades Experience course that is designed to give students an understanding of what is involved in a huge range of trades. They are placed in a range of businesses throughout the year with many being offered an apprenticeship as a result of these placements.

Many of the skills and knowledge that is developed will be directly applicable to life in general, irrespective of the career that you finally choose.


For NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3 courses will be made up of a selection of the stated standards. This will happen at the beginning of the year with the assigned teacher.