NCEA Level 3 Design & Visual Communication

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: M. Pearce

This course follows on from the Year 12 DVC course and prepares students for further study at College or University.  Year 13 DVC leads on perfectly from Year 12 and gives students the opportunity to take their communication and problem-solving skills to the next level.  Students will solve design-based problems in the context of a "Mechanical Brief" and an "Architectural Brief".

This course leads to a University Entrance approved subject.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$25 for graphic stationery, including A3 blocks of cartridge paper, graphic pencils, A3 folder, set squares and ruler retained by student.

Recommended Prior Learning

9 credits in Level 2 Graphics or by consultation with HOD.

Credit Information
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. 91630 v3 Design and Visual Communication 3.33 - Resolve a product design through graphics practice
A.S. 91631 v3 Design and Visual Communication 3.34 - Produce working drawings to communicate production details for a complex design
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 16

* 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: 16 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.

Pathway Tags

Architect, Photojournalist, Graphic designer, Creative Director, Print Production Artist, Art Director, Web Designer, Desktop Publisher, Web Programmer, Web Developer, Marketing Designer, Marketing Director, Illustrator, Communications Manager, Visual Artist, Film Producer, Video Maker


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.