Whangaparaoa College Whangaparaoa College

Level 1 Design and Visual Communication Full Course

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: 27960439

Recommended Prior Learning

It is recommended to have taken year10 DVC

Design and Visual Communication is a creative visual language concerned with real-life problems and uses design sketches, drawings, illustrations, annotation and computer-generated images to communicate ideas and information. Learners will undertake a three-part full-year programme covering learning to apply divergent and convergent thinking. Demonstrating design thinking and ideas and presentation skills and techniques, which will support their achievement if learners decide to take DVC at levels 2 and 3 

Topics covered: 

Generate and explore a range of ideas for a shaded structure outside on the school grounds. Your ideas will respond to Te ao Maori and other design heritages. Learners will then undertake an Architectural Design and a Product Design where their ideas will be informed by the consideration of people.

They will also promote a presentation of their final design to an audience.


Learning Areas:


Assessment Information

Please note that the standard credit totals displayed below as well as the standard descriptions are subject to change before the start of 2024 due to the upcoming NCEA Level 1 changes.


Level 2 Design and Visual Communication

Career Pathways

Architect, Architectural Technician, Urban/Regional Planner, Interior Designer, Industrial Designer, Quantity Surveyor, Landscape Architect, Landscaper

Course Costs and Equipment

$65- Graphics pack and A3 clear file folder included in the fee.


Although we aim to enable every learner to have the course that they prefer,  limited places or learning requirements may restrict learners' choices.