Year 10 Design & Visual Communication

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr R. Forrest

This course enables students to realise the importance and relevance of design and graphical communication in today’s technological society. The skills taught will promote student learning through a series of related tasks that will lead to a career pathway in a design related field. This course follows the New Zealand Curriculum and leads directly to NCEA Level 1.

Students will build on their knowledge and skills from Year 9 to cover a wider range of skills that include investigation, research, problem solving, and evaluation. Formal drawing skills are developed further, to enable more complex design tasks to be completed. Computer Aided Design (CAD) is introduced in greater depth with students being able to develop 3D models, physical prototypes and working drawing documentation for design tasks.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students must supply their own pencils (draughting and colouring) as well as a compass.
It is recommended that students pay $25.00 which covers the cost of take home materials associated with the C02 Dragster Design and limited 3D printing, laser cutting and colour printing costs.

A3 Visual Diary


The course is intended for students interested in developing their skills in either product design, interior design, engineering or architecture. Ultimately, students can progress through to Year 13 which is a university entrance approved course.


It is the policy of Taupo-nui-a-Tia College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.

Credits listed may change.