Year 9 Design & Visual Communication

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr R. Forrest

This semester course follows the technology curriculum and involves designing and creating physical products and prototypes using a mixture of manual and digital methods.  In addition to manual product design skills, students will begin to develop skills in 3D modelling and basic computer aided design (CAD) to enable them to produce physical models, prototypes and outcomes using 3D printing, laser cutting and computer numeric control (CNC) technologies. A course suited to creative individuals interested in developing solutions for the present day or future problems.

Recommended Prior Learning

None, although having an enquiring mind and an interest in problem solving, how things work and computer aided design or basic 3D modelling skills would be an advantage.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

It is recommended that students pay the subject fees of $20.00 which includes all materials consumed on the laser cutter, 3D milling machine or 3D printers to take home.
An A4 visual diary, pencil, eraser and colouring pencils.


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.

Career Pathways


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.