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Stage 1 Visual Arts Studies - Design

Course Length: 10-credit or 20-credit
Learning Area: Arts

Where does it lead?

Design provides an excellent background for a wide range of tertiary courses and careers. Tertiary courses include Architectural Design, Engineering (Architectural), Industrial Design, Education (Visual Arts), Built Environment, Media Design and careers include Architecture, Interior Design, Illustration, Web Design, Graphic Design, Town Planning, Landscape Design, Product Design and Teaching.

What is in the course?

The dominant proposition is that design is about solving problems, with a practical component and an aesthetic component – form and function. The practical component, explores design methods and presentation standards through assignments chosen by the teacher, followed by a major project of student choice, negotiated with the teacher, which might focus on graphic design (logos, posters, CD covers), multimedia (web-site, CD ROM), product design, fashion, architectural design or landscape design.

The practical component of the course is divided into two parts, the final presentation of the solution and a folio documenting the design brief, research and idea generation leading to the final.

Drawing skills are an advantage, but not essential.

The Visual Study is an investigation into design techniques and analysis of design works from both historical and contemporary designers.


  • Practical
    • Folio
  • Visual Study
    • Final
  • Examination


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