Design & Visual Communication (DVC)

Design & Visual Communication (DVC)

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The course of Design & Visual Communication (DVC) is designed to develop in students an ability to design and then express and communicate design ideas through drawing, sketching and other appropriate modes. Studies and activities in DVC introduce students to elements of a broad field of technology, and their relation to contemporary life, leisure pursuits and occupations in industry and professions.

Some of many areas that involve skills learnt in DVC include: Architecture, Mechanical, Chemical, Aeronautical, Electronic and Civil Engineering, Draughting, Surveying, Industrial and Product Design, Computer Graphics, CAD, Photography, Kitchen Design, Digital Animation, Building Science, Multi-Media, Quantity Surveying, Furniture Designer, most trades eg. Carpentry, Engineering, Plumber, Sheet metal etc.

Course Entry Requirements:      

  • Level 1 Must have taken in Year 10 or at HOD’s discretion
  • Level 2 Must have achieved 10 Credits or better at Level 1  or at H.O.D’s discretion.
  • Level 3 Must have achieved 12 credits or better at Level 2 or at HOD’s  discretion.

Design & Visual Communication (DVC)  provides a range of varied activities in designing and graphic communication.  An emphasis is placed on problem solving, innovation, technical competency and presentation.

AS Number  |  Achievement Standard Title  |  Credits  |  Assessment Method

91063  |  Produce freehand sketches that communicate design ideas  |  3  |  External

91064  |  Produce instrumental, multi-view orthographic drawings that communicate technical features of design ideas.  |  3  |  External

91065  |  Produce instrumental paraline drawings to communicate design ideas  |  3  |  External

91066  |  Use rendering techniques to communicate the form of design ideas  |  3  |  Internal

91067  |  Use the work of an influential designer to inform design ideas  |  3  |  Internal

91068 |  Undertake development of design ideas communicated through graphics practice  |  6  |  Internal

91069 |  Promote an organized body of design work to an audience using visual communication techniques  |  4  |  Internal

The Level 2 course is structured to enable students to extend their understanding and skills in designing to specified needs and graphic communication from conceptual ideas to evaluation and presentation.

The course is structured around three areas:

  • Graphic Communication
  • Environmental  and Spatial Design
  • Technological and Product Design

AS Number  |  Achievement Standard Title  |  Credits  |  Assessment Method

91337  |  Communicate design ideas using visual communication techniques  |  3  |  External

91338  |  Use working drawings to communicate technical details of a design  |  4  |  External

91339  |  Produce instrumental perspective projection drawings to communicate design ideas |  3 |  External

91340  |  Use the characteristics of a design movement or era to inform own design ideas  |  3  |  Internal

91341  |  Develop a spatial design through graphics practice |  6  |  Internal

91342  |  Develop a product design through graphic practice  |  6  |  Internal

The emphasis is on the solution of product and spatial design problems and the comprehensive and precise graphic communication of this information.

Students will show evidence of their ability to understand and successfully apply the design principles and processes to a variety of design situations.  They will be expected to illustrate innovation and creativity together with an understanding and appreciation of the technological and environmental requirements in the process of developing, refining and testing suitable solutions.  Candidates will be required to illustrate knowledge, skills and imagination in communicating conceptual ideas, detailed information and final solutions through a variety of forms of drawing and graphic presentation.

AS Number  |  Achievement Standard Title  |  Credits  |  Assessment Method

3.30  |  Initiate design ideas through exploration  |  4  |  External

3.31  |  Develop a visual presentation that exhibits a design outcome to an audience  |  6  |  Internal

3.32 |  Resolve a spatial design through graphics practice  |  6  |  Internal

3.33  |  Resolve a product design through graphic practice  |  6  |  Internal

3.34  |  Produce working drawings to communicate production details for a complex design  |  6  |  External