Design & Visual Communication - (Years 11, 12 & 13)

Aim of the Course

Design & Visual Communication (DVC) is about visually exploring your ideas to resolve a need or opportunity for a new product, architectural or spatial design.
Students respond to design problems outlined in design briefs using a combination of visual communication skills to explore and refine their ideas including: ideation, design heritage and technical research, conceptual designing, modelling, rendered 2D and 3D sketches of formal drawings, computer modelling, and the divergent development of concepts through to a refined final design. The design process is supported by ongoing design judgements used to inform their idea development and summative evaluation to reflect on the outcome’s success at meeting the brief and user needs. This process is termed as Graphics Practice.
As the students progress through the various Levels from 1 to 3, their design responses are expected to improve and increase in complexity and skill, year by year.
  • At Level 1 students are given the context of an everyday object to redesign, inspired by an influential designer. 
  • At Levels 2 and 3 students are given an option or a product or spatial brief context to work within, however they are also encouraged to design their own brief. At Level 2 students look at a broader design era to inspire their design work and at Level 3 students develop their ideation skills by exploring the initiation of design ideas from a broad range of starting points. 

Future Pathways

  • Product designer
  • Architect
  • Landscape designer
  • Interior designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Urban Designer
  • Draftsperson
  • Animator
  • Exhibition Technician
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Art Director
  • Sign Maker
  • Engineering
  • Advertising 
  • Merchandiser