Topic outline

  • General

  • Year 9

    This course introduces students to a range of foundation design and visual communication skills including correct use of drawing instruments, freehand sketching, orthographic projection and pictorial drawings of familiar objects. They are taught to develop an awareness of design, become familiar with colour rendering techniques and use of 3D computer modeling programmes.  Students are expected to work towards achieving high standards of presentation.

  • Year 10

    Drawing systems, geometrical constructions, presentation techniques and working to a design brief form the basis of this course. Real life problem solving activities are aimed at developing and enhancing the application of drawing skills.  CAD knowledge is expanded with the introduction of projects utilising computer drawing programmes and students are able to sign up for an industry standard drawing package is available for installation on their own computer (PC or Mac).


  • Year 11

    This course is divided into areas of study based on the new Technology curriculum Design and Visual Communication standards; Architecture, landscaping and engineering assignments, along with packaging, promotional and marketing graphics, form the basis of the course work.  Freehand and technical sketching, shading, texture and realistic colour rendering skills are also covered. 

    The design component of the course forms part of the solutions students create to address design briefs, with graphics practice being the medium through which the ideas are expressed and communicated.

  • Year 12

    This course of study, drawn from the Technology curriculum, aims to develop a more mature and independent approach to the practice of design and drawing. The focus of the course is primarily on the application of skills and knowledge using a variety of modes and media, either manually or digitally produced as appropriate. Topics include exploration of a design era or movement, spatial design (architectural/interior/environmental), and visual communication of designs for presentation to an audience. The course also assists students to predict the influences and impacts of their designs on the world they will grow up in.


  • Year 13

    This is a design and problem solving course intended to provide students with opportunities to develop and present design ideas within a wide range of contexts. These ideas are informed by research and explored using relevant graphics practice. A variety of 2D and 3D modes (conventional and digital sketching and drawing methods, virtual mock-ups and models, animations and prototypes etc.) and media (digital, marker pens etc.) are used to communicate and present design ideas and conceptual outcomes. Students are given the opportunity to use presentation techniques that draw on standard principles of composition, refine the aesthetic and functional qualities of a spatial  and incorporate wider environmental and human factors in the development, communication and ongoing evaluation of ideas into practical solutions. The course is designed to be individualised to capture the interests and passion of the students.