ASHS Coursebook: 3GRA (Level 3 Graphics)

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Information icon.svg 3GRA
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What is this course about?

Level three Graphics involves study within three categories which are as follows:

  • Architectural or Environmental Design: students will develop and resolve design situations based on the needs of people and their environment.
  • Engineering or Technological: students will be involved in the design and graphic communication of products and systems of control which have a technological application.
  • Media or Technical Illustration: this activity involves the use of graphic techniques associated with media, illustration, advertising, packaging, display, and layout. Students will demonstrate an understanding of a range of media, illustration techniques, colour, and typography.

What will I learn?

Students will learn how to plan a presentation which will involve such things as consideration and selection of alternative modes, target audience, resources and constraints in relation to the design.

Students will develop skills within graphic formats such as  portfolio development, CAD representation, website, powerpoint and video. Students will learn to show the development and construction procedure associated with their presentation in order to clearly communicate the key features of design ideas.

Other areas of focus include composition, accuracy of layout, neatness and tidiness, precision, execution of techniques, and communication methods suitable for explaining the key features of the design ideas.

What sorts of things will I do?

Students will produce design sketches, working drawings, notes, research, models, mock-ups, audio, visual, oral presentation to a group, 3D rendered pictorial sketches and drawings, computer generated images, and photography.

They will also learn to refine solutions this will involve ongoing analysis and reflection at each stage of the design process which will improve the quality of the solution in relation to the specifications in the brief.

What standards can I enter?

Summary of standards:
NCEA Level: Standard Number: Name of standard: Version Number: Credits: Assessment:
3 AS 3.1 (90734) Negotiate a brief and a solution by applying a design process 2 5 External
AS 3.2 (90735)

Plan and produce a presentation to communicate design ideas
AS 3.3 (90736)

Develop and communicate a solution to an architectural or environmental design brief
AS 3.4 (90738)

Develop and communicate a solution to a media or technical illustration design brief

Total available credits: 19

Frequently asked questions:

What are the requirements for Graphics Scholarship?

Entry into Graphics scholarship is available at Y13 following discussion with your teacher. The format is as follows:

Assessment will be in the form of a portfolio. This is an organised collection of evidence that clearly communicates the candidate's knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the graphics scholarship performance standards. Evidence may be drawn from one major unit of work or multiple units of work, provided they are linked and integrated in generating a coherent body of material.

Candidates should develop their ideas within the context of a design brief or briefs, which should draw evidence from any of the following graphics areas: Architecture, Environmental, Engineering, Technological, Media, and Technical Illustration.
For Scholarship, students will need to produce evidence at an advanced level and of an in-depth nature specifically in one of these areas.