Scholarship Design and Visual Communication

Course Description

Design and Visual Communication Scholarship is an opportunity for students to showcase their advanced skills and design practice. The course will focus on; the innovative and perceptive generation of design ideas in a context, sophisticated development of those ideas, and communicated effectively with visual impact. Students can complete either a Product or Spatial design project to showcase the depth and breadth of their design thinking. They will learn how to use research, modelling (physical models or computer generated) to validate their ideas and will develop skills in justifying their design decisions based on rigorous analysis and critical reflection. By the end of the course, students will have developed practical skills and gained experience in applying a design process to present original and evocative design possibilities.

Format of the assessment

Assessment will be in the form of a portfolio. A portfolio is an organised collection of evidence that clearly communicates the candidate’s knowledge, understanding, and skills relevant to the Design and Visual Communication Scholarship performance standard. 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.

A candidate may submit a portfolio of work using a variety of media in any form, and up to a maximum size of A2 (420 ×594 mm). Digital media will need to be submitted in a PDF, PowerPoint, HTML, or QuickTime format. Material submitted on USB drives will NOT be assessed. Where mock-ups, prototypes, and models have been used, only comprehensive photographic evidence should be submitted.

A Scholarship portfolio should not exceed 60 pages. The submission can be made up of individual sheets, a visual diary, or a combination of both – to total no more than 60 pages.

The following presentation formats are recommended:

A2 or A3 sheets – A2 sheets will need to be folded to A3 size

presentation boards, if used, to be limited to 4

visual diaries, if used, to be limited to 2; however, high-quality photographs or photocopies of these pages are preferable

laminated material, if submitted, limited to maximum of 6 pages.




Courses will only run based on minimum entries

Selecting a course does not guarantee entry into this course

You may apply for an exemption if you do not meet the prerequisites of a course or if the course requires this for entry

Standards offered can be altered at the discretion of the HOF or HOD of the Department

Some standards in NCEA courses might be optional depending on student strengths