Art Design Level 3

L3DES
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr P. Manu

Recommended Prior Learning

Level 2 Art Design


In Level 3 Design we will be looking at the historic evolution of Design as well as contemporary practice. We will develop our understanding of how meaning is created and communicated through design. Design processes will include will range from very hands-on

drawing and collage to completely digital design or character design. Graphic Design is creating logos, magazine spreads and covers, posters and other brand concepts whereas character design illustration can be for a graphic novel or a game, but both encourage the student to bring their own developing style to their design work. 

Students are required to develop their ideas for a brand, social issue, graphic novel or game over the year in consultation with the teacher to formulate an individualised graphic style. Design can utilise a range of approaches including sketching, collage, photography, paint, models and digital processes. Your final body of work will be printed and displayed on a portfolio board for assessment.

Students are encouraged to be innovative and will build on their knowledge of art techniques studied in Year 12.

Where a student wishes to take TWO of the above Level 2 Visual Art subjects, they need the permission of Mr. Manu

Examples of level 3 Design boards below:



Course Overview

Term 1
Logo Design/Website: You will research methods and ideas related to design as well as contextual information about your idea to base your work on. You will use drawing to generate and develop ideas; drawing could be done in the traditional way with a pencil on paper but we will also move in to digital computer based drawing depending on your strengths and interest. Design solutions can be base around typography, illustration (including character design / animation) and editorial design such as advertising.
(4 Credits).

Term 2
Personal Design: (Logo, magazine spread or cover, website, graphic novel cover etc.) You will research methods and ideas related to design ideas you want to pursue, researching about your theme to base your work on. You will use drawing to generate and develop ideas. Design projects will be inspired by established design artists, and can be based around typography, illustration (including character design) or editorial design such as advertising. This work will also become the basis of your two board Portfolio which is your external assessment. (4 Credits).

Term 3
Personal Designs: You will use design artists as inspiration to create concepts. developments and final designs for each design brief project for your External Assessment. This work will make up your three board Portfolio which is your external assessment. (1st half of 14 credits).

Term 4
You will use design artists as inspiration to create concepts, developments and final designs for each design brief project for your External Assessment. This work will finish your three board Portfolio which is your external assessment. (2nd half of 14 credits).

Learning Areas:

Visual Arts



Career Pathways

Printer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Print Finisher, Secondary School Teacher, Signmaker, Marketing Specialist, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Industrial Designer, Animator/Digital Artist, Curator, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Sales and Marketing Manager, Visual Merchandiser, Software Developer, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Artist, Game Developer