Level 1 Visual Art

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Mrkusic.


Mixed Media observational studies by Level One students 2023

The thematic content changes each year to make it meaningful and relevant to the cohort coming in. The 3 term course embraces Te Ao Maori and Pacific Art and references contemporary NZ Artist Models. Skills developed during the Level 1 course will be applied to exploration, experimentation, the generation of work, development of ideas and technical control of media. Focus on exploration and experimentation is a big feature of the new NCEA changes to facilitate authentic learning. There is no longer such a big emphasis on the production of finished art works.

Subject Overview

Term 1
Practice based visual inquiry to explore Aotearoa NZ Maori context and another context. Images gathered includes collage, photographs, drawings, and sketches. Notes and annotations demonstrate ongoing thinking and decision making.
The research gathered in term one can be added to continuously in term 2 and 3 to support and document new ideas and thinking.

Internal AS 91912 5 credits.

Term 2
Explore visual arts processes and conventions to inform own art making.
This is a workbook presentation that documents and demonstrates your experimentation,trials and failures as art making processes and procedures are explored to gain new knowledge and learning.

External AS 91914 5 credits

Term 3
Create a sustained body of related artworks in response to an artmaking proposition or theme.
This is presented on 1 x A1 panel. the related artworks form a series to show generation and idea development within the art making process.

External AS 91915 5 credits

Term 4
Portfolio hand-in is in week 1 of term 4. After this class time is used for study.

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 10 Visual Art or an interest in making art and an interview with the HOD.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students are required to purchase a set 10 acrylic paints and a set of paintbrushes.
The portfolio of practical art work (external exam equivalent) has a charge of $10.00 as this is the take home component


Level 2 Visual Art extends idea development from Level 1. Students study artistic conventions and apply the new knowledge to their own work. They learn to sequence of a body of work to create a related series. Both provide a foundation upon which to generate, develop and synthesise new work for the external portfolio.

Assessment Information

Students sit one internal standard and one external standard for the year. All work is practical and hands-on. The external standard is presented as a two panel portfolio due early Term 4 by the NZQA deadline

Credit Information

You will be assessed in this course through all or a selection of the standards listed below.

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90915 v2
Visual Arts 1.3 - Use drawing conventions to develop work in more than one field of practice
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90916 v3
Visual Arts 1.4 - Produce a body of work informed by established practice, which develops ideas, using a range of media
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 12
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 18
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0


All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

  • meeting any course entry requirements
  • minimum class sizes
  • the availability of teaching staff

and the final decision is at the discretion of the Head of Learning Area for that subject.