Level 1 Art Design

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Mrkusic

Recommended Prior Learning

It is recommended that you have had some experience in Art and/or Design Technology in the junior school.

“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” 

Art Design will captivate students who are curious about creative, practical problem solving using the conventions of Graphic Design. 

Students will explore illustration, photographic and sculptural processes alongside computer skills to build a client brief. Using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign, students will develop an understanding of layout and type integration informed by the work of established designers.


Use a local curriculum context using authentic practical hands-on problem solving

Be given or develop a client brief 

Learn Photography and Illustration for marketing of the client brief and Fine Art purposes

Develop conceptual thinking and design techniques for logos, posters, tote bags & T.shirts

Develop Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign skills (future focussed)

Find opportunity and support in the Art room where you have the freedom to express your ideas and work creatively with access to specialist design equipment and studio space.

Students will be offered 2 internals and complete an external portfolio.

Endorsement offered.

Future Pathways

This is a local curriculum project which supports our school values through promoting service and sustainability of our land.

Studying Design can open doors to creative industries such as:

  • Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Advertising, Web Design, Game Concept Artist, Architecture, Special Effects Designer

  • Artist, Photographer, Printmaker, Sculptor, Performance Art, Filmmaker, 

  • Interior Design, Textile Design, Fashion Design, Costume and Set Designer

  • Art Restorer, Gallery Curator, Exhibition Manager, Teacher, Art Historian

  • There are also a wide range of courses available for those wanting to follow a creative digital pathway in the future.

Visual skills are essential for a sophisticated workforce, so by studying Art Design you will gain an education in the vital skills of learning to see and develop the ability to interpret and critique our image-saturated world.

Subject Overview

Term 1
In this an integrated foundation course of Art Design, students will gain many future focused skills. The whole year is project based and you will start with developing a client brief for a Eco Restoration project. Students will generate their own imagery (1.2 and 1.3), analyse established designers work, and apply their ideas through the action of drawing, illustrating, photography and designing through an independent workbook practice and folio (1.4).

1.2 - Use drawing methods and skills for recording information using wet and dry media (Internal - 4 credits)
Wet and dry media exploration

Term 2
1.3 - Use drawing conventions to develop work in more than one field of practice (Internal)

Term 3
1.4 - Produce a body of work informed by established practice, which develops ideas, using a range of media (External)

Term 4
1.4 - Produce a body of work informed by established practice, which develops ideas, using a range of media (External)

Learning Areas:

The Creative Arts - Visual Art

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery


Assessment Information You will complete 2 internals (10 credits) and 1 external 2 panel folio (12 credits) TOTAL credits = 22

All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

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