St Mary’s College (Wellington) St Mary’s College (Wellington)

Level 2 Art Design

Subject Description Recommended Prior Learning

It is recommended that you do Art Design at Year 11 or Design Technology or Art Painting. However, if you have an interest in Design or prior knowledge of the Adobe Design suite come and have a chat to MS Scarf about taking this subject. Also if you enjoy comic character drawing or creating for a magazine/brochure output this will be a good choice for you.



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

Art Design as a subject can teach you very valuable skills that will prepare you for the world and a wide variety of careers in the future. 

As an Art Design student at St Mary’s College, they will experience practical hands-on problem solving which will equip them with the necessary skills to think creatively and logically and to take advantage of emerging technologies. Students’ will try various illustration, photographic and sculptural processes alongside gaining skills on the computer to build your client brief. They will be encouraged to think outside the box while still learning to use and understand the importance of the conventions of design.

When students study Art Design at Year 12 they will:

  • Choose their own client brief and use this to re-brand their identity through a range of design, photography and illustration (fine art based) tasks.

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

  • Develop an understanding of layout and type integration and 'great design' by looking at established designers' work and applying these ideas to your own work.

  • Understand and create photography specifically for your client brief and design products

  • Develop critical thinking and the ability to interpret the world around you.

  • Develop and extend design techniques, research skills, develop Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign skills and conceptual thinking for further 
    art study at tertiary level in a range of design, technology, architecture and art disciplines.

  • benefit from enhanced well-being and improved health and happiness – taking Art Design as a subject
    is a creative outlet for releasing the pressures of studying as well as those of everyday life.


Learning Areas:

The Creative Arts - Visual Art


Level 3 Art Design

Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Photography, Illustration, Artist, Advertising, Architecture and more! Come and have a chat to Mrs Caldwell:)

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Mining Engineer, Sales Representative, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Sales and Marketing Manager, Aeronautical Engineer, Agricultural Technician, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Business Analyst, Software Developer, Beekeeper, Patternmaker, Statistician, Architect, Architectural Technician, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artist, Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Electronics Engineer, Glazier, Baker, Building Insulator, Print Finisher, Line Mechanic, Science Technician, Meteorologist, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Communications Professional, Telecommunications Engineer, Telecommunications Technician, Pharmacist, Event Manager, Technical Writer, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Visual Merchandiser, Personal Assistant, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Importer/Exporter, Food Technologist, Funeral Director/Embalmer, Game Developer, Photographer, Printer, Signmaker, User Experience Designer


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.