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

Level 3 Visual Art

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Mrkusic.

Recommended Prior Learning

Level 2 Art is a pre-requisite as key skills are taught at Level 2 that are assumed by Level 3. Only in a rare case and after discussion with the HOD may a student join this course without taking Level 2.

                           Developing ideas from Surreal Collage into Painting by Level Three student 2023

This course engages the students academically and creatively. They will continue to build on their knowledge of art making traditions, extend ideas and clarify outcomes. This course demands a rigorous output of artwork and a high level of commitment to developing a comprehensive body of work that is both conceptual and technically astute. This course at Level Three is teacher guided unlike Level One and Two which is teacher directed. NZQA stipulates a guided course at Level Three as preparation for Tertiary Study.

It is strongly recommended that students who have graduated from Level 2 Visual Art will be best prepared for Level 3. In certain instances an interview with the HOD may also allow entry.

Subject Overview

Term 1
Determine theme/issue or subject matter that forms the basis of the guided course of study at level 3
First internal uses drawing to demonstrate understanding of painting conventions.

Term 2
Second internal uses drawing ( includes collage, painting, printmaking )to systematically and sequentially clarify visual ideas. These 2 internals start of the external portfolio

Term 3
Continue developing, re-generating and synthesising visual ideas on panel 2 and 3

Term 4
Continue developing, re-generating and synthesising visual ideas on panel 2 and 3 ready for hand-in end of week 3 term 4.

Learning Areas:

The Creative Arts - Visual Art

Assessment Information

Students sit two internals and one external standard. All work is practical and hands-on. The external standard is a three panel portfolio of art work submitted to NZQA by the due date in Term 4.

Career Pathways

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Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students are required to purchase a set of 10 acrylic paints and a set of brushes. If these were purchased last year and are still viable then they can be replaced as needed.
The 3 panel portfolio of practical art work (external exam equivalent) has a charge of $25.00 as this is the take home component. This covers the cost of the portfolio card, folio tape and double sided tape for sticking down student work.


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.