Assessment Specifications

Level 3 Design and Visual Communication 2019

General information

Domain

Design and Visual Communication

Mode of Assessment

Portfolio Submission

Submission date

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Standards

91627  91631

Format of the assessment

These assessment specifications are to be read in conjunction with the relevant achievement standards.

Separate panels will assess each standard.

Assessment will be in the form of a portfolio for each standard. Candidates should submit a portfolio of material that conveys the design requirements of the externally assessed achievement standards, and communicates the candidate’s knowledge, understanding, and skills relevant to the external design and visual communication standards. Evidence may be drawn from one or more units of work and used for assessment against more than one achievement standard.

For each standard, a candidate may submit a portfolio of work using a variety of media in any form, and up to a maximum size of A3 (297 × 420 mm). Larger pages must be folded to A3 size.

Where mock-ups, prototypes, and models have been used, photographic evidence of these may assist in the assessment.

The following presentation formats are recommended for 2019

  • A3 pages
  • visual diaries, if used, to be limited to one; however, high-quality photocopies or photographs of these pages are preferable
  • digital submissions are to be in a PDF, PowerPoint, HTML, or QuickTime format
  • digital submissions for 91627 can be submitted only on CD-ROM. Digital submissions for other standards can be submitted either on CD-ROM or using NZQA’s submitted subjects’ online system. Schools are required to store securely a backup copy (or originals) of all digital submissions.  Schools are required to virus-check digital submitted material.

The following are NOT acceptable in 2019:

  • submission material contained in clear files
  • laminated pages
  • additional packaging, e.g. boxes or framed design work
  • models – only photographs are to be submitted.
  • submissions submitted electronically on USB flash drives or MP3 players.

Original or high-quality photocopies

Original copies or high-quality photocopies should be presented for assessment.

Writer assistance

Writer assistance is excluded from all external achievement standards. This is due to the nature of drawing and design and visual communication. Any queries regarding this must be addressed to NZQA through the Principal’s Nominee.

Authenticity

Candidates must provide material that is their own work and that demonstrates their own ability for assessment purposes.

For all work submitted as either hard copy or on CD-ROM, candidates are required to validate their own work by signing an authenticity declaration as part of the assessment schedule, which will be sent to schools by NZQA in the October mail-out.

For all work digitally submitted via NZQA’s online system, it will be assumed by a candidate’s submission that their work is authentic.  If a teacher has formed an opinion that the work of a candidate is notauthentic, then the teacher can download and complete the Possible Authenticity Breach Form. The link to this form can be found in the DVC submission instructions document which will be on the DVC subject page during Term 3.

Special note

Candidates who are entered for Scholarship as well as Level 3 must read the Scholarship Design and Visual Communication assessment specifications 2019.

Specific information for individual external achievement standards

Standard

91627

Title

Initiate design ideas through exploration

Version

3

Number of credits

4

Special notes

The candidate's portfolio should not exceed 35 A3 pages for this standard.

Candidates may use any computer applications – for example, Adobe Photoshop, Vectorworks, Google Sketchup, and Flash animations to produce evidence for this standard.

The evidence for this achievement standard can be integrated with any of the internal achievement standards or presented as a separate unit.

For this achievement standard, candidates will need to demonstrate that they can use a starting experience to generate ideas in the broadest sense, and through the use of visual communication strategies, transform these ideas in a way that enables the formation of design ideas.

The visual communication strategies can be expressed through any visual mode (including 2D, 3D, and 4D) such as sketching, drawing, modeling, or animation, and can be done by either manual or digital means. While a single mode of visual communication may suffice, it is recommended that more than one be used to increase the opportunities for extending idea exploration.



Standard

91631

Title

Produce working drawings to communicate production details for a complex design

Version

3

Number of credits

6

Special notes

The candidate’s portfolio should not exceed 15 A3 pages for this standard.

For this standard, any computer applications used should primarily be those appropriate for the production of working drawings – for example, Vectorworks, Solidworks, Archicad, Revit, etc, though animations can be used as supporting evidence. 

The evidence for this achievement standard can be integrated with any of the internal achievement standards or presented as a separate unit based on a design idea that requires interpretation in terms of design details.

For this achievement standard, candidates will need to demonstrate that they can produce a set of related drawings that can utilise 2D and 3D modes, instrumentally constructed/modelled using either traditional drafting equipment or computer applications. Digital animations can also be used to support the related drawings, to aid the communication of exterior and interior information related to the construction and assembly of a multi-component design.

In this context, the production of working drawings is for the purposes of communicating the design details of a spatial design, or product design to a level that will allow its manufacture or construction. Depending on the complexity and scale of the design, this is not necessarily expected to be done to a comprehensive extent, provided there is a suitable level of detailing shown for a key aspect of the design.

Evidence for this standard should involve the selecting of views and modes informed by accepted design and visual communication practice and convention as suitable to the design context, in generating a set of related drawings that communicates details for the assembly and/or construction of the design.

Management of external assessment

Refer to DVC submission instructions, which will be on the DVC subject page during Term 3.

 

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