Graphics - use of computer software in Graphics external assessment

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Teachers need to be aware that presenting material that is computer generated should not detract from the candidate's graphics communication. The submitted material should contain evidence of the candidate's thinking, their ideas and their graphics skills and knowledge.

The assessment specifications for each level provide the following guidance (Note information in italics is for further clarification).

Level 1

AS91063 Produce freehand sketches that communicate design ideas

Candidates will need to demonstrate that they can produce freehand sketches to communicate design ideas.

Evidence for this achievement standard must be in the form of freehand sketching.

Explanatory note 3 states that communication of ideas must be unassisted by the use of instruments. Therefore any assistance of electronic technologies to produce the sketch will not provide evidence for this standard.

Digitally generated or enhanced imaging is not considered to be freehand sketching.

AS91064 Produce instrumental, multi-view orthographic drawings that communicate technical features of design ideas

Instrumental drawings may include computer-generated drawings. If candidates wish to submit computer-generated drawings, they must include evidence of the design thinking/work that has lead to these drawings.

Computer aided drawings are acceptable for this standard; however correct conventions (eg NZS/AS 1100.100:1992 Technical Drawing – General Principles) and projection lines must be shown and the evidence must be in response to a design brief. 

AS91065 Produce instrumental paraline drawings to communicate design ideas

Instrumental drawings may include computer-generated drawings. If candidates wish to submit computer-generated drawings, they must include evidence of the design thinking/work that has lead to these drawings. 

Level 2

AS90318 Produce two-dimensional and three-dimensional annotated freehand sketches to show design ideas

Evidence must be in the form of freehand sketching. Digitally generated and enhanced imaging cannot be used.

Evidence for this achievement standard must be in the form of freehand sketching. Drawings that have been instrumentally constructed or guided will not be accepted as evidence. Similarly, digitally enhanced imaging is not considered to be freehand sketching.

AS90319 Produce two-dimensional instrumental drawings

For Achievement Standards 90319 and 90320 instrumental drawings may include computer-generated drawings. (If candidates wish to submit computer-generated drawings, they must include evidence of the design thinking/work that has led to these drawings.)

AS90320 Produce three-dimensional instrumental drawings

For Achievement Standards 90319 and 90320 instrumental drawings may include computer-generated drawings. (If candidates wish to submit computer-generated drawings, they must include evidence of the design thinking/work that has led to these drawings.)

If a computer is used to generate isometric projection drawings the isometric scale must be shown to be used as a step to construct the solutions.

If a computer is used to generate a perspective projection drawing, the steps for projecting the solution must be shown (i.e. plan for widths, elevation for heights, vanishing points, picture plane, height line and projection lines.

Computer generated drawings can also be submitted in support of hand drawn three dimensional instrumental drawings.

Level 3 and Scholarship

Instrumental drawings may include computer-generated drawings. If the candidate wishes to submit computer-generated drawings, they must include evidence of the design brief and their design thinking.

Digital media will need to be submitted in a PDF, Powerpoint, HTML or QuickTime format on CD-R or DVD.

Candidates may use any digital method to produce evidence for AS90734 and AS90735 or Scholarship to produce evidence. However, the format for digital submission for external assessment purposes must be in the form of those specified in the assessment specifications.

Last updated 11 April 2011

 
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