Qualifications and standards

Review of Generic Design Unit Standards 2018

Open for Consultation 14-30 November 2018

NZQA National Qualifications Services invites feedback on 10 reviewed unit standards in the Generic Design domain.

These standards are being reviewed to maintain their currency for those providers that wish to use them. This review has been informed by moderation feedback and feedback from primary users of the standards.

The key changes proposed are:

  • Expiry of standard 15720, Write a design brief, due to lack of usage.
  • Change from Level 5 to Level 4, for standard 15732, Develop design solutions, as the content better aligns with the proposed level.
  • Some wording has been amended to make the standards more flexible to suit a wider audience and to clarify intent.
  • Terminology changes to reflect the new template, where Explanatory notes are renamed Guidance information, and Evidence requirements become Performance criteria.

Important note: These draft standards are for consultation purposes only. No assessment can occur against these standards until the listed versions are published.

Unit standard details

Level 4




2100 (PDF, 127KB)


Obtain client approval for design solutions

7484 (PDF, 124KB)


Produce and deliver a multi-media presentation

7497 (PDF, 102KB)


Write a design brief and specifications

7518 (PDF, 110KB)


Produce promotional and marketing graphics

7520 (PDF, 102KB)


Develop a graphic image to promote a product or service

15726 (PDF, 125KB)


Gather and interpret research information on a design project brief

15730 (PDF, 124KB)


Produce conceptual design ideas

15731 (PDF, 126KB)


Select materials and processes for design projects


Level 5






Write a design brief (Proposed to be expired)

15732 (PDF, 127KB)


Develop design solutions


We invite comment on any aspect of these reviewed standards. Please send your responses to nqs@nzqa.govt.nz by the closing date.

The feedback will be used to further develop the standards to ensure that they meet the needs of the sector.

Thank you in advance for your help. We look forward to hearing from you.

Generic Design consultation network

The email consultation network will receive updates on progress as available and be given opportunity to comment on issues and drafts of the unit standards prior to and after national consultation. Review panelists will also be part of the consultation network.

To join the email consultation network please email nqs@nzqa.govt.nz.


For further information on the review, email nqs@nzqa.govt.nz.

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