Level 1 Art Design (L1ADE)


The Level One  Art course is a practical subject that is assessed against the National Certificate of Education (NCEA) with credits contributing towards NCEA. There is a maximum of 15 credits available. Two of the Achievement Standards will be assessed externally and the other one will be internally assessed. The externally assessed Standards are assessed by national examination at the end of the school year.

What will I learn?

This course has a design focus using digital media to make art design outcomes. You will learn how art works are made and the processes involved in their making. In your course you will undertake a range of projects where you will develop skills in a variety of media using a variety of techniques. You will also learn how to communicate your ideas on a selected theme through a sequence of work that will meet Achievement Standard requirements.

What should I have done already?

Year 10 Art is a prerequisite for this course, however, motivated students without this prerequisite will be considered and should discuss the matter with the Head of Art. 

You can only enter into one of the Level 1 Visual Art course. Either Digital Art Design or Art Painting and Photography. Not both. 

Assessment outline


Assessment regulations

It is vital that you read and understand the rules relating to NCEA in the Student Handbook. The following rules are emphasized here:

Assessment and reassessment

During the course of each assignment on-going critical reviews of work will take place. Individual direction and advice will be provided to ensure the best possible chance of achieving the Standard. Re-working of tasks will be suggested to enable you to achieve the Standard. Deadlines will be set for formative assessment. In the event you do not submit work or submit sufficient work for formative assessment you will not be provided with the opportunity to submit work for re- assessment (Summative Assessment) at the end of year.

Late work

Work submitted late for summative (final) assessment will not be marked.

If you have a genuine reason why you are unable to submit work by the due date, then you are able to apply for an extension. This should occur prior to the due date, not after. Approach your subject teacher and make your case. Read the NCEA Student Handbook for more detail.

Authenticity and appeals

These issues are dealt with by the college’s assessment procedures. Read your NCEA Student Handbook for details.

Presentation of work

Visual Diary: An A4 visual diary along with Google slides will be kept as an ongoing document of work. Assignment tasks will be presented in sequential order documenting clearly task requirements.

Portfolio:  A portfolio of work will be presented (usually) in Term Four for external assessment. The portfolio will consist of one A1 panel of work.

NB: All Internal Standard work will be kept by the department until the following year for external departmental moderation purposes.

Where does this course lead?

The course leads on to Level 2 Painting, Level 2 Photography and Level 2 Design, and to tertiary study. If you intend to pursue Painting at Level 2 and 3 you are advised to select the Painting and Photography course.

Indicative costs

A cost of approximately $25 will be incurred for outsourced printing of student portfolios. For all other indicative course costs please see the Course Costs Page.