78 English/Art

NCEA Level(s)

Course aims / learning outcomes

  • This course will provide students with opportunities to develop and improve their digital art skills, while using a text study as the main context. This will involve gaining experience using industry-level design software, and following specific instructions in completing design briefs.

Course content

  •  Students will engage in a long-term text study, and then develop a concept for a graphic novelisation across the year. Typical outcomes will include product design, logo design, character design, with the opportunity to further these. An in-depth text study will provide students with English knowledge, and the opportunity to gain English credits.

Assessment statement

  •  NCEA opportunities in this course will be available in English and Visual Arts. The course content will provide opportunities for assessments in both learning areas, while working in the same year-long context. 

Typically, students should aim to complete one internal assessment per term, as well as an art portfolio at the end of the year, which is assessed externally. Assessment work is completed both in class and out-of-class time. The portfolio requires students to develop a significant body of work across the whole year, and so this will only be available to students who are in the course for the whole year. 

Students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Level 2, and Level 3 English standards. Students will be able to negotiate with the LA, which assessments they wish to complete.

Up to 22 Visual Arts credits will be on offer for a student who completes the available internals, and who also completes the art portfolio. If a student completes one English assessment per term, they should have access to upwards of 12 credits.


A range of procedures to ensure authenticity of student work, these may include: 

  • all plans, notes, drafts, and work-in-progress are shared with and monitored by the Learning Advisor while work is being developed
  • milestone points (checks) throughout the task
  • completing work in class
  • oral questioning to confirm a student’s understanding
  • signed student authentication on completion of a task – i.e. candidates work is sighted, dated and signed in progress by the classroom teacher.

Appeal Procedures

  • Students have the right to appeal the mark they have been awarded. If a student wishes to appeal a grade, they should initially talk to the subject learning advisor about the marking process immediately after the marked assessment task is shown to them. If still dissatisfied the student should make an appointment and discuss grades with the Principal’s Nominee who will check that the correct procedures have been followed as outlined in the school and subject policies taking into account any special circumstances..


Table of Assessments

NumberNameCredit valueInternal or ExternalLiteracy Numeracy UE Reading/WritingWhenReassessment opportunityType of assessment
AS91320Produce a systematic body of work that shows understanding of art making conventions and ideas within design    12ExternalNoAllNoPortfolio
AS91455Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within design practice14ExternalNoAllNoPortfolio
AS91103Create a crafted and controlled visual and verbal text3InternalNoTerm 1YesVisual text
AS91477 Create and deliver a fluent and coherent visual text which develops, sustains, and structures ideas using verbal and visual language3InternalNoTerm 1YesVisual text
AS91315Develop ideas in a related series of drawings appropriate to established design practice4InternalNoTerm 1NoDesign work
AS91445Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to design4InternalNoTerms 1 and 2NoDesign work
AS91450Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established design practice4InternalNoTerms 1 and 2NoDesign work