NCEA Level 1 Visual Art

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr G. Arnold

Qualification: Contributes to NCEA Level 1


Course Description: Students will:

  • Plan a course of 16-20 credits.
  • Prepare a two panel portfolio of their own artwork to submit for the external Achievement Standard.
  • Prepare one workbook of original drawings for internal assessment.
  • Develop composition skills so that they can compose original pieces of artwork on their own and as a collaborative effort.
  • Develop skills in composition, drawing and painting.
  • Develop skills in identifying features in the works of New Zealand artists of different periods.
  • Study different New Zealand art movements from different eras and describe visual elements and motifs of each.


Entry Requirements:

  • Students will have successfully completed Year 9 Core Art.
  • Students will have ideally taken either digital or visual art as a year 10 option.


This course leads to: NCEA Level 2, NCEA Level 3, Tertiary studies.


Vocational Pathways: Creative Industries


Cost:      Standard NZQA fees apply only and any costs for extracurricular activities such as gallery trip attendance.  There is a $25 course charge to cover workbook and portfolio expenses.  Students will need to have their own graphic materials.  Having access to on-line resources will be an advantage. 


Credit Information
Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90914 v3 Visual Arts 1.2 - Use drawing methods and skills for recording information using wet and dry media
A.S. 90916 v3 Visual Arts 1.4 - Produce a body of work informed by established practice, which develops ideas, using a range of media
A.S. 90917 v3 Visual Arts 1.5 - Produce a finished work that demonstrates skills appropriate to cultural conventions
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.