NCEA Level 3 Visual Art

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr G. Arnold

Qualification: Contributes to NCEA Level 3

Course Description: Students will:

  • Plan a course of 20-22 credits from the available standards below.  Students may complete all assessments.
  • Select a theme of personal interest and relevance and draw influence and inspiration from selected NZ and/or International artists of note.
  • Prepare a two panel portfolio at Level 2 or 3 panels at Level 3 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.
  • Develop skills in composition, drawing and painting.
  • Develop skills in identifying features in the works of New Zealand and International artists of different periods.
  • Study different New Zealand and International art movements from different eras and describe visual elements and motifs of each and incorporate them into the student’s own work


Entry Requirements;

  • Preference given to students who have successfully completed L1 Visual Art
  • L2 Painting is a pre-requisite for a 3 panel L3 Painting course
  • Students will have ideally taken either digital or visual art as a year 10 option.


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


Vocational Pathways: Assessments contribute to these vocational pathways: Service Industries and 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. 91441 v2 Painting 3.1 - Analyse methods and ideas from established painting practice
4r *
A.S. 91451 v2 Painting 3.3 - Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established painting practice
A.S. 91456 v2 Painting 3.4 - Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within painting practice
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 22

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 22 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.