Design and Visual Communication focuses on communicating ideas and precise information through drawing. Through graphic communication, students give directions to others, plan a procedure or system of operation, exactly describe a mechanism, or realistically portray the shape and form of any object.

At senior levels the course is assessed against NCEA Achievement Standards by the use of design briefs based on realistic and thought-provoking design problems. The increased emphasis on creativity and individual choice provided by the course objectives and by the flexibility of design briefs will allow each student to develop individual, innovative solutions. Using graphics the student will develop, record, and communicate these solutions in a variety of ways. Studying graphics in this context develops understanding, sharpens perceptions of design, and creates awareness, of the environment and of society's needs.

In today's society, communication and design in its many forms are vital factors. Design and Visual Communication helps to meet needs of a modern technological society by combining the important educational aspects of graphic communication and creative problem solving. Design and Visual Communication is an international language and has its own standards, principles, and practices. Design and Visual Communication is directly related to the dramatic technological developments that have occurred in such fields as electronic data processing, computer-aided design and drawing, media advertising, and telecommunications.

Design and Visual Communication involves a rich variety of learning experiences leading to a wide range of career opportunities.