Design and Visual Communication (DVC) students learn about and apply drawing techniques and design practice to communicate their design ideas. They often work on 'real life' projects that develop problem-solving skills.
What you learn in Design and Visual Communication at school is directly applicable to a wide range of jobs, from CAD drafting to web design, geospatial analysis, engineering, product development, urban planning and surveying.
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What is Design and Visual Communication?
The Technology curriculum is often taught as a number of different subjects, but there are core elements that are common to all. These include the key concept of 'intervention by design' and exploring the 'what', 'why' and 'how' of the process by which humans make things and shape their environment.
Design and Visual Communication is the modern replacement for Graphics and Technical Drawing subjects.
The Design and Visual Communication components of the Technology curriculum are:
Why should I take Design and Visual Communication at school?
Studying Design and Visual Communication is good preparation for tertiary study in CAD drafting, engineering, surveying and web design, as well as for many graphics and design-based jobs, but it is not generally required for entry into these courses.
You'll need Maths (especially Calculus and Algebra) and Physics to get into engineering courses. English is another good subject to take, as you'll always need to be able to communicate with clients and work in teams.
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