Level 1 Visual Art

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mx R. Goldstein

This course is about discovering and making artworks. This is a very practical, hands-on course. Students explore combinations of art areas that include drawing, collage, painting, printmaking, and mixed media, and extend their art into three-dimensional work. 

Students follow a programme, but essentially create their own theme and developmental focus. Students are encouraged to be innovative, study artist role models for inspiration, and explore art-making which is relevant to their own interests. 

There are four internal credits and 12 external credits. The external two-panel Art exam is a cumulative display of the year’s work. Students can be offered an optional additional four literacy credits for an artist research assignment if they are not undertaking Digital Art. If a student is completing the Digital Art course, they must sit the exam in this course.

Recommended Prior Learning

To be accepted for this course it is recommended students have taken Visual Art in Year 10.


Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 16 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.

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
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
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
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 12
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 16
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0


Please note that courses will go ahead only if student numbers, staffing, and timetabling allow it.  Where a subject is oversubscribed, and there are insufficient numbers or resources to create an extra class, a ballot system may be applied.  


The Board of Trustees has again asked to opt into the Ministry of Education donation scheme. Doing so resulted in the ability to waive student fee donations. Kaiapoi High School aims to deliver quality educational courses over and above those that which is funded by the Ministry. It is likely the School will opt into the donation scheme for 2023, however parental contribution for the costs of trips and activities where participation is optional, and/or components not covered by the Government grant, may be requested. We appreciate the financial support our families make to the School.