Visual design 11–12

The content endorsed course of visual design provides opportunities for students to use frames to explore visual design, its development and history.

Sample scope and sequence

The sample HSC scope and sequence document (DOCX 83 KB) provides teachers with an overview for programming and assessment in visual design.

Sample assessment schedule

The sample below has been provided to assist in planning for and assessing Stage 6 visual design.

HSC visual design – sample assessment schedule (DOCX 82.2 KB)

Teaching and learning resources

The HSC visual design unit 'Brand it' provides students with opportunities to design and make logos and associated publications. It is informed by a critical and historical study of key graphic designers that link to the units theme. It addresses the NSW stage 6 visual design syllabus module GD1: Publications and Information. This unit encourages students to use a variety of expressive forms in their art making practice and develops students’ knowledge and understanding of visual design in their critical and historical accounts.

This unit can be used as one of the three modules taught in year 12 visual design. Provided is the HSC visual design program, yearly assessment schedule, scope and sequence, practical assessment task and stage 6 visual arts life skills modified assessment tasks for practical work.



The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Visual Design Stage 6 Syllabus (2000) contains the syllabus and helpful materials including a sample assessment schedule, HSC advice, specimen exams, HSC marking guidelines, standards materials, past papers additional support information.


  • Stage 6
  • Teaching and learning

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