Design Graphics and Technology

Design Technology & Graphics T/A

Students undertaking this course can study any or all of the three streams. Architecture can be studied as a major or minor, Graphic Design as a major or minor and CAD as a minor only. Any of the streams can combine to form a major, major minor or double major.


Architecture (T/A)

Architecture 1 – (Architecture Foundation a) (0·5)

This unit is designed to introduce students to architectural design standards, concepts, specifications, domestic applications of energy efficiency concepts, the design process, design briefs, Australian drawing standards, presentation and layout methods. Students will be introduced to industry standard Architectural software (Autodesk Revit Architecture) and will build 3 dimensional solutions to introductory exercises.

Architecture 2 – (Architecture Applications) (1·0)

Students will further develop their design and building information modeling (BIM) skills and investigate different architectural styles while working through a range of design problems. Students will investigate site planning and energy consumption in buildings of various functions. Students will investigate the impact of social demographics and changing human needs in communities, innovation in building materials and processes and economic considerations in building design and construction. Students will develop lighting and rendering skills to be able to colour print their work for display and portfolio.

Architecture 3 – (Architecture Foundation b) (0·5)

This unit provides an opportunity for students to be more self-directed and to physically construct architectural models, produce drawing sets and high quality renderings of their own solutions to an architectural design problem. The theoretical focus will be on developing a deeper knowledge and understanding of contemporary social and cultural aspects involved in the study of architecture and of innovative building materials and processes.

Architecture 4 – (Architecture Advanced a) (0·5)

This unit is designed to introduce students to concepts involved in large scale architectural and town planning principles, energy distribution, housing developments, retail outlets, cultural facilities, public space, recreation facilities, transport, airports, and environmental protection.  Students will build 3 dimensional solutions to design problems in medium and large scale design projects such as apartment developments, institutional, commercial, cultural buildings, or suburban or small town redevelopment.

Architecture 5 – (Architecture Major Project) (1·0)

Students will be given the opportunity to negotiate and design and construct their own major project that allows them to demonstrate the full range of skills and knowledge developed over the previous 4 terms of study and to work in-depth in a field of architecture that is of particular interest to them. Non-linear and organic design solutions will be encouraged through conceptual massing techniques. Advanced lighting and rendering techniques will be used to produce exceptional quality graphic displays of student design work.

Architecture 6 – (Architecture Advanced b) (0·5)

This unit provides an opportunity for students and teacher to negotiate a program that covers topics of special interest from advanced Revit modelling and rendering techniques to traditional pictorial drawing and water colour painting of architectural designs. The theoretical focus will be on developing an insight into futuristic trends and concepts involved in the study of architecture and of innovative building materials and processes.


Computer Aided Design and Drafting or CADD at Narrabundah College focuses on developing fundamental design theory and software skills over the course of a single year. The course place special attention on application of new technology, such as 3D printing and scanning, and industry standard software such as Autodesk AutoCAD, Fusion 360 and Rhino.


This unit introduces students to the design process; computer based 3D parametric modelling, materials and problem solving using concept development, converting 3 dimensional models to 2d engineering and technical representation and the application of Australian standards in drawing production. The software used is called Rhino4.0, Autodesk AutoCAD and Fusion 360 is a worldwide industry leading application. Three 3D printers are available for student use. (0·5)


This unit provides for a study of 2D and 3D Computer Aided Design and Drawing processes and techniques and covers a range of industry standard CAD applications while focusing on design and development of technological systems. Students will develop complex layout and engineering drawing principles and develop photo - realistic rendering methods and techniques to present their work in a modern context including 3D printing. Three 3D printers are available for student use. (1·0)