Garin College Garin College

Level 2 Materials and Design Technology

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: S. Anderson.

Entry Guidelines

The best preparation for this course is to study an NCEA Level 1 Technology and achieve 9 or more credits. Entry without meeting this can be discussed with the Teacher in Charge or Head of Faculty

Materials and Design Technology is a practical subject that focuses on designing, making and evaluating projects using a range of materials, tools and processes. 

Students will gain workshop skills through the use of tools and materials to make projects. Projects are designed, made and evaluated to a brief.  Emphasis is placed on design, drawings, problem-solving, hand skills, craftsmanship, finishing and evaluation of finished work.

Students make practical workshop projects in materials (wood, metal, plastic, etc.) using processes (marking out, cutting, machining, shaping, jointing, casting, finishing etc.) to achieve a final product. Students need to keep detailed records (written and supported by photos) of their project development to show evidence of testing, research, critical thinking and evaluations.

Alternative Standard

A.S. 91337 v3 Design and Visual Communication 2.30 - Use visual communication techniques to generate design ideas - 3 credits, external

This standard could be taken as an alternative to one of the internals listed below, with consultation with the teacher. This would make the course eligible for endorsement.




Level 3 Materials and Design Technology

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$110 for materials. Additional cost may be incurred with complex projects.


An individual course will only run if sufficient students are accepted into the course.

All approvals for courses through this system are subject to satisfactory achievement in remaining internal standards and external examinations. Course Confirmation Day will run at the start of next year, where final approval for each course will be confirmed.