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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Design creative elements with digital photographic images 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117548  Design creative elements with digital photographic images 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Communication Studies 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard requires learners to be able to evaluate requirements, evaluate the processes, assess the technical feasibility of the creative elements, design creative elements using digital photographic images against given specification, usually in the form of a brief from a client. Learners generally work in the Interactive Media industry as digital designers. Competence to design creative elements with digital photographic images is desired in the media field, thereby meeting the needs of industry whilst simultaneously empowering the learner
  • Credited learners are capable of:
  • Selecting strategies for using digital photographic images
  • Selecting components of photographic images
  • Creating digital photographic image special effects
  • Assembling elements of digital photographic images
  • Ensuring quality of digital photographic images 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credits and level assigned to this unit standard is based on the assumption that learners have already attained the following competencies:
  • Language and communication at NQF Level 4
  • Mathematic literacy at NQF Level 4
  • Scientific measurements and description of,- colours, resolution, and light
  • Produce a presentation using basic functions at NQF Level 2
  • Produce computer spreadsheets using basic functions at NQF Level 2
  • Produce word processing documents using basic functions at NQF Level 2
  • Operate a personal computer system, at NQF Level 2
  • Operate personal computer peripherals, at NQF Level 2
  • Use personal computer operating system, at NQF Level 2 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The range of this Unit Standard is evident from the Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria above 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Select strategies for using photographic images. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Design requirements are identified against given specification, accurately 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Photographic image requirements of design are determined creatively 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Copyright of photographic images to be used are identified accurately 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Copyright issues are complied with in an appropriate manner 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Select photographic images. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Non digital photographic images are selected in an appropriate manner 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Photographic images are scanned using relevant software and hardware 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Digital photographic images are identified from relevant sources 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Digitised photographic images are filed and stored securely 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Create digital photographic image special effects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Digital photographic image special effects requirements are determined against given specifications 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant software applications are used to create special effects accurately 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Special effects are tested against given specifications 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Digital photographic image special effects are applied to designs against given specifications 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Designs are filed and stored securely and in appropriate manner 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Assemble elements of digital photographic images. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Elements of digital photographic images are assembled to create design elements to given specifications creatively 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant software is used to manipulate and develop designs creatively 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Digital photographic images are completed within time frames as per given specifications accurately 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Final images are presented to decision makers for approval in appropriate manner 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Required amendments are applied to design accurately 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Digital photographic images are filed and stored accurately 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Ensure quality of digital photographic images. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Quality criteria appropriate to the production requirements are determined accurately 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Final digital photographic images and designs are tested against quality criteria 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Changes to digital photographic images and designs are applied where images do not comply with quality criteria in an appropriate manner 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Digital photographic images and designs are filed and stored securely and in an appropriate manner 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programmes that result in the outcomes specified for this unit standard.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • Requirements of given specifications
  • Effective communication techniques, including presentation skills, active listening, questioning and non-verbal communication
  • Requirements for working in a team
  • Planning processes, including mapping and sequencing of events, controlling required resources and planning for contingencies
  • Quality control criteria
  • Technical feasibility processes
  • Copyright issues pertaining to photographic images
  • The computer industry and new available software and hardware.
  • Work related/industry specific trends and developments. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems where responses to problems show that such critical and creative thinking has been used to make responsible decisions in designing digital photographic images. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community when selecting photographic images for design purposes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when designing digital photographic images. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when selecting photographic images for design purposes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when presenting designs to decision makers. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when designing digital photographic images. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when working in the digital design environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the learner is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the learner can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49121   National Certificate: Interactive Media  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Fundamental  57607   National Certificate: 3D Animation and Visual Effects  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Elective  58978   National Certificate: Journalism  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Artshub Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    2. ATTI Nelspruit Pty Ltd 
    3. Falcon Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    4. Institute for the Advancement of Journalism 
    5. Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer Studies 
    6. South African Film Institute 



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