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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Shade and map images onto 3D models 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242545  Shade and map images onto 3D models 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 04 - Communication Studies and Language Media 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 
The purpose of the learning is to be able to ensure that 3D models have the required shading and texture, and that these along with images mapped onto 3D models create the intended visual message. Shaded and mapped images greatly enhance the aesthetic value of 3D animation, ensuring that the appropriate look and feel (texture) is achieved. This impacts directly on audience satisfaction, and can improve the accessibility of communication messages and information for specific audiences.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Analysing shading, mapping and rendering requirements of production storyboards.
  • Creating image maps from existing sources.
  • Mapping images and textures onto models to meet specific requirements.
  • Evaluating shading and image mapping against production storyboard requirements. 

  • 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:
  • Describe, represent, analyse and explain changes in shape and motion in 2- and 3-dimensional space with justification (NLRD ID 7484).
  • Communication and language (NQF Level 4).
  • Computer literacy. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are provided where relevant with specific outcomes and assessment criteria. Image mapping includes texturing. However, it excludes the technical requirements of rendering. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Analyse shading, mapping and rendering requirements of production storyboards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Recording of analysis processes meets agreed organisational requirements for best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Storyboards are analysed in terms of texturing requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Analysis takes into account animation, style, reference materials and rendering requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reference materials are stylistically appropriate for specific contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Selection of shaders is appropriate for intended effect. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Refractive indices of various surfaces are described in terms of impact on shading. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Choice of shading strategy is justified in terms of subsurface scattering and global illumination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Specular and diffuse colour are differentiated based on scene characteristics and requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Create image maps from existing sources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Texturing and materials are style appropriate for requirements of storyboards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Capturing meets specified quality requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Capturing includes scanning.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Legal requirements are adhered to. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legal requirements include legislation regarding copyright, intellectual property, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant animation principles are adhered to at all times. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Map images and textures onto models to meet specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Effective and appropriate textures are applied. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Texturing and materials are created stylistically and appropriately for specified requirements of the storyboard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Importing of information is done while meeting specified quality requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Mapping is fit for purpose and effective. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Capturing is done according to specified quality requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Capturing includes scanning.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Work is completed in line with given deadlines and time frames. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Efficiency refers to time and costs.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    At all times work is undertaken while adhering to relevant animation principles. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Evaluate shading and image mapping against production storyboard requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Given criteria are accurately identified and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Evaluation includes consultation with all relevant persons and feedback is obtained from all relevant persons. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Improvements are recommended where relevant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Shading and image mapping is optimum for subsequent rendering processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Relevant animation principles are adhered to at all times. 


    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 programs 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:
  • Texturing, shading, mapping and rendering.
  • Production storyboarding.
  • Animation, style, reference materials and rendering requirements.
  • Stylistic characteristics of reference materials.
  • Selection of shaders and intended effect.
  • Refractive indices of various surfaces and impact on shading.
  • Choice of shading strategy, subsurface scattering and global illumination.
  • Specular and diffuse colour, scene characteristics and requirements.
  • Image mapping and capturing.
  • Importing of information and quality requirements.
  • Principles of animation. 

  • 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 when selection of shaders is appropriate for intended effect. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community when evaluation of shading and image mapping includes consultation with all relevant persons. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when importing and capturing of information meets specified quality requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to analyse shading, mapping and rendering requirements of production storyboards and create image maps from existing sources. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when texturing and materials created are stylistically appropriate for specified requirements of the storyboard. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others to map images and textures onto models to meet specific requirements. 

    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 shading and image mapping is optimum for subsequent rendering processes. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Notes to assessors:

    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, 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. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  57607   National Certificate: 3D Animation and Visual Effects  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. South African Film Institute 



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