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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Higher Certificate in Photography|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|91875||Higher Certificate in Photography|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|CHE - Council on Higher Education||HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Higher Certificate||Field 02 - Culture and Arts||Film, Television and Video|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||130||Not Applicable||NQF Level 05||Regular-Provider-ELOAC|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
The one-year intensive training Higher Certificate in Photography provides learners with the technical and digital skills and conceptual and professional competence to cope with the demands in the photographic industry.
The qualification equips the learner with the ability to:
Digital photography has made photography more accessible to the general public than ever before. It has also made photography easier and cheaper for the end user which has resulted in more people being exposed to photography on an amateur level. This has increased the possibility for an individual to consider his current interest in photography as a possible means of creating an income.
In addition, the move to digital photography in the professional market has shifted a number of the post-production responsibilities, which were previously handled by the photo laboratories or reproduction agencies, to the professional photographer. This has created more work for professional photographers, which has, in turn, resulted in these photographers needing more assistants to help with the bigger workload. Photographs are also gaining more recognition in the decorative and interior design fields.
All these changes have created a demand for a photography qualification that is commercially orientated and that will provide the learner with a good foundation in photography and its related areas. This qualification will equip the learner with the necessary skills to enter the photographic arena either as an assistant or as an entrepreneur.
Areas of photography for which the learner will be equipped include, amongst others, weddings, functions, sports events, web-based images, picture libraries, news, portraits, fashion and food.
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|It is assumed that the learner enrolling for this qualification is competent in the language of instruction of the institution (English) and the general theoretical, practical, and academic knowledge accomplished at NQF Level 4.
The prospective learner must be able to express him/herself clearly and correctly in both verbal and written English.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
RPL is applied for learners who do not have the formal academic achievement to gain access to a particular qualification, but with proven expertise and competency will be considered. Candidates may apply for exemption from certain modules on grounds of prior qualifications or relevant study.
Access to the Qualification:
The qualification is open to any learner in possession of one of the following:
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|The minimum number of credits required for this qualification is 130. All seven modules are at NQF Level 5 and are compulsory.
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Explain the origin and historical development of photography.
2. Describe the work environment of a professional photographer.
3. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the photographic milieu and the use of creative literacy in the context of photography.
4. Apply knowledge of different areas of photography in an integrated manner.
5. Apply photography briefs and application of digital media techniques.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the various areas of commercial photography.
Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:
This qualification allows all the Critical Cross-Field Outcomes to be addressed.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 4:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 5:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 6:
> Range: Sentiment/romanticism/clichés, tensions, presentations, elemental shape/form, colour/black and white, tone detail, technical, lighting, vantage point, perspective, scale, content, relevance, symbolism, physical depicting, relationships, photographer-subject and image-photographer.
Formative assessment is conducted throughout the duration of the qualification as a mechanism to monitor learning progress, identify areas for remedial intervention, or guidance to individual learners towards further learning. This is complemented by summative assessment in a form of an examination to evaluate competence in achieving all outcomes on completion of the qualification.
|The qualification was compared with qualifications from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Comparison focused on aspects that are vital in such a qualification, namely content and duration.
The Interactive Design Institute offers a Certificate of Higher Education in Photography. This qualification consists of core and elective modules.
The Griffith College in Dublin offers a Certificate in Photography (HETAC). This qualification is offered on a one year full-time basis. The Irish Certificate has the same focus as does the Academy's Higher Certificate in Photography. The duration and most of the modules are the same.
The Academy's Higher Certificate in Photography compares favourably with the Higher Certificate Photography indicated above in terms of duration, level, modules and module outcomes. It covers areas which include the technical use of digital photographic equipment so that learners may showcase new skills and photography production techniques.
|The qualification articulates horizontally with similar qualifications at NQF Level 5, such as:
The qualification articulates vertically with similar qualifications at NQF Level 6, such as:
|CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS|
|For an applicant to register as an Assessor for this qualification, they should:
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
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