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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conceive, develop and realise exhibition designs 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117522  Conceive, develop and realise exhibition designs 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Art, Craft & Design 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Visual Arts 
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 
Learners credited with this unit standard are able to undertake the complete exhibition design process, from initial conception of ideas to the final realisation of the design. This standard is focused on physical exhibition design. The unit standard contributes to the learning of those who want to develop a career path in the Art, Craft and Design sector, and contributes to greater levels of production and quality in this industry.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Interpret a brief or client specification.
  • Conduct and evaluate research for the design process.
  • Generate and assess the ideas
  • Develop and document the design
  • Communicate design ideas and make amendments
  • Liaise with others to implement exhibition 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication, NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following statements provide a general guide to the scope and complexity of the competence expected of the learner:
  • Exhibition requirements may include displays, interactive elements, furniture and furnishings, props, backdrops, special effects, murals and full-scale environments.
  • Appropriate stakeholders may include other designers, curators, conservator, construction specialists or other specialists.
  • Relevant factors which determine and affect the design may include overall exhibition concept exhibition duration, resources, space / venue specifications or restrictions, available technologies, timelines, regulations or needs of other involved in the exhibition. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Interpret the brief or client specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The brief or client specifications is analysed to determine overall exhibition concepts, accurately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Preliminary concepts meetings with relevant stakeholders are held in to discuss exhibition requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant factors are identified, which may determine and affect the design, 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The role of the designer is discussed in the overall exhibition development and agreed upon. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Conduct and evaluate research for the design process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    References are identified and sourced which may inform the design process 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Sources and references in the context of the current design project are critically analysed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The impacts and potential of new and emerging technologies are considered which may inform the design 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Materials are collected, collated and adapted which aid in developing initial design concepts 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Generate and assess ideas. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A range of ideas is generated for the design, which respond sympathetically to the brief or client specification and provide creative solutions to technical issues. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ideas are discussed and brainstormed with relevant stakeholders to ensure contribution of ideas to the initial concept. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ideas for implications on cost and time, technical feasibility, and suitability to meet the brief were continuously reflected on and appraised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Ideas demonstrate effective use of materials. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Develop and document the design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ongoing discussions are held with relevant stakeholders so that additional or changed requirements and new ideas are considered and incorporated during the development of the design. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Agreements are reached with relevant stakeholders in relation to consistent artistic interpretation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Initial concepts are evaluated, and the most appropriate approach is selected, with considerations to the budget. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Exhibition designs are developed from the initial concepts ensuring consistency with the exhibition concept. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Research findings are incorporated; ideas are technically feasible and awareness of parameters and resource constraints is shown.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Testing and experimentation with selected exhibition design are organised or undertaken, appropriately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Records of the design are developed which are accurate and include all relevant information. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Communicate design ideas and make amendments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Draft exhibition plans and specifications are presented to relevant stakeholders in an appropriate format 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The presented design is evaluated continuously 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Modifications to the design are negotiated and agreement attained, using good communication techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The final design is agreed to and accurate and documentation to support implementation are produced which is comprehensive 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The final designs, plans and specifications are presented to all relevant stakeholders 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Production requirements are met effectively. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Liaise with others to implement exhibition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Stakeholders are regularly and appropriately briefed to ensure that all exhibition production requirements are met, quality standards are adhered to and work is undertaken within item, budget and technical constraints. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ongoing production meetings are held and the exhibition design is evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Design modifications are agreed with, noted and acted upon in an appropriate manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Design changes are communicated to relevant stakeholders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Documentation and records are updated according to organisational requirements. 


    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 
  • Design techniques
  • History and theory of design in relation to spatial design.
  • Copyright, cultural relevance and intellectual property issues and legislation and their relevance to spatial design.
  • Literacy skills sufficient to interpret a brief and to communicate design ideas.
  • Numeracy skills sufficient to calculate quantities, costs and proportions.
  • Techniques, materials, tools and equipment and their application to different areas of spatial design.
  • Formal elements and principles of design in relation to spatial design.
  • Costing and budgeting techniques for exhibition design.
  • The behaviour of various materials finishes, painting techniques and colours under lighting. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Employ self-management when ideas for implications on cost and time, technical feasibility, and suitability to meet the brief are continuously reflected on and appraised.
  • Manage information when any required documentation and record and file according to organisational requirements are updated. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when exhibition designs are developed from the initial concepts ensuring consistency with the exhibition concept; research findings were incorporated; ideas were technically feasible and demonstrate awareness of parameters and resource constraints; and that the ideas demonstrate effective use of materials. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when draft exhibition plans and specifications to relevant colleagues in an appropriate format are presented. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when liaising with relevant personnel to ensure that all exhibition production requirements are met, quality standards are adhered to and work is undertaken within item, budget and technical constraints. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
  • Demonstrate scientific and technological competence when the impact and potential of new and emerging technologies to inform the design are considered.
  • Understand contextual world systems when relevant factors, which may determine and affect the design, are identified. 

  • 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 
    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  49119   National Certificate: Craft Operational Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  61349   National Certificate: Heritage Resource Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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.
     
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