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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Commission a television programme 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12611  Commission a television programme 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Audio-visual Media Production 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 
People credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Evaluate proposals
  • Negotiate production budget
  • Negotiate a production contract 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit value is based on the assumption that people starting to learn towards this unit standard are already competent in:
  • Reading and writing at NQF level 5
  • Computer literate at NQF level 4
  • The production processes 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard will be useful to people who work in the audio-visual production industry and are responsible for commissioning programmes for a television channel.

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Evaluate proposals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Proposals adhere to the specifications of the brief. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Genre, duration, number of episodes, editorial brief and budget
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Concepts / scripts / treatments are appealing to target market, fall within budget limits, have no copyright implications and include diverse cultures (where applicable). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Proposal are original, innovative and new. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The writer/producer has an understanding and knowledge of structure, the use of dialogue, characterisation and can effectively use it. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The writer/producer has an understanding of educational methodology (where applicable). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. A short-list is draw up of all the proposals, production companies and contact numbers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Interviews with short-listed production companies and/or writers are conducted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Evaluate unsolicited proposals to assess if content and presentation are of such quality that they surpass proposals submitted in response to briefs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    9. The potential for foreign interest is evaluated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Negotiate production budget. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The production budget is proportionate to the scale and logistics of the project. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The production budget yields the required production values. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. If the project budget exceeds the available budget, the decision is taken on whether the production values offered will increase the viewership and the revenue, and are therefore justified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Exposure is negotiated and agreed with stakeholders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The budget for the project is negotiated and agreed upon with management. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Negotiate a production contract. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The contract contains all the necessary detail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The terms of the contract are satisfactory to all parties. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legal, all stakeholders and Producer
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Roles in a drama that will be seen as principal cast for repeat purposes are identified, discussed and agreed with the producer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The contract contains all the additional requirements and detail pertaining to the production and the delivery thereof. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The contract is acceptable to all parties. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation Options:
    Providers of learning towards this unit standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the MAPPP-SETA's ETQA.

    Moderation Option:
    The moderation requirements of MAPPP-SETA's ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Negotiation principles
  • Budgeting process for the company
  • Understanding contracts
  • Channels mandate and policies
  • Understanding scripts 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking to find solutions to budget and contract problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others (clients and colleagues) as a member of a team, group, organisation to achieve the production requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively to complete work operations within deadlines. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate proposals for suitability. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively (with clients and colleagues), using visual and / or language skills in the modes of oral and / or written presentations when negotiating. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology (budget software programmes) effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment (venue) and health of others (client and colleagues). 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding that commissioning is a set of related systems and that problem-solving do not exist in isolation. 

    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 candidate 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 candidate 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. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58394   National Certificate: Film and Television Production  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. Aviwe Business Development and 
    2. BDCE (Pty) Ltd 
    3. Big Fish 
    4. BLC Entertainment 
    5. CREATIVE ARTS COLLEGE 
    6. Digital Media Arts College 
    7. Epitome Villa (Pty)Ltd 
    8. EYETHU NATIONAL COMPUTER COLLEGE PTY LTD 
    9. FILM Mentorship & Training SA 
    10. Footprint Media academy Pty ltd 
    11. Frayintermedia Cc 
    12. Gold Class Group 
    13. Greenview Training and Development Skills Centre 
    14. IT Labs Consulting 
    15. Johannesburg Institute of Engi 
    16. MBOWA COLLEGE PTY LTD 
    17. Media Village Training 
    18. Movietech Film and Television College 
    19. OL Afrika Media 
    20. OPELONG BUSINESS INSTITUTE (PT 
    21. Peo Entle HIV Wellness Management and Youth Skills Development NPO 
    22. Pracical Audio Solution 
    23. PRX SCHOOL TEST 
    24. Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology Pty Ltd 
    25. SA College of Technology (PTY) 
    26. SOUTH AFRICAN CORPORATE TRAINI 
    27. The Camera Academy 
    28. Thubelihle Graduate Institute 
    29. VUTHLARI MARKETING CONSULTING 
    30. Youth Media Movement 
    31. ZA WIT (PTY) LTD 



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