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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Animate visual elements 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242641  Animate visual elements 
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  15 
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 that learners are able to animate visual elements consistently and according to given requirements such as scripts, time lines, breakdowns, storyboards and treatments. Credited learners can maintain drama, emotion, mood, style, etc. while keeping in mind the specific context, as well as other characters in animation. They constantly evaluate their work against specified criteria, and adhere to the production process and environment requirements within which they operate.

Competent animation of visual elements impacts directly and significantly on the quality of animation output. The ability to consistently animate visual elements is a generic set of competence that can be applied in many visual art or related fields, including animation. In addition, competence to manage one's operations within the context of a specific environment improves one's employability and impacts positively on production teamwork.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Modifying repeatedly visual elements according to specific requirements.
  • Evaluating visual elements against specified criteria.
  • Preparing production environments for efficient work flow.
  • Maintaining production environments according to specified procedures. 

  • 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 the learner has already achieved the following competencies:
  • Art, drawing and design (visual literacy) at NQF Level 4.
  • Language and communication at NQF Level 4 in one language .
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 4.
  • Understanding relevant physics concepts such as Newtonian laws of mass in motion at NQF Level 4.
  • Gathering information for specified purposes at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Visual elements can include characters, objects and sets.
  • Other range statements are included in the unit standard with specific outcomes and assessment criteria, where relevant. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Modify repeatedly visual elements according to specific requirements. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Specific requirements are contained in scripts, time lines, breakdowns, storyboards and treatments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Decisions in given treatments are applied consistently. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Speed ensures adherence to deadlines/time requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All modifications adhere to animation principles specified in given treatments and modifications specified by time line are applied according to motion treatment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Interpretation of time lines is justified in terms of given treatments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Focus is maintained to ensure consistency. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Production specifications are read accurately. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Specifications include time lines, breakdowns, storyboards and treatments.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Position references are used accurately. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Position references include backgrounds, layout drawings, field charts, motion guides, camera grids, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Consistency references are used correctly. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Consistency references include model sheets, production stills, layout drawings, etc.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Evaluate visual elements against specified criteria. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Criteria include timing, consistency of form, motion treatment, volume, medium, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Problems are referred to relevant persons responsible for treatment processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Feedback/approval is obtained regularly from relevant persons according to specified procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Visual elements are played back regularly and assessed against own quality criteria and other elements in scenes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Evaluation is on going and frequency of evaluation prevents waste of resources. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Evaluation is against all relevant criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Evaluation process is justified in terms of the quality of end products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Changes made address all identified problems and only identified problems. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Prepare production environments for efficient workflow. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Work materials are arranged according to identified category systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Identified category systems ensure efficient workflow. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    All equipment is checked for functionality before commencement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    All necessary equipment and materials are within reach and not obstructing own or others' movement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Equipment and materials are used according to manufacturer specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Occupational health and safety requirements are adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Equipment and materials are set up according to given procedures for a specific context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    For example, in way that is agreed upon for the whole studio, and not just according to own working methods.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Maintain production environments according to specified procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Work areas are kept clean according to organisation requirements and nothing is introduced that is not part of the production environment, to ensure that materials are not contaminated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Materials are handled in way that preserves the integrity, functionality, and quality of the materials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Structures and systems are maintained according to specified procedures and facilities are used only for agreed production activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Materials finished/completed are stored in the correct, specified place. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Malfunctioning equipment is reported/referred to relevant persons for repairs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Production environments are prepared for subsequent use according to specified procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Production environments are maintained according to given procedures for a specific context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Agreed ethical requirements and rules of specific organisations are adhered to. 


    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.
  • Recommended ETQA: MAPPP-SETA ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
  • Animation requirements and principles contained in scripts, time lines, breakdowns, storyboards and treatments.
  • Production specifications.
  • Position and consistency references.
  • Quality criteria of end products.
  • Production environments and work flow, structures and systems, and equipment and materials.
  • Occupational health and safety requirements.
  • Manufacturer specifications.
  • Material contamination, integrity, functionality, and quality.
  • Ethical requirements and rules of specific organisations. 

  • 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 decisions in given treatments are applied consistently and changes made address all identified problems and only identified problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community when problems are referred to relevant persons responsible for treatment processes, malfunctioning equipment is reported/referred to relevant persons for repairs and feedback/approval is obtained regularly from relevant persons according to specified procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when speed ensures adherence to deadlines/time requirements, focus is maintained to ensure consistency, equipment and materials are used according to manufacturer specifications, occupational health and safety requirements are adhered to, equipment and materials are set up according to given procedures for a specific context and work areas are kept clean according to organisation requirements and nothing is introduced that is not part of the production environment, to ensure that materials are not contaminated. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to evaluate visual elements against specified criteria. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to modify repeatedly visual elements according to specific requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when position references are used accurately, consistency references are used correctly, and materials are handled in way that preserves the integrity, functionality, and quality of the materials. 

    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 all modifications adhere to animation principles specified in given treatments and modifications specified by time line are applied according to motion treatment, interpretation of time lines is justified in terms of given treatments, and work materials are arranged according to identified category systems. 

    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  57611   National Certificate: 2D Animation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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