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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Create visual elements for 2D animation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242643  Create visual elements for 2D animation 
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 
This unit standard requires learners to be able to execute final animation specifications and treatments and produce or collect all necessary materials for production. Credited learners can create visual elements (works of art, models, etc. including sets and props) that will be animated, according to specified requirements, and based on research regarding motion and the result of visual development. They achieve competence in a variety of visual media and make possible the movement of characters and objects by placing joints, drawing keys, setting colour palettes, selecting materials, etc. based on libraries of movement, storyboards and treatments.

Producing quality visual elements for animation is a prerequisite for quality animation and impacts significantly on the quality of animation output. The visual art competence required for credit against this unit standard is transferable, and contributes to outputs of the visual arts field, and is a generic, transferable set of competence that can be applied in many visual art or related fields, including animation. In addition, competence to test functionality is also generic in other fields, and enhances the learner's ability to learn by ensuring that they can evaluate their own work.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Identifying visual elements required for animation.
  • Producing visual elements according to animation specifications.
  • Testing viability and quality of all visual elements against given criteria.
  • Storing visual elements for use during animation processes. 

  • 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:
  • Language and communication at NQF Level 4 in one language.
  • Art, drawing and design competence (visual literacy) at NQF Level 4 (including visual development). 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are included in the unit standard with specific outcomes and assessment criteria, where relevant. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify visual elements required for animation. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Specifications can include treatments, storyboards, schedules, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All visual elements are identified from all given specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All available given resources are used. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Resources can include treatments and storyboards, schedules, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Re-usable elements are indicated where relevant. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Deadlines are adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Items are prioritised according to given schedules. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Produce visual elements according to animation specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Production adheres to given schedule and deadlines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Elements are produced consistently and according to given specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Elements are produced within budget. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Methodologies for using materials are appropriate for specific contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Elements facilitate the types of motion decided on in motion and design treatments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Elements meet production process requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Elements meet requirements for given viewership, concept and structure (including narrative), and purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Elements are consistently assessed against final production quality criteria. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Test viability and quality of all visual elements against given criteria. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Criteria include the entire animation production process up to final output formats. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tests include all necessary modifications and positions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tests incorporate all visual elements to be used. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Deadlines are adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Budget requirements are met. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Store visual elements for use during animation processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    All relevant materials are stored. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Materials are stored securely. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Archived materials are in an environment suitable for specific media and formats. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Prescribed production storage procedures are adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reference systems ensure future access. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Reference systems include cataloguing, numbering, labelling, etc. of sets.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Referencing is accurate. 


    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:
  • Resources for visual elements required for animation, including re-usable elements.
  • Scheduling.
  • Production processes and production process requirements.
  • Final production quality criteria (e.g. consistency, viewership, concept and structure, purpose, output formats, etc.).
  • Methodologies for using materials in production.
  • Types of motion, and motion and design treatments.
  • Testing modifications and positions.
  • Storage requirements (e.g. media and formats, security, environmental, production storage procedures) and reference systems. 

  • 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 tests include all necessary modifications and positions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community to store visual elements for use during animation processes, and when elements facilitate the types of motion decided on in motion and design treatments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when deadlines and budget requirements are adhered to, items are prioritised according to given schedules and elements are produced consistently and according to given specifications. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to identify visual elements required for animation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when elements meet requirements for given viewership, concept and structure (including narrative), and purpose. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when archived materials are in an environment suitable for specific media and formats. 

    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 to test viability and quality of all visual elements against given criteria. 

    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: 
    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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