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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Generate observational and conceptual studies for artworks 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
376283  Generate observational and conceptual studies for artworks 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Visual Arts 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Visual Arts 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
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 
The purpose of this unit standard is for learners to be able to develop their perceptual skills in order for them to develop studies based on direct observation as well as develop concepts through a variety of rendering processes. Perceptual skills borne out of a process of immersion in visual experience are fundamental to the development of a visual sensibility and competence in the manipulation of visual language (art elements and design principles) as a medium for ideation and expression. Traditionally, perceptual skills are developed and most directly applied through a range of drawing techniques. This unit standard accommodates a wide set of possible tools, techniques and materials, recognising that these skills are frequently acquired outside of a formal training situation through working with a variety of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional tools and media.

Through establishing a standard of rigour in the development of a sound foundation of perceptual skills and visual acuity, the standard promotes the development of confident and individuated application and manipulation of visual language. The development of unique artworks borne out of an individual's creative immersion in the rendering of visual experience is central to the economics of the visual arts industry, and provides visual artists with unique creative resources that can be brought to bear on occupations, projects and income-earning opportunities across the creative industries.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Developing perceptual skills.
  • Producing observational studies for artworks.
  • Producing conceptual studies for artworks.
  • Producing combined drawing studies for artworks. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    it is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • The unit standard:
    > Explore and apply materials and techniques for art making to specified artworks, at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Develop perceptual skills. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Techniques, procedures and exercises for developing perceptual skills are correctly identified and selected in accordance with artistic intentions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Techniques, procedures and exercises include: blind drawing; cross-hatching and tonal drawing, contour drawing, gestural drawing, random/aleatory techniques, techniques employing unconventional tools and materials for rendering.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and materials required for identified techniques, procedures and exercises for developing perceptual skills are identified, selected, maintained and organised. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tools and materials include any tools, materials and equipment that can be applied to the representation of observed 2 and 3 dimensional forms in space.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Techniques and exercises for developing perceptual skills are practised on a regular basis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Visual records are produced in response to a wide variety of observed natural and man-made objects and environments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Visual records produced from technical exercises involve detailed exploration and experimentation with wide range of art elements and design principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Visual records produced from technical exercises involves detailed exploration of wide range of mark-making techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Appropriate range of methods for maintaining visual records are identified and utilised. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods should allow for both portability (e.g. visual diaries, sketchbooks) as well as breadth in terms of scale and materials utilised.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Produce observational studies for artworks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Requirements for primary visual reference material based on direct observation and recording of perceptions are correctly identified in accordance with artwork brief. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Artwork briefs include externally set and self-determined briefs; requirements for primary visual reference material include specification of range of natural or man-made objects, phenomena and environments to be recorded.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Exploration and experimentation with mark-making techniques, art elements and design principles in producing visual records based on direct observation is in accordance with artwork brief. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sequences and series of visual records demonstrate evolving ability to record perceptions in accordance with requirements of brief. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Visual records recording perceptions are organised and stored for safekeeping and ease of access and reference. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Produce conceptual studies for artworks 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Requirements for concept development are correctly identified in accordance with artwork brief. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Artwork briefs include externally set and self-determined briefs
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Exploration and experimentation with mark-making techniques, art elements and design principles in development of visual concepts is in accordance with artwork brief. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Sequences and series of visual records demonstrating concept development are generated in accordance with artwork brief. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Visual records produced demonstrate processes of elaboration, development and clarification of concepts through exploration and experimentation with materials and visual language. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Visual records of conceptual development are organised and stored for safekeeping and ease of access and reference. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Produce combined drawing studies for artworks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Requirements for combination of drawing techniques and approaches are correctly identified in accordance with artwork brief. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Exploration and experimentation with mark-making techniques, art elements and design principles in development of combined drawing studies is in accordance with artwork brief. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Multiple drawing techniques and approaches are effectively integrated in accordance with requirements of artwork brief. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Combined drawing studies are organised and stored for safekeeping and ease of access and reference. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • 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 
  • The correct use and application of a range of tools, materials and techniques for rendering visual experience and ideas.
  • Art elements and design principles. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems through practical investigation, development and rendering of concepts. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage process of visual and technical responsibly and effectively, with due regard for safety of self and others in the handling and storage of materials and equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically analyse material generated from technical investigations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation in the presentation of technical research. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively through applied experimentation with artmaking technologies in researching a body of artwork. 

    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, through the activity of gathering and processing technical procedures and methods in the development of a body of artwork. 

    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  78003   Further Education and Training Certificate: Visual Arts  Level 4  NQF Level 04  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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