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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Develop and refine design solutions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115166  Develop and refine design solutions 
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 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  14 
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 the learning credited in this unit standard is to enable learners to develop and refine design concepts into practical solutions. Credited learners are able to:
1. Interpret concepts and refining the conceptual process in regards to communication media, methodologies and manufacturing processes and end users.
2. Translate developed concepts into practical design through technological and design processes.
The unit standards that are centred on the design process, identify the relevant steps and methods that contribute towards successful design. Therefore, these standards are relevant to learners who will be pursuing careers as practising designers or people practising within the design sectors. People who pursue careers in these sectors contribute directly to the economic development of the country and to the social development of communities, region and the nation as a whole.

Credited learners are capable of:
1. Developing and refining the most appropriate solutions for design problems.
2. Translating concepts into practical and effective design solutions within given media and time constraints.
3. Executing design solutions with professional finish.
4. Using appropriate technology effectively and successfully in the implementation of design solutions. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that learners embarking on learning towards this Unit Standard have the following competencies:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 2
  • General creativity 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following statements provide a general guide to the scope and complexity of the competence expected of the learner:
    1. The scope and context of this unit standard relates directly to the specific discipline as well as to specific projects.
    2. Technology refers to the particular technologies used within a specific field of design, for example computers and print processes for visual design or manufacturing processes, machinery and materials for industrial design.
    3. Professional finish refers to an industry level of finish on a particular project. At this level, credited learners should are able to demonstrate good execution skills. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Develop and refine the most appropriate solutions for design problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Concepts are developed and refined to an industry level. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Media, methodologies, technologies and processes are developed and refined to an industry level. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Solutions are contextualised and substantiated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Translate concepts into practical and effective design solutions. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Translate concepts into practical and effective design solutions within given media and time constraints. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Design solutions are appropriately translated and developed from refined concepts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Design solutions are functional and communicate specific messages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Design solutions are effective to the end user 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Design solutions have been refined and developed within viable time and media restraints. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Execute design solutions with professional finish. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The level of finish of design solutions is appropriate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The execution of design solutions is professional. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The level of finish of design solutions is contextualised within the context of the end user. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Use appropriate technology effectively and successfully in the implementation of design solutions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Technology has been used effectively to produce a professional design solution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Technology is appropriate and contextualised within the context of the design brief. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Technology takes into consideration environmentally sustainable criteria. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. The assessment of learner achievement takes place at providers accredited by the CHE (or the MAPPP SETA or another relevant ETQA) for the provision of programmes that result in the outcomes specified for the qualification that this unit standard forms part of. The CHE (or the MAPPP SETA or another relevant ETQA is responsible for the moderation of achievement of those learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. Those assessing or moderating the outcomes of this unit standard must hold a qualification at NQF 6 in the relevant field.
    2. Assessors need to be aware of the inter-relationship between unit standards that assess the design process, and credited learners should demonstrate the link between these. As this unit standard is part of a design and learning process, it should be evaluated as such. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Credited learners understand and can explain:
    1. A variety of conceptual processes.
    2. A variety of technological processes.
    3. Methods of execution.
    4. Professional levels of finish.
    5. Environmentally sustainable criteria.
    6. Health and safety in the context of design production.
    7. Interpretation of design briefs.
    8. Target markets and end users.
    9. A variety of communication methodologies and methods.
    10. Manufacturing processes. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking
  • Refine conceptual processes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Work with others to develop and refine conceptual and technological processes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage activities responsibly and effectively
  • Develop design solutions within given timeframes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse and critically evaluate information
  • Refine design solutions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • Develop design solutions that communicate effectively. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Demonstrate scientific and technological competence
  • Refine and develop technological processes 

  • 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.
  • Develop design solutions within specific and broad contexts. 

  • 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  79809   Bachelor of Design  Level 6  NQF Level 07  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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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