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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Interpret motion conventions for animated elements and camera 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242645  Interpret motion conventions for animated elements and camera 
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 
The purpose of this unit standard is to enable learners to compile motion treatments based on motion frequency requirements, reference material, and animation principles and to test, refine and evaluate motion and processes for creating motion. Competence to gather and analyse information is generic in other fields, such as social studies, and enhances the learner's ability to learn by ensuring that they can gather relevant information, interpret it within its context and for a specific purpose, use the results of their analysis to take action, and evaluate their own work.

Credited learners are capable of:
  • Determine motion frequency according to specified requirements.
  • Gather reference material of work that influence specific productions.
  • Implement animation principles for animated elements and camera.
  • Test and refine motion for animated elements and camera.
  • Evaluate and refine processes for creating motion.
  • Compile motion treatments according to specification. 

  • 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.
  • Drawing from life at NQF Level 5.
  • Mathematic literacy at NQF Level 4.
  • Computer literacy at NQF Level 4.
  • Understanding relevant physics concepts such as Newtonian laws of mass in motion (NQF Level 4). 

  • 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 
    Determine motion frequency according to specified requirements. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Motion frequency means animating on 1's, 2's, 3's etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Motion frequency is appropriate for cost, deadlines, output format, specifications, viewership, style and animation medium, and speed of movement. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Specifications include given concepts and structures, including narrative.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Motion frequency is appropriate for motion in specified context of shots. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Motion frequency is feasible for given technological contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Motion frequency is feasible for specific output formats. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    History of usage and context of how and why motion frequency is used is explained in terms of cultural relevance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Reasons for given motion design are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Gather reference material of work that influence specific productions. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Material related to movement of all visual elements, inc. objects, motiefs, characters, camera moves, backgrounds, props, cultural context, historical context, geographic contexts, speed, fluidity/jerkiness, rhythm, relationship between motion and sound, degree of expressiveness, flexibility and rigidity, emotion, characterisation through movement, closeness to life, degree of stylisation/degree of exaggeration, use of limited or full animation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Selected materials are relevant to satisfy specified purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Various appropriate formats are gathered. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reference materials are organised and archived according to specified procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Structure/categories are based on relevance for specific productions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reference materials are appropriate for specific animation media. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Implement animation principles for animated elements and camera. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Given specifications are adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Budget requirements are met. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Deadlines are adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Technical requirements are met. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Expressive requirements of each shot are met. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Decisions are justified based on which animation principles apply, and on the degree of compatibility with design conventions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Test and refine motion for animated elements and camera. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tests use appropriate media. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Testing of motion is comprehensive. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant scale of allowable variation is selected. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Testing adheres to motion design conventions and consistency requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Evaluate and refine processes for creating motion. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Processes are evaluated with regards to relevant criteria. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Criteria relate to budget and deadline, economic viability, local relevance, consistency to motion design conventions, output, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate media and technology are used for evaluation and refining. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Evaluation is thorough in terms of all process aspects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Deadlines are adhered to. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Recommendations and refinement are justified based on findings from evaluation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Compile motion treatments according to specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate formats are used for motion treatments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Motion treatments are collected in presentable, understandable ways for specific viewership requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Motion treatments are structured and organised in a way that is easily accessible. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Motion treatments thoroughly reflect all decisions made regarding motion. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Deadlines 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:
  • Motion frequency and design, motion design conventions and consistency requirements.
  • Processes for creating motion.
  • History of usage and context of how and why motion frequency is used.
  • Reference materials and formats, and organisation, structure/categories and archiving.
  • Animation media and technology.
  • Animation principles for animated elements and camera.
  • Technical requirements and expressive requirements of shots.
  • Testing motion and allowable variation.
  • Compiling motion treatments, and motion treatment formats and structure. 

  • 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 motion frequency is appropriate for cost, deadlines, output format, specifications, viewership, style and animation medium, and speed of movement and relevant scale of allowable variation is selected. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community when motion treatments are structured and organised in a way that is easily accessible. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when budget, technical and expressive requirements and deadlines are adhered to. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to gather reference material of work that influence specific productions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematic and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation when motion treatments are collected in presentable, understandable ways for specific viewership requirements. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others to test and refine motion for animated elements and camera, and when appropriate media and technology are used for evaluation and refining. 

    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 decisions are justified based on which animation principles apply, and on the degree of compatibility with design conventions. 

    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.
     
    1. South African Film Institute 



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