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Creative Industries Qualification
The Royal Photographic Society’s Imaging for the Creative Industries qualification provides a structure leading to professional qualifications with particular relevance for those in the media including picture editors, art directors, curators, and designers as well as those within elements of education
This could provide a qualification for educators, offering a focused opportunity for the academic community. Within this umbrella, the relevant academic disciplines from the fine arts to design as well as their applications can be interpreted widely. Specifically it will include areas of photography and imaging that embraces both those who make and those who use the medium(s).
The qualification may be gained by members of The Society working within relatively narrow specialisations but their achievements will require a range of widely applicable professional skills. Candidates are required to demonstrate at an appropriate stage, and as required by their particular professional circumstances, an ability to plan and undertake some form of project through to successful completion.
While this new qualification could be seen to mirror the Imaging Science qualification, the requirements should be seen as demonstrably different from the various distinctions panels such as Visual Art, Professional & Applied, as well as Research, Education & Application of Photography. We must accept and celebrate there is a parallel mindset between distinctions and qualifications.
Members who acquire an Imaging for the Creative Industries qualification will also receive a Society distinction. Graduates who become members of The Society may well opt to use the qualifications route rather than the distinctions route for exemption. With these new qualifications substantially mirroring the existing Imaging Science qualifications, they will provide added strength to the understanding and acceptance of both routes to The Society’s membership portfolio.
The common elements within this discussion are the medium of photography / imaging and its professional use for the creative industries. Without prejudice to The Society’s existing qualifications and distinctions, this new qualification could be known as ‘Imaging for the Creative Industries’.
Stage 1: (QICI & LRPS) Qualified in Imaging in the Creative Industries & Licentiate: for those with academic qualifications below degree level.
Stage 2: (GICI & ARPS) Graduate in Imaging in the Creative Industries & Associate: for those with a first degree.
Stage 3: (AICI & ARPS) Accredited in Imaging in the Creative Industries & Associate: for those with postgraduate experience in the creative industries.
Stage 4: (ASICI & FRPS) Accredited Senior in Imaging in the Creative Industries & Fellow: the senior professional qualification.
Candidates with a valid claim for entry to a higher category need not proceed through the lower categories.
Qualifications may be gained by members of The Society working within relatively narrow specialisations but their achievements will require a range of widely applicable professional skills. Candidates are required to demonstrate at an appropriate stage, and as required by their particular professional circumstances, an ability to plan and undertake a project brief to successful completion; write proposals, reports or presentations as an individual or part of a team; and making, using or publishing images.
Those members who acquire an Imaging in the Creative Industries qualification will receive additionally The Society’s distinction. In common with most bodies awarding vocational qualifications, the former (ICI) status only continues whilst the person is professionally active, whether in full time employment or fully retired and is a member of The Society. Professional activity includes one (or more) of the following:
Professional activity (e.g. involvement in a professional body by serving on committees, attending meetings, mentoring) Work based learning (e.g. consultancy, supervising staff/students, external examining, reflective practice) Formal/Educational (e.g. writing articles/papers, further education) Self-directed learning (e.g. reading journals, reviewing books/refereeing articles).
Other (e.g. voluntary work, public service). Members who terminate qualified membership, on ceasing to be professionally active, may retain The Society Distinction as long as they remain paid up members of The Society.
The evidence required in support of applications for qualifications will normally be in 4 parts: i. Documentary evidence of prior academic qualifications. In certain cases this requirement may be replaced by a longer period of relevant experience. (APEL).
ii. A statement of experience as a professional in the creative industries.
iii. A full curriculum vitae.
iv. Statements from referees that will allow the extent, stage, scope, and experience of the candidate in the creative industries to be assessed. Where a mentor (see supervision below) has been appointed, his/her report must be included.
For each stage of qualification there are three basic routes designated A, B and C. The descriptions below are not prescriptive but are intended to give a general indication of the level required.
Qualified in the Imaging for the Creative Industries & Licentiate (QICI & LRPS)
a) Foundation degree in art, design or media or the equivalent.
b) One year of relevant experience. Where the candidate has not satisfied part a), four years of relevant experience will be accepted instead.
c) Normally, the candidate will have performed work of a non-routine nature, which may have been directed by a senior colleague, and have produced accurate records and write proposals, reports or presentations as an individual or part of a team; and making, using or publishing images.
Graduate in the Imaging in the Creative Industries & Associate (GICI & ARPS)
a) A suitable degree in art, design or media or the equivalent.
b) One year of relevant experience where the candidate has an honors degree, and two years of relevant experience where the candidate has a pass degree.
c) Normally, the candidate will have made a useful contribution to the work of a team and may have directed the work of others.
Accredited in the Imaging in the Creative Industries & Associate (AICI & ARPS)
a) Normally either QICI or GICI.
b) Five years of relevant experience post QICI or three years of relevant experience post GIS. Where the candidate has not satisfied part a), nine years of relevant experience will be accepted instead.
c) As GICI but more evidence reflecting the years involved. Normally, the candidate will have generated and completed an individual project, such as a creating or using published images, and involvement with published work. The Qualifications Board will expect to see evidence of independent work.
Accredited Senior Imaging in the Creative Industries & Fellow (ASICI & FRPS)
NOTE: The ASICI qualification was conceived as being equivalent to having Chartered status.
a) Normally AICI.
b) Five years of relevant experience post AICI. Alternatively, nine years of relevant experience post GICI or eleven years post QICI. Where the candidate has not satisfied QICI (part a)) fourteen years of relevant experience will be accepted instead.
c) Individual work of a high standard, which has shown originality. The Qualifications Board will expect to see evidence of a broad involvement in creative industries beyond a narrow specialism.
Members of The Royal Photographic Society who are also members of other professional or learned bodies and hold equivalent qualifications may apply for ACI (e.g. ABIPP or MCSD) or for ASCI (e.g. FBIPP or FCSD) provided that they have a sufficient period of appropriate work experience in the creative industries. This could encompass parallel discrete disciplines involved with art, design and media and this should be interpreted widely as should its relevance to other professional bodies (such as the British Institute of Professional Photography, British Kinematograph, Sound & Television Society, and the Chartered Society of Designers). In these cases, only evidence of the exempting qualification, a statement of relevant experience, a curriculum vitae and one referee's report are required.
Membership of parallel organisations could be seen as supporting evidence, such as the Association of Photographers (AoP) or the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Other organisations may be considered on their merit.
NATIONAL OCCUPATIONAL STANDARDS
The National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Photo Imaging is developed and maintained via government funding by Creative Skillset. The Photo Imaging NOS is supported by an industry steering group and through widespread industry consultation. See: Photo Imaging National Occupational Standards, Creative Skillset, February 2013. The Qualifications Board for the Creative Industries will reference this where appropriate.
It is recommended that the candidate registers an intention to apply for a Qualification at the beginning of the period of qualifying experience or as soon as practicable thereafter. This allows the candidate to seek a mentor who will monitor, assist and advise the candidate on their progress during the qualifying period. The mentor's final report provides detailed evidence in support of the application. In cases where the candidate's work is confidential, the mentor's report may provide the major or sole evidence.
Note: It is the responsibility of the candidate to identify and engage with a suitably qualified mentor and notify The Society for approval.
QUALIFICATIONS BOARD FOR IMAGING FOR THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
The Qualifications Board will consider applications for all qualifications. Membership of this Qualifications Board will be determined by the Council of The Royal Photographic Society and will consist of members who hold suitable academic qualifications and/or RPS distinctions.
The Qualifications Board for the Creative Industries recommends successful candidates for the appropriate qualification to the Council of the Royal Photographic Society. In cases of failure the Qualifications Board will give clear reasons to the candidate and, where appropriate, guidance and advice, without prejudice or commitment, as to how a future application should be made.